Bitter gourd Chips
Bitter gourd has become a regular for me these days, not so much for my hubby though. The reason I consume them on a regular basis is that I have seen a big difference in blood sugars on days I have bitter gourd. I am really glad that my local farmers market have them. I couldn't find curry leaves though :( The only Indian grocery store that we have nearby is a Pakistani Grocery store a couple of miles from our place and the kind gentleman is good enough to give me a couple of sprigs from his home garden every time I shop there and it lasts for a 2 weeks if I use them sparingly. Curry leaves have turned into a precious commodity for me here :(
Coming on to the recipe, this is one of the simplest and easiest of bitter gourd dishes and tastes good too. These fries go very well as a side dish with rice and any gravies like sambar, rasam, vatha kuzumbu or just plain curd rice. These can be deep fried or if you have a little time, you can bake them too. I tried both the versions and there is no much difference in the taste. These days, I use the baking method only to cut down the calories from the fries.
1. Bitter gourd, 3-4 medium-size ones, sliced into thin circles.
2. Chili powder or sambar powder, 1 teaspoon.
3. Turmeric powder, a pinch.
4. Ginger-garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon.
5. Salt as per taste.
Mix the bitter gourd slices with the powders, ginger-garlic paste, and salt. You can deep fry the slices until they are crisp or they can be baked. In this case, spread the slices evenly on a cookie sheet and spray them with oil spray and bake them at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes until they are crisp.
Cooking and trying out new recipes is my passion. I come from a family with where type 2 diabetes is very common and we have lost many loved one due to complications of this disease. This blog is my humble attempt to create low-carb and healthy dishes and well as healthy lifestyle tips suitable for diabetics. This blog is to prove that healthy, primarily diabetic-friendly foods, can be tasty as well. Kuhapriyai @ Gita