When I was young I used to hate bitter gourd, especially when it was made into soup the Chinese way, but my taste changes over time, and I grew into liking it alot.
My first encounter with this crispy fried bitter gourd was in a small sweet shop near Cunningham road, Bangalore。I can't remember the name of the shop now, all I could remember is that they carry packets of snacks made from bitter gourd that got me hooked. I have to buy a few packets every time I passed by.
I later learnt that this is also a very common side dish to go with dal and rice in south India. So I started making it at home now, whenever I crave for it.
4-5 Indian Bitter Gourd (5-6 inches each)
1 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Cummin Powder
1 tsp salt （or to taste）
1 tbsp Rice Flour
2 tbsp oil
Oil for frying
Clean bitter gourd and slice thinly, as thin as you can. Do not need to remove the seeds unless its too big and rough.
Mix the sliced bitter gourd well with all spices, salt and oil (leave the rice flour out for now). Set aside for 10 minutes for marination.
After 10 minutes, sprinkle rice flour and mix well, deep fried until golden brown at medium high.
Crispy and tasty, goes well with rice and dal, or serve as snack as it is!
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