Karatyacho Fodi Recipe – Pan Fried Bitter Gourd

Shallow fried bitter gourd, also called as Karatyachyo Fodi in Goa is one of the most easy and healthy recipe. These are prepared by shallow frying the bitter gourd pieces using spices until they are nice and crisp and served with any vegetarian Thali.  Karela (Bitter Gourd/ Pavakkai), Red Chilli powder, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Sooji (Semolina/ Rava), Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil   2 Karela (Bitter Gourd/ Pavakkai) 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 2 Tablespoons Sooji (Semolina/ Rava) Salt , to taste 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil , or any cooking oil     20   15     To begin making the Karatyacho Fodi recipe, wash bitter gourd well using water and scrape away the top bumpy skin with a peeler. Make them really smooth.If bitter gourds are big then cut them horizontally into 3 pieces otherwise cut them into 2. Cut each piece vertically into 2 pieces and give slits to each piece as shown below .Sprinkle some salt over these pieces, about 1/2 tablespoon. Massage well and keep them aside for about 20 minutes, and after 20 minutes, drain out all the bitter juice.In a plate, mix together red chili powder, turmeric powder and semolina.Heat a skillet and drizzle some oil (about 1 to 2 tablespoons). Nicely coat each Karela piece with this mixture and place them over heated skillet.Drizzle little more oil over the pieces and let them fry on medium heat till they are nice and crisp on one side. Flip them over and fry on the other side till crisp.Once they are well fried and look dark brown and crisp, remove them out and enjoy with Indian vegetarian Thali.Serve Karatyacho Fodi along with Goan Style Mushroom Vindaloo and Steamed Rice for a weekday meal.