Hey guys! Today’s recipe is a fusion snack recipe, made with a very healthy vegetable – Bitter gourd also called as bitter melon. As the name indicates, the taste of this veggie is very very bitter. The bitter melon in the picture to your right is the Indian variety. When ever I see this vegetable, I feel that it is very funny. It is like a mouse with crocodile skin 😀 😀 …Though it is avoided by many people, I would definitely suggest it would be a good idea to add it into the meals or have it like a snack. It has got many unique nutritional benefits like it is a excellent source of various kinds of vitamins, lowcalorie, has lot of calcium and potassium. It is very good food for diabetic patients. So I composed a bitter gourd snack recipe in such a way that, most of the bitterness is gone, the flavors are good. I think more than taste and appearance I think the nature of the food we are trying to put into our body matters, as the primary reason for consuming food is to keep our body healthy. So let’s get started!
How to cut and use the bitter gourd :
- Bitter gourd can be consumed without peeling it. In this case we will be cutting it into semi circles.
- Wash them and cut them in half in such a way that two long shells are formed. (as shown in the pic to your right
- Then with your fingers remove all the seeds and discard them
- Cut them in 1/4 in circles.
Here is what we’ll need : ( serves 2, serving size – 1/4 cup)
- Bitter gourd circles – 1 and 3/4 cups
- Salt – 1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp
- Sweet chilly sauce – 1 tbsp
- Sriracha sauce – 2 tbsp
- Hot sauce – 1/2 tsp
- Olive oil – 1 tsp
- Pepper – 1/8 tsp
Here is how we’ll make it :
- Place all the half circles in a bowl, toss them with some 1/4 tsp salt and let them rest for half hour.
- After half hour, pre heat the oven to 200 F.
- Squeeze out juice by squeezing few rings at a time. By removing the juice, we loose some of that bitterness. We can discard all the juice and place those rings into a bowl.
- Toss them with all the sauces, oil, salt, pepper and spread them onto a cookie sheet.
- Put them in the oven for 1.5 to 2 hours until they shrink in size.
- Once done serve or store them in a airtight container.
- Consume them within 2-3 days after preparation. Else they may not get spoilt, but become tough.
I know that there is Indian style of making these chips, I will work on that recipe and share it with you soon!
Eat Healthy! Live Happy!