Fried Karela Chips (Bitter Gourd)

Recipe by Sandi From CA
READY IN: 1hr 5mins


  • 3 -4
    karela (bitter gourds)
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • For the seasoning
  • 2
    tablespoons rice flour
  • 2
    tablespoons besan flour (chickpea flour or gram flour)
  • 1
    teaspoon red chili powder (or more according to taste)


  • Slice each piece of bitter gourd into fairly thin half-moon shape. Transfer them to a colander and sprinkle the salt over. Shake the colander to distribute the salt evenly. Leave to rest for about an hour or so.
  • Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the bitter gourd pieces and dry them on paper towels. Transfer to a Ziploc bag or a big bowl.
  • Mix the seasoning ingredients together and sprinkle over the pieces. Shake the bag or bowl so that the seasoning is distributed evenly over the pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a wok, and fry the bitter gourd pieces in batches to a crisp brown. Drain on paper towels and try not to eat them all like I just did.
  • Serve as an accompaniment with Indian rice dishes, or eat as a snack.