When you don’t like a vegetable so much and if the said veggie has lots of goodness in it, then it’s time to resurface it in a new way. Meaning there are many innovative ways to cook the vegetable to make it more tastier than it actually is. Like, bitter gourd. It always happens that bitter taste makes the veggie good friend of none. I can see most people making weird faces at this gourd. After this wonderful bitter gourd raita which happened probably a month ago, my quest to use the veggie creatively has doubled up. So I could come up with bitter gourd fry today which is crispy and tend to turn towards soft as it cools down.
I had never tried a deep fried snack earlier using this gourd and the mere idea didn’t even happen at least once in my mind. Sometimes my mind never thinks beyond a veggie’s common way of cooking. Like, my usual stir fry or curry is what I can think of when I buy a bitter gourd. But now the things have elevated from curry to deep fried snack that has super spicy taste and crispiness together.
Initial step with bitter gourd is to some how subside it’s bitterness to some tolerant level. And it applies to this recipe as well. Marination of bitter gourd slices in enough salt and turmeric powder for some good minutes does the magic. When you get your batch of bitter gourd slices where bitterness reduced significantly, then the recipe is straight forward. Toss them with all the spices and gram flour which get in to oil for deep frying.
I paired this bitter gourd fry with rice-rasam combo and loved it’s taste so so very much. If you are like me, you would definitely relish it as a snack too.