Bittergourd /Karela/Pakarkaai Fritters

Bitter gourd fritters is a simple and easy to make crunchy dish slightly bitter in taste which can be eaten as an accompaniment for sambhar or dhal rice.Though it is bitter in taste it has lots of medicinal values,I buy it once in a while and make stir fry, fritters some times pitlai.My son who is a picky eater likes to have this crunchy fritters.


Bitter gourd3nos.(big size)
Rice flour1/4cup
Wheat flour1tbs
Red chilly powder1tsp
Turmeric powder1/2tsp
Lemon juice11/2tsp
Saltto taste
Oilfor frying


                          Wash and slice the bittergourd to a thin rounds and mix all the ingredients together except oil  by sprinkling water.Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
Keep oil in a frying pan in a medium flame and fry in the oil till it becomes crispy.Drain it in a paper towel.
Serve it with sambhar rice.

  • Slicing the bitter gourd in a slicer gives perfect and thin slices.
  • Frying in the medium flame is very important to get crispy fritters.
  • It can be baked in the oven instead of deep frying but tastes better with frying.
  • Adding lemon juice helps reducing the bitter taste and can be substituted with amchur powder.
  • It can be stored in an air tight container after cooling down completely and stays crispy for a day.
  • Instead of red chilly powder sambhar powder can be used.


Would love to enjoy these fritters anytime,super crispy..

My favourite and it is esp good with curd rice..:) Loved it..:)))

looks delicious and very tempting :)

Tempting fritters!!!
Prathima Rao
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Bittergourd is my fav. Love to have anytime.

These crispy karela fries look really tempting..I am very fond of karelas and love them in any form.

this is my kid's fav too..they love to eat them as such... i too have one such recipe in my archive :) your version sounds so yum n crisp...nice presentation !!
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Beautiful looking Karela fry........looks very delish.

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

yum Yum this looks so mouthwatering !

Crispy and delicious..perfect with rice and rasam

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