Air Fryer Bitter Gourd | Karela Fry in Air Fryer | How to Make Bitter Gourd(Karela) Chips in Air Fryer

How to Make Bitter Gourd / Karela Chips in Air Fryer
Hello Foodies,
              Crispy, simple, and non-fried bitter gourd recipe that can simply go well with the chapati(roti), brown or white rice, Millets, or even taste best if eaten as it is. This is a super healthy and diabetic friendly recipe, there is no usage of any sugar, jaggery, yogurt, or tamarind as well. Probably it's the way the bitter gourd fry is prepared that lends that unique taste. 
             Though Bitter Gourd is not all of our favorite veggies, try this way tasty recipe, and it will bring a unique flavor to the table. Serve it with hot chapati, and you will prepare it again and again. I have never been a fan of this bitter gourd until I ate this bitter gourd Fry dish, made by my SIL. She is best at cooking like my mother. I ate a few years back the first time, and now I am totally loving it, preparing it once or twice a week and yes I can say I love this bitter veggie a lot. Even when McDreamy tried it the very first time and he liked it too. So guys try this out, you would also love if you have any wrong impression about bitter gourd. Marinating Bitter Gourd slices in salt and lemon juice makes it less bitter. And the addition of onions and spices makes it tasty. Air frying lowers the fat intake and makes bitter gourd crispier. 
            You can eat this bitter gourd fry for any meal and can serve within pita bread, sandwiches, or as asides like fries. So give this healthy veggie a try, and I hope you will enjoy it!

Ways to consume Bitter Gourd:
  • This healthy veggie can be consumed in the form of juice
  • Can be added in a smoothie with apples and banana.
  • You can also have it as a soup.
  • Also in the form of baked chips.
  • Make parathas from it.
  • Turn it into a chutney and pickle.
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes; Cooking Time: 18 Minutes.
Each Serving of Bitter Gourd Stir Fry Contains 70 Calories.

Video Recipe: 
  • Karela/Bitter Gourd 4
  • Onion 1 small, Chopped
  • Red chili Powder 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Lemon Juice 2 Tbsp
  • Coriander leaves 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Veg.oil 1 Tsp
To Marinate Bitter Gourd:
  • Wash, trim on both the ends as needed, and thinly slice bitter gourd (refer video) and discard any seeds if it's there.
  • Add sliced bitter gourd into mixing bowl and add salt, lemon juice.
  • Mix well, cover and keep aside for 15 Minutes.
  • After 15 Minutes, squeezed out excess water from the bitter gourd.
To Air Fry Bitter Gourd:
  • Meanwhile, preheat Air fryer at 370F for 3 minutes and grease air fryer safe pan with cooking oil spray.
  • Add bitter gourd into the pan and insert pan and air-fry for 12 minutes, turn or mix after 5-6 minutes.
  • Air Fry until it becomes crispy and brown color.
To Prepare Bitter Gourd Stir Fry:
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 Tsp oil in a pan and fry sliced onions until it becomes brown color.
  • Now add bitter gourd, red chili powder, turmeric and mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well and bitter gourd fry is ready to serve, serve hot with chapati or with rice. Enjoy!!!
My Take:
  • Browning bitter gourd and onion brings the taste to this dish, so don't skip this step.
  • Using lemon is important for taking out the bitterness.
  • If you like, then you can add tamarind juice or yogurt instead of lemon juice. It will work the same.
  • Also, you can saute sliced bitter gourd with some Olive oil, that will help to reduce bitterness and mix with other veggies.
Dietary Comment:
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 70 calories, along with 10.5 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g dietary fiber, 3.2 g fats, and 1.9 g protein.
Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd Fry:
  • It boosts weight loss and helps in controlling diabetes.
  • It's low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates.
  • It also improves metabolism.
  • It is an excellent source of dietary fiber which favors digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Regular consumption of bitter gourd contributes to relieving constipation and indigestion.
Good Time To Eat:
           It's good to eat Bitter Gourd Stir fry for lunch, snacks, and dinner.
  • If you make this recipe, share your food picture with hashtag #aaichisavali on Instagram and Facebook so everyone can enjoy it too! 
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Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!


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