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Karela Chips Recipe | Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips

This is a delicious and super quick recipe of Bitter gourd chips or karela chips. You can make them healthier by baking or airfrying or make them the traditional way by deep frying.
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Appetizer/Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword bitter gourd chips, karela chips
recipe bitter gourd chips, karela chips
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marination time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 148kcal
Author Rachna Parmar



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


  • 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 6 minutes.
  • Brush the basket and lay out bitter gourd chips for airfrying.
  • 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.


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.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 804IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg