Wednesday, November 5, 2008

RM2- Day 5- Microwaved Bittergourd Fritters (Pavakka Kondattom, Vattal)

All right friends, finally I am taking a break from the Poultry farm ;-) lol . This time its a easy - breezy recipe I decided to share with you. My mother is an expert at making variety of Vegetable Kondattam (vattal or fritters) . Now Kondattam (Vattal) as we call it in Northern part of Kerala are crisps made from drying and/or frying, variety of vegetables, or other items. Remember I quoted it as 'and/or frying' that's because some Kondattams, don't need frying, they can be eaten once the Kondattam ingredient is dried in sun. This time my mother send some Kondattam made of Kotthamara (Guar Beans or Cluster Beans) with my fil who was visiting us. I was so exited to see those as it had been such a long time back since I had those from my mom. I tried to use it sparingly each day as it was a small packet. But V would not let do that for more than 2 days as he too loved the same. Ranji of Ranji's Kitchen Corner who also stays in MA, was having her parents visiting her and they were kind enough to bring some fritters (Odi, that's what we call it in Konkani) from India and we relished them too. It was then that I started searching the net to alternate ways of making these , such as using Microwave. I got a brief idea, but then I thought , me and V make the Lijjat pappad in our microwave in a minute, so maybe we can make Kondattam too. Then instead of frying I sprayed some oil on the Cluster Beans vattal and arranged them on a plate. Microwaved them for 30- 40 seconds and I was amazed to see that it was as good as the fried version. We tried for the fritters too and though they took a little more time, say another 30 seconds than the Vattals, they were equally good. And another thing we noticed was , very little oil was needed. So its kind of healthy too. After that success, I decided to make some Bittergourd fritters. Its my entry for day 5 of Recipe Marathon 2 . This is how I made it:


Bittergourd: Cut in thin slices (maybe you can use a Mandoline to slice it)

Non-stick spray oil or a little oil to coat all the pieces

A flat plate


Red chilli powder

Marinate the Bittergourd in the marinade (you may add different powders to the marinade for additional flavors, just make sure the pieces dont get too dry) for 15 minutes. Spray some oil to coat all pieces. Arrange them on a flat plate with no overlapping between pieces. Microwave them on high power for 7- 9 minutes, while giving intervals of 2 minutes to move pieces on the plate a little to avoid sticking or burning. Also turn over the pieces so that both sides get done evenly. If you find some pieces are already done, remove them from the plate. Bittergourd fritters are best as an accompany with curd rice. I made a very small batch of these fritters, so please excuse me for the amount of Bittergourd fritters you see in the container you see in these pictures.

Don't forget to check what my other Marathon buddies are up to :)

1) DK

2) Siri

3) Srivalli

4) Ranji


6)Curry Leaf









15)Divya Kudua


17)Divya M






kamala said...

My hubbys fav..We love to have with sambhar rice Roopa..So fiery fritteres

ranji said...

it looks really crispy roopa...i tried ones microwaing these but it didnt turn crispy was slight soft..i guess its because i didnt cut it thin enough!!1hope i get it right next time...good one :)

rekhas kitchen said...

nice recipe roopa yes im getting your lovely comments on my blog i dont know why it is comming like that even iam getting from som other blogs too let me see how i can clear that thanks dear for the info

srikars kitchen said...

hi anything with bitter gourd my hubby loves somthing for u in my site. check it out

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

so simple and looks crispy. we used to buy these ones a lot when we were in chennai. there was a shop nearby who used to make it fresh. but then always home-made ones are better than shop-bought.

Curry Leaf said...

Love it.With a mw I have never tried though.Thanks for showing me the way.Cheers.Looks crispy

Madhu said...

Looks crunchy and yummy too.

Medhaa said...

never had this before. Looks great would love some curd rice with it

Bhawana said...

hey Roopa, nice blog layout now :). and ur fritters are tempting me so much. beautiful presentation dear.

Divya Kudua said...

Karathe looks amazing Roopa..making it in the MW seems like a brilliant idea..great entry!!

lakshmi said...

i don't like karela much as a vegetable - but i actually like karela fritters!! i can have a plate of that with curd rice now.

Vanamala said...

Nice appetizer & good for health know. I too make this....

Priya said...

Wow lovely crispy fritters...looks really awesome Roopa..

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