- Bitter gourd is rich in fiber that helps in increasing energy levels, improves bowel movements and boosts the immune system. It also makes it ideal to be included in a weight loss diet.
- It contains vitamins and folates that promote hair and skin health.
- It has antioxidants that can remove free radicals and it also helps in purifying blood and detoxifying the liver.
- Cancer fighting agents and healing properties are also present in bitter gourd.
- It can regulate blood sugar levels by promoting the secretion of insulin.
- The potassium, phosphorus and calcium content in bitter gourd help in lowering blood pressure levels and cholesterol, supports arteries and prevents the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Rice flour contains nutrients like calcium and zinc. It is gluten free.
- Gram flour contains high protein and fiber which makes it ideal for weight loss. It helps to control cholesterol levels and reduce hypertension.
- It contains magnesium that helps to maintain blood pressure and prevents heart diseases.
- Iron and other minerals help prevent anemia and enhance metabolism.
- It is also ideal to be included in a gluten free diet.
- Bitter gourd is one of the important items used in ayurvedic medicine for managing type 2 diabetes.
- It is used in African and American herbal medicine for curing any digestive and respiratory problems.
- Gohyah tea is a medicinal tea originally from Brazil which is made from dried slices of bitter gourd.
- Bitter gourd is usually prepared as a side dish like curries for main course in Indian cuisine.
- The seeds of the bitter gourd are unsafe to consume hence must be removed to prevent serious side effects.
- Bitter gourd can help in curing alcoholic intoxication caused by consumption of alcohol.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A small bowl of Pavakkai chips can be consumed by all age groups.
Good times to eat:
- It is perfect as an evening snack.
Eat along with:
- It can be eaten as it is or as a side dish for South Indian meals.
- It can be served with yogurt.
When not to eat or eat more often:
- Not advisable to consume often as it is a fried snack.
- Pregnant women should avoid consuming.
- It is better to consume in moderation to prevent low sugar.
Story/History of recipe
Pavakkai chips which is also known as Karela chips in North India is a quick evening snack that is prepared by frying the slices of bitter gourd that is covered with a spicy paste of flour and Indian spices. It is prepared easily anytime and with ingredients like garam masala or chaat masala the taste enhances and reduces the bitterness.
Recipe Ingredients, Preparation Steps and Occasions Served
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- Cut bitter gourd into thin circle slices and remove the center seed part.
- Add rice flour and gram flour and gently mix it by sprinkling water. Do not pour in too much water and sprinkle only enough water to slightly coat the bitter gourd slices with flour.
- Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, salt and mix well.
- Heat a pan with oil at high flame.
- If the oil is heated add bitter gourd slices one by one and let it fry.
- Once it turns brown, gently flip to fry the other side.
- When it is fried well transfer it to a strainer or tissue paper to remove excess oil.
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