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bitter gourd stir fry
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bitter gourd stir fry recipe | hagalkayi palya | karela stir fry

easy bitter gourd stir fry recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 3 Servings


  • 1 big bitter gourd / kanchal / haagalakai / karela
  • 1 tsp salt for marination
  • preferably coconut oil 1-2 tbsp oil,
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp chana dal
  • 1 red chilli dried
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch of hing /asafoetida
  • 1 cup tamarind juice
  • 1 big piece jaggery / gud or as required
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp rasam powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh / desiccated coconut


  • 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.