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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hagalakai Gashi(Bitter Gourd Curry)


Hagalakai Gashi(Bitter Gourd Curry)

I'm back with my mothers traditional recipe for bitter gourd. Bitter Gourd is called 'Hagalakai' in Kannada, 'Gashi' means thick gravy. This is one of my favorite dish, its bitter sour and sweet. My mother makes this dish in any special ocassion, we use it as a pickle except me :) !!

Sunday was our New Year Day - Ugadi, so this time wanted make the menu what my mom used to cook on this day. This bitter gourd dish is one of that, Which i want to send it to Pooja's VOTW - Bitter gourd.

Recipe is as follows..


1 cup Bitter Gourd
1/4 cup Jaggery
2 tblsp Tamarind paste/pulp
Salt as per taste

To Grind

1/4 cup shredded Coconut
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Coriander seeds
3-4 Whole Red Chillies
1/4 tsp Turmeric


1 tblsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Urad dal
Curry leaves


1. Cut the Bitter gourd and wash it in salt water.
2. Add tamarind paste, salt, little water to bitter gourd and pressure cook until 2-3 whistles.
3. Mean while fry cumin, coriander seeds, chillies in 1/2 tsp of oil.
4. Grind coconut, fried spices, turmeric until a smooth paste.
5. In a pan heat 1 tblsp of oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.
6. Add the grounded paste to the tempering, 3-4 tbsp of water and cook for 2-3 minutes.
7. Now add the pressure cooked bitter gourd and jaggery, salt.
8. Now cook it for 5-7 minutes. Bitter gourd curry is ready.

1. U can add more or less water depending on the thickness of the gravy.
2. Dont forget to drain the bitter gourd from the pressure cooked water, to avoid bitterness.

Here is my mothers Hagalakai Gashi..

Hagalakai Gashi

It goes to Pooja's..

VTW-Bitter Gourd


Dhivya said...

Mom used to make this!!!looks so yumm and delicious..great entry

Unknown said...

looks delicious Archy..the ingredients slide show is a nice idea//

Trupti said...

nice recipe Archana. thanks for sharing this recipe

Meera said...

Looks delicious, Archy. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful entry.

Uma said...

What a great way to cook bitter gourd! Looks wonderful, Archy! Very nice entry. Happy ugadi to you too.

Cham said...

Lovely entry, i love BG in any form, delicious. Happy Ugadi to u and ur family

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

yummy!!! naveen loves haagalakai. will try this out sometime.. thanx

Jayashree said...

that looks delicious.....

Sia said...

never knew u make gasshi with haagalakai. recipe is almost similar to gojju. looks very delicious archy.

Kalai said...

Awesome recipe!! Love bittergourd! :)

Pooja said...

Archy ,
this is such a lovely dish , it has everything to make one feel hungry :) . turmeric, coriander , urad dal... ohhhh what else can be better than this. Never tried bitter gourd this way . thanks a lot buddy for sharing your mom's traditional recipe . hugs to you :)

Medhaa said...

lovely entry, I have just developed the taste for bitter gourd will try this recipe

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

well done and this is good for health, too..the bitter gourd curry makes one better, isnt it !

Archy said...

Thank you one an all for ur encouraging sweet words :) !!

Unknown said...

Can u let us know when to add jagerry .. i did not find it in recipe

Archy said...

Add jagery at last depending on ur taste!!