1 Bitter Guard/Hagalakai
4 tsp grated Coconut
Pinch of Chilly powder
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
2-3 Curry leaves
1 tsp Oil
Cut bitter guard into two pieces and remove the seeds. Chop bitter guard into small pieces and put it in a vessel containing salted water for about 1 hour. Remove chopped bitter guard from salted water and spread it over the tissue or clean cotton cloth to dry for about 10-15 mins.
Keep oil in a thick bottomed vessel and heat it. Add this chopped bitter guard and fry it untill it turns golden in color.
Add grated coconut, chopped onion, coriander leaves, pinch of salt and pinch of chilly powder in a vessel.
Add mustard seeds and oil in a pan. Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves and add it to the same vessel. Mix well and keep it aside.
Add fried bitter guard to this coconut masala, mix well and serve. It goes well with rice & ghee.