Karela Chips Recipe | Bitter Gourd Chips

by Rachna
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Among the many karela recipes that I try, karela chips is a favourite snack.

Air fryer karela chips

Yesterday, I made some airfried karela or bitter gourd chips with masala. Remember the kurkuri bhindi I had shared earlier, this is similar but the chips require some more work.

Karela or Bitter gourd is a bitter vegetable that is cooked with a lot of care in Indian cuisine. I have grown up eating this simple karela stir fry as well as the more elaborate bharwa karela or stuffed bitter gourd.

Health Benefits of Karela or Bitter gourd:

  1. Karela has been a part of a diet for diabetics for a long time in India as it is believed to regulate blood sugar as per this source.
  2. It can help in reduction of bad cholesterol in the body. Source
  3. It has abundant anti-oxidants that help in improving the condition of your skin and hair.
  4. Karela is high in fibre and vitamins. Its regular consumption helps in weight loss and maintaining weight as a part of a healthy diet.
  5. Karela due to its antimicrobial and anti-oxidants helps in purifying blood and flushing out toxins from the body.

Here is the karela chips recipe:

air fryer karela chips

Karela Chips Recipe | Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips

Rachna Parmar
This is a delicious and super quick recipe of Bitter gourd chips or karela chips. You can make them healthier by making them in Air fryer or baking.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marination time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Appetizer/Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 148 kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bitter gourd sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 tbsp. chickpea flour or besan
  • 1 tbsp. rice flour
  • ½ tsp. carom seeds or ajwain
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. amchur or dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Instructions
 

  • I added some salt to the bitter gourd slices and kept aside for an hour. Then I squeezed them to remove the extra water and salt. This helps reduce the bitterness.
  • Add all the masala powders together and sprinkle all over the bitter gourd slices.
  • Mix well and leave aside to marinate for about 20 minutes.
  • Now add 1 tbsp. oil and mix again. By now, the spice coating would adhere to the bitter gourd slices.

Deep Fry

  • If deep frying, heat oil in a pan and slowly fry the roundels till crispy. Drain on a kitchen paper towel and consume.

Air Fry

  • Preheat airfryer at 160 deg C for 5 minutes.
  • Brush the basket and lay out bitter gourd chips for airfrying or you can use parchment paper (helps prevent sticking).
  • Airfry for 10 minutes turning once in the middle.
  • Now bump up the temperature to 200 deg C and airfry for 6-8 minutes more turning once in the middle.
  • Your bitter gourd chips should turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve hot with chai.

Notes

1.These are tasty and super healthy compared to the deep fried version that you get in chips shops. The coating is thinner here but crispy.
2. If you want your karela to be even lower on bitterness. You could add some tamarind juice to the bitter gourd pieces along with salt when you are trying to remove bitterness. This helps further cut the bitterness. Now enjoy your bittergourd chips. If you don’t have an airfryer, then try baking them instead of deep frying.
3. Use a mandolin to evenly and thinly slice your bitter gourd. The thinner it is the crisper your chips will be.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Karela Chips Recipe | Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 804IU16%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to Make Karela Chips or Bitter Gourd Chips Pictures

To the thinly sliced karela slices, add salt and keep aside for 30 minutes. Squeeze out all the water and wash the slices to remove excess salt. Now they are ready to be marinated.

Add all the spice powders along with chickpea flour and rice flour and sprinkle all over the bitter gourd slices.Mix well and leave aside to marinate for about 20 minutes.

Now add 1 tbsp. oil and mix again. By now, the spice coating would adhere to the bitter gourd slices.

Air Fry

Preheat airfryer at 160 deg C for 5 minutes. Brush the basket and lay out bitter gourd chips for airfrying or you can use parchment paper (helps prevent sticking).

Air fry for 10 minutes turning once in the middle. Now bump up the temperature to 200 deg C and air fry for 6-8 minutes more turning once in the middle.

Your bitter gourd chips should turn golden brown and crispy.

Do try this karela chips recipe and let me know. If you liked the recipe, I request you to give it a star * rating either on the recipe card or in the comments.

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The Love of Spice -

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I love Karela chips! I make it in a different way, south indian style, but still they are one of my favorites! It’s the only form I eat karelas too! 😀

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Rachna -

Hehe That’s nice. You don’t like bharwa karela? You should try it.

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Natasha Sinha -

Karela is my DH’s favourite, and he loves Karela chips too. I shall definitely give this a go in my air fryer, Rachana. Think have tried your kurkuri bhindi recipe in the past, in the air fryer.

Thanks for sharing.

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