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Monday, November 24, 2008

Hagalakayi Menaskayi

2 medium sized Bitter gourd / Hagalakai
Pinch of Turmeric
Large grape sized Tamarind
2 large lemon sized Jaggary
1/2 tsp chilly powder
3/4 cup grated Coconut
5-6 Red Chillies
4-5 tsp Sesame seeds / Ellu
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds
3/4 tsp Blackgram seeds / Uddinabele
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds / Kotambari
Pinch of Asafotida powder
Salt to taste
2-3 Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
3-4 tsp Oil

Add tamarind and 1/2 cup of water in a bowl, smash it and keep it aside.
Cut bitter guard into two pieces and remove the seeds. Chop bitter gourd into small pieces and put it in a vessel full of water, bring it to boil and drain the water. Do this step 2 or 3 times, so that bitterness of the bitter guard goes off. Add jaggary, salt, tamrind water, pinch of turmaric powder, chilly powder, 2 tsp oil, water and cook them well. Add red chillies, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, blackgram seeds, fenugreek seeds, 2 tsp oil in a pan and fry them until you get nice aroma. Add grated coconut and fry them for about 3-4 mins in medium flame. Grind this fried masala into smooth paste by adding sufficient amount of water. (If it is frozen coconut use hot water while grinding.) Add this ground coconut to a vessel containing cooked bitter gourd and bring it to boil. Keep the menskayi in low flame for about 4-5 mins. Add mustard seeds and 1 tsp oil in a pan. Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves and add it to Menaskayi. Mix well before serving. It goes well with Rice and Dosas.


Anonymous said...

Hii Veni,
Just glanced thro' hagalakayi menaskayi recipe, wondered looking @ the addition of methi and kottambari seeds..Do u really add them?, b'coz I have never tried menasukayi with adding Dhaniya & Methi..Then I think it will taste same like Sambar..! Still in dilemma, as to add or not !!again will ask Amma..:))
- Love, Vanitha.

Krishnaveni Nalka said...


Yes, for some Menaskayi I add coriander and fenugreek seeds as they enhance the taste of Menaskayi.
As we add sesame seeds, it will not taste like sambar...

Swathi hasanadka said...

I tried menaskai. Corriander and methi enhances taste.. and it doesnt taste like sambar. :)

Divya bhat said...

Hi..I tried menaskayi..turned out very tasty..☺thanku

Divya bhat said...

Tried menaskayi..turned out very tasty..☺thanku krishnaveni🙂