slice the bitter gourd / kanchal / haagalakai into thick slices.
remove the seeds and spongy centres.
transfer the sliced bitter gourd into a large bowl and add a tsp of salt.
mix well and allow it to rest for 20-30 minutes.
now rinse the bitter gourd under cold water.
in a large kadai, add a tbsp of oil along with mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, dried red chilli, curry leaves and hing.
fry and allow to splutter.
add the squeezed and drained bitter gourd and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes.
now spread them well on a kadai and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes or until softened.
now add tamarind juice.
also add jaggery and turmeric powder. add salt if required only.
mix well and allow to cook for 15 minutes or till water drains completely.
once the water gets drained off completely, add rasam powder and fry for a minute or 2.
add a tsp of oil over it.
garnish with fresh or desiccated/ shredded coconut.
serve kanchal palya hot with rice or chapathi.