Bitter Gourd Crisps/Karela / Bitter melon Chips


One rainy evening, with thunder and lightning blazing in the background, I sat by the kitchen window with a sense of déjà vu watching the rain pour by and dreaming of devouring on some crunchies and munchies. I heard my Dear Husband (DH) say” Dear Wife, we need to incorporate Bitter Gourd in our food everyday and I have an awesome idea”.


Dear Wife (DW) (almost falling off the edge of the chair) “Ewww! Bitter Gourd we do? Why oh why?”

DH: “Haven’t you heard of the nutritional value of the bitter gourd?”

DW: “Right! So we deep fry?”

DH: “Nope”

DW: Bitter Gourd ghashi?”

DH: “Nah”

DW: “Bitter Gourd chutney?”

DH: “Not even close”

DW: “Drink raw Bitter Gourd juice”

DH: “Negative”

DW (getting flustered) “Bake a Bitter Gourd cake?”

DH (shocked) “Who in the right mind would do that?”

DW: “I don’t know, somebody in a bad mood I guess”

DH: “Nooo”

DW: “OK, I give up. What am I missing?”

DH: “Elementary my dear Watson, Bitter Gourd Crisps in Microwave”

DW: “Ah! Now we are getting somewhere. Show me how”


Bitter Gourd Crisp


  • 1 medium sized bitter gourd (karela/bitter melon)
  • Oil, salt
  • Turmeric, chilli powder


  • Clean the bitter gourd thoroughly and cut it into small thin disks.
  • Take a microwave safe plate (preferably glass) and place the bitter gourd disks.
  • Put 2 tsps of oil, sprinkle salt, turmeric, and red chilli and mix well so that each disk gets a proper coating. Do not stck the disks on top of each other.
  •  Place this in the microwave for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes take a peek and move around some disks lightly, just to make sure that they don’t stick to the plate.
  • Microwave for 2 more minutes again and repeat the same process as above.
  • When they start to get crisp, continue to microwave for only a minute.
  • Repeat the process until they all become crisp. 

They are crispy and yummy and form a wonderful, low fat side dish! 

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  1. sia says:

    LOL… bittergourd cake sounds good to me, especially to get rid of unwanted guests 😉
    liked the idea of using MV for bittergourd crisps

  2. pooja v says:

    They look crisp and crunchy. We generally cut bittergourd and apply sm salt, keep aside for some time. Then wash throughly, this way they arent bitter at all.

  3. bhags says:

    bitter gourd cake seems interesting, hope u never get in a bad mood to bake one…:) nice crisps, would make someone like me who hates bitter gourd start eating it…thanks for the recipe

  4. Mona says:

    We usually fry exactly the same way at home.
    Well, i just spent some time reading all your posts and entries. Very good blog and very well written 🙂
    Will keep dropping by. And have added you to my blogroll.

  5. redchillies says:

    Sia, thanks so much. Unwanted guests, here I come with my BG cake 🙂

    Thanks Richa, Giniann.

    Thanks Pooja. The idea with this is to retain the bitter taste. But it is not bad at all.

    Thanks TBC, Bhags. Please try it once.

    Mona, thanks so much for all the nice words. It feels so good so hear that. You are most welcome anytime.

  6. Padma says:

    I cannot believe that those BG crisps came out of microwave….there are so many new avenues opening for me right now! You can send it to Srivalli for Microwave cooking event too!

  7. Asha says:

    Here is another Kannada girl for me! Hurray! How come I didn’t know you before? Hagalkai crisped in the MW? That is creative. Looks great.
    Any dishes for RCI Karnataka? I am the host until 25th!! Get me some!!:))

  8. Beth says:

    Wow. I’m willing to try it. Last time I made bitter gourd hubby thought I was trying to off him! I’m all for healthy. thanks

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