Friday, March 14, 2008

Kaipakka / Pavakka Kondattam - Bitter Gourd Crisps

Kondattam's are dried vegetables, marinated in spices, sun dried and then fried in oil. When you have limitations to sun dry, then other methods come in use. Microwaving the marinated bitter gourd is a easy and fast way to make these kondattam's.

Ingredients

1 medium size - Bitter gourd
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 to 3 tbsp - Yogurt / thick curds
A pinch of - Hing
Oil and salt to taste

Method

1 ) Cut bitter gourd to thin round rings.

2 ) Mix red chili powder, turmeric powder, hing, yogurt, little oil and salt in moderation. Apply this paste on each bitter gourd ring. Marinate for 1/2 hour.

3 ) Grease a microwave safe plate. Arrange bitter gourd on the plate in a single layer. You will need to microwave for 10 to 11 minutes. Don't cook for 10 minutes at one go. Cook for 2 minutes, stop, stir the rings and repeat for 2 minutes till the cooking time is total of 10 minutes. Then cook for 1 minute more, give a resting time for 2-3 minutes and then check if you need to make it more crisp. If you do, just microwave for 50 seconds more.

Great with rice, curds and pappad.

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"Vegetable of the week" ( VoW ) is an event hosted by Pooja of "creative Pooja" . "Vegetable of the week" is a monthly event now and she has chosen "Bitter Gourd/Karela" as her vegetable for this month. Bitter gourd crisps is my contribution to this event.

30 comments:

easycrafts said...

I have never tried anything with karela. good one

ammu said...

Hello..

looks good..
After microwaving do we have to fry it in oil..??

luv
Ammu

Asha said...

Beautiful!! Make sure you send it to Pooja for her next VoW!:))

Pravs said...

Easycrafts : Thanks. You should try this.

Ammu : You don't have to fry in oil. You are cooking it till it turns crisp like how it will be when fried.

Asha : Thanks Asha :) so bitter gourd is the next veggie for VoW..will send this.

Kalai said...

This is like what we call vathal in Tamil. Love it, Pravs, as I love bittergourd! :)

Richa said...

what a beauty! yum karela ;)
kondattam look so good, quite like that word :)

bee said...

what a gorgeous picture!

Happy cook said...

I dislike karela, it reminds me of the time when my mom used to make this veggie and force us to eat saying it is so good four you

remya said...

i love kondattams...thanz for sharing this beautiful MW kondattam...

Pravs said...

Kalai : Thanks kalai :D, do try.

Richa : Title must be a mouth full of words for you, right :)

Bee : Thanks :D

Happy cook : Come on! this veggie is good for you :) Now you must have grown out of that childhood dislike..what say ? :D

Remya : Thanks, do try :)

Divya Vikram said...

The pic looks very beautiful..An dthe dish looks really delicious..

Uma said...

This is the same way I do too! But I never add yogurt instead I add sugar to suppress the bitterness. I will try your version too. Our all time fav.

Vanamala said...

Never tried this .... very nice

Dhivya said...

wow!beautiful...my hubby love these..must try

Revathi said...

Luckily I get them in indian groceries.. Microwave version looks crisp -

Seema said...

That looks yum Pravs! I am a Karela fan & anything with it is always yummy!!! Great idea MW it...

Red Chillies said...

Looks yummy! I have something like this in my blog too, except that I don't use yogurt.

Homecooked said...

Oh my God! Your karela looks good!!! Maybe a karela hater like me should give this a try :)

mallugirl said...

oh i love this...i make it in the oven and even have a bunch marinated right now!will try it ur way today!

Shankari said...

love the pic! I shd make it for R..I never buy bitter gourd

Pecos Blue said...

Your site looks great and as always looks like a great recipe. Hope all is well. I will make some more soon.

Pooja said...

thats a wonderful entry from you pravs.
thanks for sending it to VOW. :)

Anonymous said...

Superb recipe!! Thanks for posting it. My son loves kaippakka kondattam and I was wondering how to make it other than the usual sundrying method. This was totally new to me and my son absolutely loved it. Thanks once again:)

Deepan said...

Nice recipe. After knowing the health benefits of Bitter gourd i have starting loving it. Bitter gourd is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2 and c and contains minerals like calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper and potassium.

Bitter-Gourd

Dreaming Rambler said...

Hi
I had karela sliced and urgently wanted a recipe for making dinner. Luckily, I found your blog. The picture reminded me of something that was served in my hostel at college. I used to love it.So, I tried it and had the same doubt as Ammu for a while- whether I had to fry it. But, by the time 10 mins were up, it was ready and I loved it! In fact, my husband, a karela-hater gave it a try too and a thumbs up! :) Thanks!

Dreaming Rambler said...

Hi
Its me again! I made karela kondattam again and just love it! Its like THE best karela recipe ever!!! Im enjoying my lunch so much that I just HAD to thank you again! :)

Pravs said...

Dreaming Rambler : It's a pleasure to see your comment again and know this recipe is liked so much. Thanks for letting me :)

Suryeah said...

I think somebody has copied your photo http://www.pachakam.com/recipe.asp?id=3161&RecipeName=Instant%20Pavakka%20Kondattam

Pravs said...

suryeah : Thank you so much.so cleverly they have edited the picture and put it up.

abisree said...

haey..i tried this and came out well...thx for this easy & healthy & tasty recipe