Bitter Gourd Crisps/ Bittergourd Rings (Microwave)


Whenever I go through my old posts, especially the ones I posted when I just started blogging, I think to myself, “Oh, I should I have provided more information” or “the picture is so bad” or gosh, “what was I thinking when I wrote this” etc. Not that I am an expert or that I write any better but some things just stand out and makes me want to re-write those posts again.

Incidentally Jaya of Desi Soccer Mom came up with a great event idea for re-posting and so I am posting this recipe for Bitter gourd Crisps which I feel needs some major re-writing. My original post for this is here.

This recipe has been our family favorite for years. This is prepared in the microwave. It is one of those recipes that requires less effort but has a surprisingly wonderful taste; more like the deep fried Bitter Gourd Chips. Whenever I have prepared it for my friends they have enjoyed and relished it.

Both DH and I love bitter gourd and luckily we get good bitter gourd/Karela all year round at our Indian grocery store. We make these crispy bittergourd rings at least once a fortnight. They are easy to make, do not require baby sitting and are healthy, low-fat too. Done the right way, they taste pretty much like Bitter Gourd Chips. They form a good side tem with simple Daal-Chaawal or with Khichidi and yogurt.

Taste: When you first take a bite, you get that crisp taste that lingers in your mouth and toward the end there is a bitter taste along with oil, salty and spicy taste. Let me assure you though that the bitterness is masked and not at all dominant.

Off this goes to Jaya’s re-post event at Desi Soccer Mom.

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  • 1 big Bitter gourd /bitter melon/hagalkayi(Kannada)
  •  Oil, salt
  •  Turmeric
  •   Red chilli powder (optional)


  • Clean the bitter gourd thoroughly, peel the ridges and cut it into thin circular disks (about 1/8 inch).In fact, thinner the better to get a crisp taste.
  •  Take a bowl, put 2 tsp of oil, salt, turmeric, and red chilli powder and mix well. Toss in the chopped disks and mix so that each disk gets a proper coating.
  • Take a microwavable glass plate and place the coated bitter gourd disks each in its place. Do not stack or overlap the disks.
  • Place this in the microwave for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, pull out the plate and move around the disks, just to make sure that they don’t stick to the plate.
  • Microwave for 2 more minutes again and pull it out. Spread about 2 more tsp of oil and turn them around.
     Continue to microwave for few more minutes and check if they have crisped. [This depends on the power of the microwave, but ours takes about 12 minutes].
  • Repeat the process until they all become crisp.
  • This can be eaten as snack or accompaniment with Rice-Daal, Pongal, Upma, Poha etc.
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  1. Desi Soccer Mom says:

    Supriya thank you for a bitter gaud (sweet) entry. When I first started reading I thought this was either deep fried or shallow fried. Not for a moment was I expecting it to be cooked in the microwave. I haven’t had bitter gourd in years but this is on my list for the next trip to the Indian store.

  2. Soma says:

    In the MC! WOW! I love bitter gourds, can’t say the same with other members of the family tho:-) I am making bitter gourd today! This is a real easy recipe & will pair really well with dal and plain rice.

  3. Cilantro says:

    Lovely recipe. I usually do not use my microwave for cooking. Just used them to reheat although I have seen numerous recipes on the blogosphere. My daughter loves bittergourd and I am going to try it for her.

  4. Sonia says:

    RC, I can’t believe it’s MW version karela! Looks so crispy and perfect. I haven’t had this since ages..thanks for reminder. I almost forgot this vegetable. 🙁

  5. Ramya Vijaykumar says:

    Oh really even I kinda feel very bad for my old posts splly with pics 😉 the karela looks lovely I wanted to go grocery shopping and get some but some how snow stopped me 😉

  6. prathibha says:

    hmmm..we r also karela lovers…I do this very often atleast once a week…you know wat I do it in the oven the same way u told in microwave..
    they really turn out crispy like chips…

  7. Miri says:

    I just posted a bitter gourd recipe – one of our favourites too 🙂

    The microwave recipe if a great idea to preserve the taste without too much oil!

  8. Keerthana says:

    Sups, that’s just what I wanted. I have bittergourds lying in my pantry for I-dont-know-how-long. If they are still good, i’m going to make this over weekend.
    Have a nice weekend!

  9. Asha says:

    My SIL was making these with sprinkle of rice flour to make them crispy when I was in Bangalore last year. Looks great RC, Haagalkayi supposed to help Diabetes as they believe at my parents along with western medicine.

  10. Usha says:

    I do that for almost all my old posts too 🙂 The bitter gourd crisps look yum and I love that you made it in the microwave…

  11. Lakshmi says:

    I have never had a liking for karela..maybe its the way Ive been cooking them..also not used to it since childhood.
    But hagalkai crisps in MW??? awesome idea..will bring hagalkai on my next subzi mandi trip.

  12. Lakshmi says:

    I made these yday and omg…they came out soooo good. Ive never liked Hagalkai but this recipe turned my liking for it.
    Very simple to make too..just my type. Thanks for the recipe RC. Will be making this more often.

  13. radha says:

    Hi, came over from Jayaspace. Lovely site you have here. And am forever on the lookout for simple recipes and tried out two of the microwave ones and put them up on my blog. Have given a link too.

  14. Shumaila says:

    Tried this recipe today.. And loved how simple it is! I am not a karela fan but this wasn’t too bad! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will be making it again!

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