Monday, March 07, 2011

Crispy karela (bitter gourd) in microwave

Firstly, for all those who have been wondering as to why I have not posted any new pictures in my crochet album, here's the situation. Apart from a bad bout of cold and fever, recurring shoulder pain, and a wonderful vacation which occupied a major chunk of my time last month, I have been busy doing repeat orders for some of my bags which I have posted earlier in my blog as well as my album. People who place orders for bags, seem to love the colour combination I have used, and request for the same pattern and same colour combination. So it makes no sense in me posting the pics over and over again. Some of my patterns, I have repeated so many times, that I won't be surprised if I end up doing some crochet with my eyes closed or even in my sleep!!

Apart from crocheting and other crafts, I like to be creative with food. So lately all that I have blogged about is food, mostly healthy, low-fat, guilt-less food. So here's another such recipe which I have made quite a few times earlier but posting only now - crispy karela (bitter gourd) in microwave.

My husband is very fond of bitter gourd, especially fried bitter gourd, and I enjoy it too. Since we both love to eat and both have a tendency to put on weight easily, I am always on the lookout for healthy recipes so that I don't have to abstain from eating something which I like. I believe in eating in moderation where as my hubby dearest believes in no moderation when it comes to food that he loves. Sometimes I wonder if I put on weight merely by taking in the smell of good food or even glancing at it!! So for all good reasons, here's something that I would like to share with anyone and everyone who likes bitter gourd.


Bitter gourd thinly sliced - 1 cup
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Gram flour (besan) - 2 tbsp
Salt - as per taste
Hing (asafoetida) - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp

Mix all the ingredients together and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

Place the slices in a single layer on a greased microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 6 minutes. Turn over the slices and once again microwave on high for 6 minutes. You can continue to microwave for a minute or two more if the slices are not crispy enough.


Bikramjit said...

Hi , Came here from NRIGIRL's blog, Probably for the first time ..

and the Karela well its my favourite especialy the stuffed ones .. Mum use to make such lovely dishes ... with all the stuffings and all .. and as such the vegetable itself is very good for body ..

Great blog you got ..
Will read the other articles too ..
and will surly try this dish in the microwave ...


Mangala said...

Thanks Bikramjit for ur wonderful comment. Ya karela is a great vegetable and some wonderful dishes can be prepared from it and luckily my husband is very fond of this veg in any form.

Mak said...

Hey Mangala, wish you get well soon. Though am not so fond of bitter gourd, i sometimes manage to force myself to eat the fried ones, Mom made.

Mangala said...

Thanks Mak, feeling better already! I know a lot of ppl can't tolerate bitter gourd, but it is one of the best veges found in nature!

Tomz said...

I love this..previously i liked only the taste of crispy bitter gourd (pavakka as we call it in kerala), but nowadays, i like all dishes made of it..

Now Serving said...

Oh wow, those are yummy looking chips - One of the two fav ways in which i like Karela!


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