Bitter gourd or pavakai (Tamil) fry is my favourite. I will eat bitter gourd when its deep fried. In my school day, i will throw the bitter gourd poriyal from my lunch box and lie to my mom. I hated this veggie because its bitter no other flavour....Yikes.... My mother used to boil the bitter gourd strain its water, add little bit of salt... next is the interesting part. She will just drink the bitter gourd water. She used to say its very good for health, kills any worms in the tummy and so on,.. I have never tried that... Now i started cooking different dishes in bitter gourd..
4 fresh bitter gourd/ pavakai
3 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp besan
1 tbsp redchilli powder
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
Cut bitter gourd into small round pieces. Mix all the ingredients except oil. sprinkle water to make thick paste. Add bitter gourd pieces and mix well. Leave for 30 min to 1 hr. heat oil for deep frying. Add bitter gourd pieces one by one. Fry till golden brown. Remove from heat and strain oil with tissue paper. Rice flour makes it crispy and yummy...
Serve it with rice,sambar or any other curry...