Haagalakayi Palya / ChineseBitter Melon in Tamarind Sauce

Haagalakayi is one of the favorite vegetable of my husband and his family. Chinese Bitter Melon is longer, plump and have less ridges on its surface compared to Indian Bitter Gourd. It is less bitter than the Indian variety.

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What you need :
Chinese bitter melon : 1 (washed, de-seeded and chopped into thin slices)
Tamarind juice : 2 -3 tbsp (adjust according to your taste)
Jaggery : 1 small gooseberry size
Palyada Pudi : 1/2 tbsp (scroll down for the recipe)
Turmeric : 1 big pinch
Salt
Oil : 1/2 tbsp
mustard, curry leaves

Method :
Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard and let it crackle. Time to add curry leaves and turmeric, mix and add bittermelon pieces. Mix it properly and cover the lid. Lower the flame and let the bitter gourd pieces get cooked on a low flame.
After 2-3 mins, open the lid, mix the contents and add half a cup of water, cover the lid and continue to cook till bitter melon pieces become soft. It takes about 10 mins time (more or less than that).
The water must have almost condensed. Add tamarind juice, salt and jaggery and palyada pudi. Mix and bring it to boil. Adjust the flavors and serve with your favorite main course.

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Palyada Pudi :
Kadalebele : 1 cup
Uddinabele : 1/2 cup
RedChillies : 15 (add less if you want a less spice version)
Pepper : 10 (add less if you want a less spice version)
Cinnamon stick : 1" piece
Cloves : 5
Curry leaves : 20 leaves (please note it is 20 leaves not 20 lines of leaves)

Roast all of them separately on a hot tava. Powder them and store it in a airtight container.

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24 comments:

Cham said...

As we get the indian variety i never bought the chinese bittergourd. The curry is good with plain rice!

LG said...

That was a speedy comment Cham. Thanks :) And, yes we also never thought of buying chinese bitter melon but Indian variety is too bitter and I had dropped eating this veggie. Chinese variety has right amount of bitterness. It will not embarrass you with its bitterness ...

Sunshinemom said...

Never seen these! Do they taste like chow chow? They look a lot like chow chows except that they are slim all the way;) Congrats on your well deserved award, and thanks for considering me - cheers to long blogging life:)

sowmya said...

I have seen this in Ntuc market, but never knew what to do with it..maybe I will buy them next time..this curry looks reaaly good..

Sapna Anu B.George said...

I have never seen this either , but intresting recipie

LG said...

@ Sapna, widely seen in East Asian Markets, so probably you might not have not seen this veggie.

LG said...

@ SunShineMOM, it is bittergourd dear, not chow chow. They taste just like bittergourd :D less bitter that is it!

Divya Vikram said...

They lok too delicious n healthy. And i liked your orange cake n choc cake recipe.

TheKeyBunch said...

Thank you for the blog award LG:) we are honoured!
Rekha and Sharon

Uma said...

I bought these once in a chinese supermarket. These won't taste as bitter as our Indian variety! The curry looks so good Lakshmi! Love the addition of tamarind sauce.

Smitha said...

Hagalkai gojju nan pancha prana ri!! Evaga innu nan oota madilla, nim hagalkai gojju nodi hotte hesiyakke shuru ayitu!!

rekhas kitchen said...

congrats on your awards lakshmi Haagalakayi palya mmmmmmmmmmm mouthwatering i have seen this vege but never tryed .will try now

Priya said...

I have seen bitter melon in chinese store, but never tried them, ur bittermelon palya looks yummy..thanks for sharing ur awards with me..its mean a lot for me..thanks once again LG...

srikars kitchen said...

Nice entry.. looks really yummy.. congrats on ur awards & thxs for passing me...

DEESHA said...

palya chennagide .. i dont get hagalaki here .. missing it :(

SMN said...

thanks so much for that award and hagalakayi gojju tumba chennagi kantide.. elli sikktu chinese bittergourd never came across..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow the curry looks great dear, it should go well with rice, dosa and everything... Congrats on all your awards and thanks for passing it on to me...

Srivalli said...

Lovely one LG!

Priti said...

I never tried this veggie..looks gud..Congrats for all your awards

Happy cook said...

I have never known about these the curry looks really yumm.

Sharmi said...

never experimented with this bittermelon. does it taste similar to the indian one? looks good though.

Sagari said...

yumm looks mouthwatering lakshmi

Madhu said...

I don't get indian kind here, very rarely get chinese kind. Love to make gojju, your looks more like thick gojju than palya :) Yum yum...

anudivya said...

Congratulations! I need to try out the Chinese bittergourd!