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Air Fried Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips With Yogurt | South Indian Pavakka Kichadi Recipe

Bittergourd or pavakka in Malayalam kichadi, South Indian style…

There are a couple of ways of making kichadi, with ground coconut or without coconut. In this recipe, I skipped ground coconut & just added yogurt. Instead of deep frying the bitter gourd, I air-fried them with very less oil & they turned out super crispy.

Air-fried bitter gourd combined with yogurt & added tempering to it. This is a very refreshing dish, with the tempering tastes delish. This is served as a side dish with rice.

Air Fried Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips With Yogurt | South Indian Pavakka Kichadi Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
For marinating bitter gourd
  • Bitter gourd, cut into round slices- 25 slices
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Rice flour- 1 tbsp
  • Gram flour or besan- 1 tbsp
Other ingredients
  • Yogurt- 1½ cups
For making tempering
  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies, halved- 2
  • Curry leaves- 10 leaves
  1. Cut the bitter gourd to round slices, you can either keep the seeds or discard them.
  2. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, rice flour & gram flour, combine well.
  3. Th flours added will make the bitter gourd very crispy.
  4. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
  5. If you prefer you can deep fry the marinated bitter gourd.
  6. I've air-fried them, add the marinated bitter gourd to the air fryer basket.
  7. Add 1 tbsp oil & give them a stir.
  8. Set the temperature to 400 F or 200 C & air fry for 20 minutes till they turn crispy & golden brown in color.
  9. In a bowl, combine the yogurt well using a fork or whisk.
  10. Add the air-fried crispy bitter gourd to the yogurt & combine well.
  11. Place a small frying pan over medium heat, add coconut oil, let turn hot.
  12. Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  13. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  14. Pour the tempering over the bitter gourd & yogurt mixture,
  15. Enjoy this as a side dish along with rice.
  16. Air fried crispy bitter gourd can be enjoyed as it is along with rice.



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