The last week of BM #79 and I shall be posting under Special Theme. For Day 1 , I have a recipe which is a total hit with my friends and family . I understand there are people who run away as soon as they hear the word Karela or Bitter gourd . Trust me this version is not bitter and you need not run away.
I made this for the Andhra Thali , Valli has a beautiful post on it and I can’t thank her enough for sharing this recipe . After that Thali , I must have made these Nutty crisps at least 8-10 times , so you can imagine how delicious these must be.
Can you believe I served these for a formal dinner and everyone just raved about them . There were more elaborate and formal dishes but these gourds were ranked No 1 . Trust me I was on cloud nine . Thanks Valli !
This time when I made these my daughter asked me for the recipe , I was surprised , it was not on the blog ! How could I forget to document this fantastic recipe ! Well here you are , with the recipe and freshly made Nutty Karela Crisps . Enjoy !
Nutty Karela Crisps / Bitter gourd Crisps
500 gms Bitter gourds
2 tbsp curd
Salt to taste
1 tbsp rice flour
Spice mix to taste
(Red chilly powder + chat masala)
Scrape the gourds lightly .
Cut into slices .
Sprinkle salt and curd and mix.
Keep aside for 10 minutes.
Heat oil for frying.
Fry the peanuts , cashews , while garlic and curry leaves.
Wash the gourds and squeeze the excess water .
Sprinkle rice flour , mix and deep fry till crisp .
Mix with fried nuts , garlic and curry leaves .
Sprinkle salt and spice mix . Mix well .
These crisps can be stored in an airtight container , that is if they are not gone from the table.