Bitter gourd /Karela Fry | Bitter Melon Fry

Bitter melon which is called bitter gourd or karela in India is one vegetable i hate from my childhood days,even after i started cooking i never buy this vegetable due to its bitter taste. My husband would keep on insist me to include this like other veggies but i never did.This is not the situation now where i started buying this and indulging it. When i made this fry even my kids love it as it does not taste bitter and they finished it off. Do try this way and feed children who hate this vegetable.

Preparation time: 5 mins
cooking time: 15 mins
Recipe type: side dish
Recipe cuisine: Indian
Author: Babitha


  • bitter gourd-3
  • curd-  1 tbsp +2 tsp
  • Rice flour- 1 tbsp
  • besan flour-1 tbsp
  • red chilly powder- 2 tsp
  • turmeric powder-1\2 tsp
  • ginger garlic paste-1\2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil- to deep fry


1.clean the bitter gourd and chop it into thin slices ( to get crispy it's important the slices be thin|).

2. First, add some curd and salt, mix it well and keep for a while. water ooze out extracts the slices from it (this way some of its bitterness is eliminated|).else move to the next step.

3. Except oil add in all ingredients and mix it well. If needed you may sprinkle some water for binding or flour for coating( adjust accordingly).

4.Heat oil in a pan and fry it well in batches.Drain the excess on in kitchen tissue.

Serve as snack or gave it with a cup of tea.


1.Adjust spice level which suits you.


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