Bitter Gourd Palya – HagalaKayi Palya

Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon is known for its medicinal values. It is consumed mainly by people who have diabetes. I also have read it has Anticancer compounds. I had eaten bitter gourd many times, but in most cases the bitterness was completely removed.

However, when my Parents visited us, my Mom made BitterGourd Palya, and ever since I bring Bitter gourd from the Indian store and make this vegetable. No bitterness removed. All medicinal values kept intact.


  • 3 BitterGourds
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric, pinch of Hing, 1/2 tsp urad dal, 1/2 tsp channa dal, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1 tsp Palya Powder
  • 2 tsp Jaggery
  • salt to taste


  • Wash and deseed BitterGourd. Chop according to your preference.
  • In order to use less oil, I microwave the vegetable for 4-5 minutes so it is cooked and already tender.
  • In a vessel, heat oil, add all ingredients like mustard seeds, jeera, hing, urad dal, channa dal, haldi. Fry for a few minutes
  • Next, add the cooked BitterGourd.
  • Make sure it is tender, add Palya Powder, Jaggery, salt.
  • If you want, you can add fresh coconut also.
  • Serve with Chapathi ot Rice.

P.S: Don’t soak the bittergourd in any water or haldi water like they usually do. This will drain away all the medicinal values.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Archana Lakshman on May 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Meera…Nim blog thumbha channaigidhey🙂 We are Madhwas too and we live in Silver Spring, Maryland….We are also Raghavendra Swamy devotees…..:-) Recipes given here are awesome….We prepared all pudi like sambar, sarin pudi , etc. by reading your blog…..Thank you very much….We shall try to meet you once….:-)


    • Posted by meeraghu on May 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks for your comments. You stay very close to our house in Burtonsville. Earlier, we lived in Sliver Spring. Yes, lets definitely meet sometime soon.🙂


  2. Posted by Roopa on October 2, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Hi Meera loved your recipes and your blog, all festivals are so beautifully done,just one request can you post halbai recipe if you know just wanted to try but could not get the perfect recipe .I am also a kannadiga living in Singapore …thanks so much Roopa


  3. Posted by Roopa on October 2, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Did try your halgalkai palya today came out very nice, always i make gojju today tried your palya was fantastic,Thanks so much Meera I feel so blessed when I find some kannadiga recipes and you are doing such a great thing by helping us all Thanks again ….


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