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Savoury Elo Jhelo

Rita Arora
25 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
6 People
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ABOUT Savoury Elo Jhelo RECIPE

The sweet version of this snack dipped in sugar syrup is called Champakali (after a flower) in Maharashtra and Panasa Thonalu (resembling a jack fruit pod) in Andhra Pradesh. As it looks like a bitter gourd, the savoury version is known as Namkeen Karela!

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Diwali
  • Indian
  • Frying
  • Snacks

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. Maida/Flour - 1/2 Kg
  2. salt - 2 teaspoon
  3. pepper corn powder - 1/3 teaspoon
  4. Ajwain/ Carom seeds- 1/3 teaspoon
  5. oil / Ghee - 50 gm
  6. water as needed
  7. oil for deep frying


  1. Mix the salt, pepper, ajwain and oil/ghee with the flour. Add enough water and make a dough (like a puri dough). Then roll it out into thin discs.
  2. With the help of a knife, make slits that are parallel to each other in one direction, without cutting through the edges. Gather and roll along the parallel edges and pinch the edges to seal.
  3. Shape enough karelas to fill your pan. While it is cooking, make the next batch.
  4. Deep fry in hot oil (over a medium flame) until it's golden in colour. Drain it well. Once cooled, store it in an airtight container.

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Shalini Dubey
Shalini Dubey   Nov-07-2016

so lovely!

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