Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ / spicy roasted Bitter Gourd

This is one of the fav dishes of  my hubby. This is a very easy dish and a real treat for Bitter Gourd lovers. I had lerant this recipe from my aunt Sowmya Bhat but, I am posting here with minute changes. Give it a try, I am sure you will really like it. Have fun..

Preparation time: 40 min.
Servings: 4

  • 4 medium size Bitter Gourd
  • 1/3 cup Jaggery ( to taste, u can reduce it to 1/4cup if u like)
  • 1/4 cup thick Tamarind Juice
  • 1/4 cup split yellow peas/ gram dal
  • 1/4 cup washed Black Gram dal
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 3-4 whole red Chilies or 1 tsp red Chili powder
  • 1/4 cup grated dry coconut ( Kobbari)
  • Salt to taste

For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • pinch of Hing/ asafoetida
  • 2-3 green Chilies sliced
  • 1 spring Curry leaves

  • Wash and remove the seeds from Bitter Gourd and finely chop and keep it aside.

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds,  once you hear the spluttering sound, add all remaining tempering ingredients. Saute for few seconds.
  • Then add Chopped Bitter Gourd. Fry until tender( as you can see in the pic) on a low to medium flame. It takes about 15-20 mins.
  • In the mean while, dry roast gram dal. washed Gram dal, coriander seeds, Cumin seeds and Red Chilies. Allow to cool and coarsely grind it in a blender.
  • Once the Bitter Gourd is tender add Jaggary ,Tamarind juice and Salt to taste. Mix well and saute well for few sec. 

  • Now add the coarsely ground spices and mix well. Saute for another 5 min in a low to medium flame. 
  • Finish of with Coconut.. I forgot to add coconut!!.
  • Serve with hot plain rice and spoon of Ghee or Coconut Oil.


  1. My fav palya :) Nice recipe Prabha..

  2. Mmmm...great recipe with wonderful flavors..;)
    happy following u..!
    wish to see you in my space too..
    Tasty Appetite

  3. wonderful recipe and looks yum !!!

  4. thank you vani, Jay and Sangee..