Karela  or bitter gourd is mostly the least desirable vegetable despite its many health benefits. Bitter gourd is full of fibers and is rich source of iron and some essential nutrients. Generally we make stuffed karela but we have made sliced karela chips and have improved the health quotient by replacing deep frying with air frying.


Sliced Karela / Bitter gourd – ½ kg
Slices Onions – 100 gms
Salt, Red Chilly powder – As per taste
Amchur powder (Dry Mango Powder) – ½ tsp
Mustard oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp


1.       Sprinkle salt on the Karela slices and set aside for 15-20 min so that the excess water drains away and the bitterness of the karela gets reduced.
2.       Add 1 tsp oil in the Karela. Mix the Karela slices and put it in airfryed preheated at 180 degrees for 15 min. keep stirring the Karela in between to avoid sticking. Once the Karela are airfryed , keep aside and prepare the masala.
3.       For masala, heat up 1 tsp oil in a Kadai and add mustard seeds and allow spluttering. Add onions, salt, red chilly powder. Sauté for 2 min and add air fryed Karela. Sauté for another 5 min and add the amchur powder. Cook for 2 more mins.
4.       Serve hot with Bread or chapatti.

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