How to make Karlyachi Bhaji -

karela cooked with masalas in form of a curry

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Bitter Gourd, Peanuts (मूंगफली)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Karlyachi Bhaji

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Karlyachi Bhaji Recipe

  • Bitter Gourd 500 grams

  • Peanuts 3-4 tablespoons

  • White sesame seeds 3-4 teaspoons

  • Dry coconut (khopra) 100 grams

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Goda masala 2 teaspoons

  • Tamarind 1 lemon sized ball

  • Oil 3 1/2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 5-6

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Cut karela lengthwise into half. Remove seeds and cut into thin slices. Apply a little salt and then leave aside for 20 minutes. Roast peanuts on to a hot tawa. Peel them and then grind into powder. Grate dry coconut and then roast it on tawa. Grind it too. Soak tamarind in warm water for a few minutes and then remove pulp.

Step 2

Mix tamarind pulp, white sesame seeds, ground dry coconut, roasted peanut powder, red chilli powder, goda masala and salt in a bowl and leave aside. Squeeze karela in fistfuls to remove excess moisture and bitterness. Heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When they start crackling, add curry leaves, turmeric powder.

Step 3

Cook for a moment. Add karela and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add prepared masala mixture, add water and then allow it to cook for 20-25 minutes. Add salt to taste. Remove when done and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

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