Thursday, February 28, 2013

Paavakka Varuval - Bitter Gourd Chips


 Eating a bitter gourd preparation at the start of a meal helps to activate the digestive juices resulting in good digestion. I prepare sambar, koottu, gojju or curry using Paavakka  (bitter gourd) very often, for its various health benefits. Occasionally I love to pamper the taste buds with PaavakkaVaruval  (Bitter Gourd Chips) too.


Bitter Gourd - 4 
Salt - 1 tsp 
Sambar powder - 1 tsp 
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch 
Asafoetida - 1 pinch 
Gram flour (Besan) - 2 tsps 
Rice flour - 2 tsps 
Oil - for frying 


1. Wash, wipe and cut bitter gourd into moderately thin slices. 
2. Remove the seeds if they are hard. 
3. Spread the cut slices on a towel so that all the moisture is absorbed. 
4. Mix all the powders and the bitter gourd slices together in a dry bowl. Let this mixture be absolutely dry. 

5. Heat a table spoon of oil and mix into the bitter gourd mixture. 
6. Take a handful of the vegetable mixture and sprinkle into hot oil. 
7. Fry batch by batch on medium flame till they become crisp. 

Enjoy the spicy and mildly bitter Paavakka Varuval with a hot  meal.

3 Post your Comments:

Priya Suresh said...

I dont hesitate a second to finsih that whole plate, tempting chips.

GreenComotion said...

Delightful recipe, thanks for the same.

Do you have a recipe for Paavakkaai Pitlai? Thanks in advance.

Peace :)

Unknown said...

I will finish the whole plate. looks so good.