While on the subject, here's another Bitter gourd side dish, the famous Pavakkai Pitlai
Besan / Gram Flour - 3/4 cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Roasted Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Garam Masala - 1/ 4 tsp
How to make the Bittergourd Pakodas
Wash and slice the bittergourd. Take the slices in a bowl and add 1/2 tsp salt. Let it rest for 30 mins. Squeeze out water from this and transfer to a bowl.
Add the flours, spice powders and salt. Mix well to coat all over.
Heat oil for deep frying and fry in batches.
Drain on a kitchen towel.
Transfer to a serving bowl, add fried curry leaves and toss together.
Water is not added, you can sprinkle few drops to make the bitter gourd coated with flour.
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