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Bitter gourd Chips - Pavakkai Varuval

Bitter melon is rich in nutrients and has lot of medicinal uses. It is called as pavakkai or paakharkai in tamil, Kaakarakaya in telugu and Karela in Hindi. I usually prepare pavakkai poriyal and to reduce bitterness I add tomato and jaggery. Last week my mom tried this bitter melon chips and told it was a big hit. I was keep on asking her only one thing, how about bitterness in the dish. She told the deep fry has reduced the bitterness a lot. Enjoy this pavakkai  varuval as a side dish to Rice especially with curd rice.  Please check below for step wise instructions and pictures for making Bitter melon chips.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins 
Ready In: 25 mins 
Yields: 2 Servings

Pavakkai Varuval

For Deep Fry
Medium size bitter melon
All purpose flour / Maida
1 tbsp
Rice Flour
1 tbsp
Corn flour
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
Coriander powder               
1 tsp
chilli powder
2 tsp


  • Wash bitter melon and remove the two end parts. Slice into very thin pieces. Remove the seeds inside.
  •   In a bowl, mix all purpose flour, rice flour, corn flour, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt. Add the sliced bitter melon pieces. If needed sprinkle some water and coat the bitter melon pieces. Allow it to marinate for 15 minutes.

  • Heat enough oil to deep fry. To check whether oil is hot, drop a little piece of karela into oil. If it bubbles up on top, then oil is hot.When the oil is hot, fry till the bitter melon turns golden colour. Remove the excess oil by placing it in paper towel.

Deep fry bitter melon in medium flame. 
Don't over crowd while Frying.
Cut bitter gourd into very thin slices.
Pavakkai Varuval

Bitter gourd chips / Pavakkai Varuval / Karela Chips / Pavakkai chips / Bitter melon Chips / Kaakarakaya chips


  1. Wow, crispy delicious pavakkai varuval...

  2. My favourite vegetable.. and I love this preparation...

  3. Turned out so fabulous and love it so much. I don't need to get into long stories on how healthy bitter gourd is because we all know it by now.

  4. Wow nice recipe . looks yummy

  5. Wow! Looks delicious and tempting Nithya :-)

  6. The karela chips looks tasty!!

  7. ohh wow.. never tried bitter gourd this way.. looks fab dear..

  8. they look perfect ! wonderful clicks :)


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