Snacks & Starters


Who doesn’t like chips ? I’m sure there would not be a single hand out there that would have raised ? Today’s post is for all chips lovers ,here comes Hot chips style “Bitter gourd Chips” recreated in my kitchen.The spicy crispies with a very very mild bitterness in it makes a great teatime snack.They are also a perfect side dish with rasam / dal / majjige huli / sambar .


What bitter gourd??!!When there are so many varieties of chips to choose from ,why this??Didn’t i get  anything else !! Ha ha..i’m trying to visualize the faces of bitter gourd haters after the mention of my today’s recipe .I can see many haters .. Hmm..But trust me, after you taste this chips,you’ll like bitter gourd at least in this form and  keep on munching one by one…

For me bitter guard is just like any other vegetable and like it in all avatars.But for my kiddos its not the same. Since the veggie has been named so, it has to be bitter and they don’t even want to taste it.Being aware of nutritional values of karela i wanted to make them eat it somehow.And realized bitter gourd chips is the best way to make kids eat this veggie or any bitter gourd haters for that matter.When they tasted them for the first time they just loved the crispy fries and wanted more.I was so happy and since then its become a regular one in my home. Its one of those recipes that requires less effort but has a wonderful taste.Don’t worry they don’t absorb much oil too..

What are you still waiting for ?? Try it out and i’m sure you’l love it and change your views for good…


Smitha Kalluraya
The spicy crispies with a very mild bitterness in it makes a great teatime snack / Side Dish
Course Snack
Cuisine south indian


  • 1 large bitter gourd
  • 1 tbsp Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp Gram Flour Besan
  • 3/4 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder/ Dhania
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder/ Jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds saunf, ( Slightly crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp Raw mango/ Amchoor
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder,
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • Salt
  • Oil to deep fry


  • Wash bitter gourd and pat dry.Discard ends and cut into thin slices ( the slices should neither be too thin nor thick ). No need do de seed them.
  • Later to the bitter gourd slices add all the flours and spice powders one by one.
  • Mix everything well. If required sprinkle just a few drops of water ,so that all slices are coated well with masala mixture or you can also add 1-2 tsp of hot oil. ( don't add more water it will make them soggy ) .
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a deep pan / kadai for deep frying. Once its hot ,add masala quoted bitter gourd slices to the oil, slice by slice , in batches .Fry on medium low flame on both sides till the bitter gourds are crispy and hissing sound stops.Once the hissing sound stops , its an indication that bitter gourds are done.Remove them from oil and drain excess oil on a paper towel.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining bitter gourd pieces.
  • That's it...crispy bitter gourd fries are ready to munch...Store in air tight container .
  • Isn't it simple and quick? Hoping you will surely incorporate bitter gourd in your diet...


  • Make sure you slice the bitter gourd evenly so that while frying it gets cooked evenly.
  • Instead of water , you can add 1 -2 tsp of hot oil to the spice powder +  bitter gourd mixture. This will make them more crispy. Also the surface of chips will not look dry.
  • Depending on the size of your kadai add the bitter gourd pcs for deep frying. Do not over clump. That will reduce the temperature of oil n they will absorb more oil
  • When u r adding bitter gourd slice, flame should be medium high.Later reduce to medium low.While frying, fry until sshhh.. sound stops.This is very important to get crispy gourds.
  • If you want simple chips, just mix salt and chilli powder to karela and deep fry. or you want a south Indian taste omit all spice powder, just add sambar powder n a pinch of hing.

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  • Reply
    Priya Anandakumar
    February 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    very beautifully made and my hubbys fav…

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    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    February 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Gorgeous rings 🙂

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    chikkus Kitchen
    February 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Looks so crispy and yummy dear 🙂

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    Beulah Arun
    February 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Looks so crispy and tasty!

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    February 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    A tasty way to eat healthy stuff!

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    Mitha Hegde
    February 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! They have come out perfect.. Love them too…. 🙂

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    Priya Shiva
    February 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Yum yum post..

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    Vibha Sp
    February 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    we all like this chips very much but din’t try in home , lets try some time

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    Preetha Soumyan
    February 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I love them to be served with hot rice and dal curry

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    Sony P
    February 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Looking crispy……… nice clicks too !

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    Meena Kumar
    February 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Wow the bittergourd pieces are calling me…looks so yum .. Loved the first pic

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    Subha Bose
    February 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    It has come out so well, it looks exactly like what we get in shops.

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    sangeetha pn
    February 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    they look so crunchy n delicious! 🙂 Well made

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    February 8, 2014 at 8:48 am

    This is the most unique take on bitter gourd I have ever heard. I like it, I want some right now!

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    Manjula Bharath
    February 9, 2014 at 3:57 am

    such an crispy and yummy chips 🙂 looks very delicious dear !!

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    February 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, me too planning to try it soon:) looks super crispy:)

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    Sangeetha Priya
    February 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    crispy n yummy karela chips, love it 🙂

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    nandoos Kitchen
    February 10, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Wow! perfectly made Smitha. Love them. Very crisp.

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you Smitha…. Loved it….very tasty and crispy…. 🙂

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    jacob smith
    July 11, 2014 at 8:33 am

    It’s really great post and nice information about the Karela (Bitter-Melon) in your website.and Anybody get right information by your website and your post #Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia), also known as Karela, is a vine that is native to India. The fruit of the plant contains several active compounds called bitters (especially charantin and momordicin), vicine and a polypeptide (p-insulin) which help support healthy blood sugar levels.

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    Nandini Devi
    June 2, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Bittergourd is good for health and definitely we have to include it’s curry daily in our diet. So definitely i will try this recipe, it’s so delicious and yummy If you want to read its more health benefits follow us at

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    November 24, 2015 at 7:01 am

    wow nice recipe.My favorite recipe. These foods are good for health. Informative and interesting which we share with you so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts. I am tiring the same best work from me in the future as well. thank’s for sharing.

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    April 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Wowww, I must to try this recipe, I will prepare this dish in lunch box for kids at school and my lunch box at office!!! It looks yummy!!!

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    Frederick C. Church
    May 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Clear, informative, simple. Love your post!

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    June 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Hi,It is a very nice post. Nice recipe. My favorite recipe. These foods are good for health. Informative and interesting which we share with you so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts.

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    July 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    This looks so delicious and you make the picture look so great. Thanks all!

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    Habiba Bhanji
    September 2, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Looks delicious. I am going to try it. Can these be baked?

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