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Have you tasted Adyar Ananda Bhavan Bitter gourd chips ?  You love them ?  Then here is the recipe for you :)

Few years back when we first tasted the bitter gourd chips from Adyar Ananda bhavan we instantly loved it, as bitter gourd is our favorite vegetable. From that time I have been making this at home.  We love this a lot.  This comes out super crisp and very tasty !!!  I am sure you all will love this for sure :)  

Warning: Beware Bitter gourd hater’s you will start loving this chips.


Bitter gourd - 4 or 5
Cornflour - 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Chickpea flour(Besan) - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tbsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Fennel(Saunf) powder - 1/2 tsp (coarsely powdered)
Chilli powder(Cayenne) - 1 tbsp
Salt - as needed

Method :

1. Wash and dry the bitter gourd.
2. Slice the bitter gourd using the slicer, this is important to make the chips nice and crispy.
3. The slices should be neither thick nor thin.
4. Mix cornflour, rice flour, chickpea flour(besan) and all other spice powders with salt in a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cornflour for later dusting.
5. Now add this to the sliced bitter gourd  with a tsp of water. (Don’t add more water)
6. Make sure the spice mixture is nicely coated. Keep this mixture aside.
7. When you are ready for frying, heat oil in the pan.
8. Dust the remaining 1/4 cup of cornflour in the bitter gourd mixture.  Toss well so that everything is well dusted. (If the mixture is not sticking to the vegetable and if it is dry just add 2 to 3 drops of water, only 2 to 3 drops not more than that)
9. Check the temperature of oil, fry the bitter gourd in hot oil in batches until the big bubbles ceases (until the shh.. sound subsides). 
10. Drain them in the kitchen towel. 
11. Once you are done with all the bitter gourds, bake them in the oven (spreading out in the tray) for 10 minutes in 350 F preheated oven.
12. Cool and store in airtight container.


Bitter gourd chips is now ready for Munching!!!

Note :

1. The bitter gourd should be evenly sliced.
2. Baking them after frying makes the bitter gourd chips crispier and also it can be stored well.
3. While Frying, fry until the bubbles ceases(Shh sound subsides) this is very important to get crispy bitter gourds.  
4. You can also bake this bitter gourd chips in the oven instead of deep frying.  If you are baking in the oven then 1/4 cup corn flour which we are using later for dusting is not needed.  Just add 3 tbsp of oil in the bitter gourd mixture then bake them in the 400 f preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until they are nice and crisp.  Rotate the tray for every 10 minutes and also flip the bitter gourd for every 15 minutes.

Unknown  – (March 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM)  

Crispy and perfect, I love this too!

Unknown  – (March 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM)  

This is my husbands fav pavi...Awesome it is :)

Ambika  – (March 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM)  

LOVE this recipe!! These chips look amazing, pakave crisp aa, tasty aa irukku! I used to hate pavakka as a child, now that I started eating it, I don't get it here anymore :( Loved that first photo Pavi, Appidiye ade dabba la pack panni anupidu :)

FewMinute Wonders  – (March 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM)  

Tempts me for a bitter gourd disliker.

My Kitchen Antics  – (March 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM)  

this is prob the only karela dish that i eat..i love it.
Adayar ananda bhavan brings back a lot of fond memories..of college days :)

chef and her kitchen  – (March 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM)  

Hubby is a big fan of these chips...I always make the oven method,but never tried to store them n also we eat immediately...these look perfectly tempting

Hari Chandana P  – (March 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM)  

Looks absolutely perfect and tempting.. awesome shots dear :)
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Sujaa Sriram  – (March 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM)  

Wow... you know i'm a bittergourd lover and no matter i'll give a try... so delicious and crunchy. Nice tempting clicks :)

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Aarthi  – (March 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM)  

bitter gourd chips looks nice...perfect and crispy

Spice up the Curry  – (March 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM)  

such a nice recipe, crispy and delicious chips.

lata raja  – (March 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM)  

Yes, they are so delicious crisp and well balanced in taste at the said outlets. You have recreated that beautifully.

Gayathri Anand  – (March 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM)  

Love this chips ..never made it at home would love to give a try ..Loved ur presentation as always ....

MySpicyKitchen  – (March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM)  

I love bitter gourd and the chips look crispy and delicious!

Unknown  – (March 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM)  

Never had these........looks really tempting .

San  – (March 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM)  

Crispy and delicious snack with butter gourd pavi. Iam one among the bitter gourd haters :) got to try it sometime.

lubnakarim06  – (March 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM)  

I am huge fan of these chips and bitter gourd is my fav veggie...u r chips have turned very crisp and yum.....

Umm Mymoonah  – (March 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM)  

Haven't tried in Adyar Anandha Bhavan yet, the one you have made looks awesome.

Unknown  – (March 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM)  

I love their beetroot,carrot and bitter gourd chips..Thanx for sharing the recipe

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (March 22, 2012 at 8:56 PM)  

wow, my fav chips. nicely done pavi, Nice idea of baking this too

vidhas  – (March 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM)  

Delicious chips, perfectly done. Awesome cicks.

Angie's Recipes  – (March 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM)  

They are so crunchy and tasty. I would probably end up finishing the whole dish and want MORE!

Archana  – (March 23, 2012 at 2:01 AM)  

Love it. I will now stop buying these from hot chips. and make them at home. Thanks.

radha  – (March 23, 2012 at 2:12 AM)  

I made a slightly different version from Rak's kitchen. And yes they were delicious.

Alpana  – (March 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM)  

Beautiful........Nice & crispy..........hubby will love this.

Sumi  – (March 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM)  

love the Adyar Ananda bhavan chips,These looks exactly like those. Have bookamrked:)

Sushma  – (March 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM)  

I love this chips and I alwyas tasted chips from A1 in koyambittur, chennai, they are out of this world. thnks for sharing the recipe

geetha  – (March 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM)  

love the crispy chips, looks perfect.

Nami | Just One Cookbook  – (March 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM)  

Thanks for visiting my blog through Flavor Fiesta. :-) In Japan people in Okinawa eat a lot of bitter gourd and it's very famous to grow the vegetable there while the rest of Japan don't really eat this. I love that you deep fried them. Must be so delicious!

Vardhini  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM)  

I love those chips too and I bake them at home. Gorgeous clicks.

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Prema  – (March 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM)  

wow perfect chips,luks so crips and yum...

Unknown  – (February 24, 2016 at 2:13 PM)  

looks yummy. is it possible to keep these for longer in an airtight tin or freezer? I have a lot of karela and I would like to keep it for winter. Any ideas? Thanks a lot

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