Thursday, July 17, 2014

Karlyachi peeth perun bhaji recipe - Bitter gourd sabzi with besan - Nutritional benefits of bitter gourd

 karlyachi peeth perun bhaji in serving plate
Karlyachi peeth perun bhaji  recipe - Bitter gourd sabzi - This is a Maharashtrian style karlyachi bhaji made with bitter gourds and gram flour. Eating karlyachi bhaji without adding jaggery or sugar is beneficial for health.

Some people do not discard the seeds and use them as it is in the  bhaji for more medicinal benefits. But I made this  karlyachi peeth perun  bhaji using jaggery and tamarind for taste which reduces the bitterness and increases the taste. While preparing this karlaychi peeth perun bhaji, I discarded the seeds and lightly scraped out the outer skin. You can make this bhaji along with seeds.

Nutritional benefits of bitter gourd 
Bitter gourd is a popular vegetable, famous for its medicinal benefits and it is great for diabetes. It is very low in calories and high in valuable nutrients. bitter gourd is a rich source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and manganese.

It has an ample supply of  antioxidants and dietary fibers which help flush out the toxins. Bitter gourd contains good nutrition like polypeptide-P ( blood sugar lowering compound ) which helps in lower the blood sugar level. The consumption of bitter gourd juice on empty stomach  in the morning, reduces the blood sugar level in people who have diabetes. To be on the safer side, this juice therapy should be followed under the medical care of  physician ( A licensed medical practitioner). 

Karlyachi Peeth Perun Bhaji Recipe
 ready to serve - karlaychi peeth perun bhaji
Preparation time  10 minutes
Cooking time  10 minutes
Yield - serves 2

  • 500 grams  or 7  bitter gourds / karela
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds / sasive
  • 7 - 8 curry leaves / kadi patta
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 tbsp thick tamarind pulp
  • 1 tbsp jaggery powder / gud + 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder / haldi
  • 1 tsp chilly powder / mirchi powder
  • A generous pinch of kala masala or garam masala
  • 3 tbsp gram flour / besan / chickpea flour
  • 1 ½   tbsp oil 
  • Salt to taste

1.  Wash the bitter gourds and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.
washed bitter gourd - preparing karlyachi peeth perun bhaji
 2.  Slightly scrape the outer skin, cut the end parts and slit them into half in the middle.
scraped bitter gourd -preparing  karlaychi peeth perun bhaji
3.  Remove the seeds with the help of a spoon or knife and cut them into medium sized pieces. You can keep the seeds if you like it.
chopped bitter gourd - preparing karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
4.  Heat the oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it.  When mustard seeds spluttering, add the cumin seeds and allow to crackle. Then add the curry leaves and saute for 30 seconds. Add the chopped bitter gourds, little bit of salt and give a nice stir.
tempering bitter gourd -preparing  karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
5.  Cook covered on low flame till the bitter gourds becomes soft. Stir in between.
cook  tempered bitter gourds - preparing karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
6.  Once the bitter gourds turns soft,  add the turmeric powder, chilly powder and kala masala or garam masala one by one. Saute for a minute and add the tamarind pulp.
Add the masala - preparing karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
7.  Mix well till all the ingredients combine.
Mix and combine masala - preparing karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
8.  Dissolve the jaggery in 1 table spoon of water and add. Cook covered for 2-3 minutes or till the raw smell disappears.
cook overed -preparing  karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
9.  Then sprinkle the besan, salt and stir continuously for 5 minutes or the besan turns soft and form a coat  with the bitter gourds. you can add more besan if you like it.
sprinkle besan and saute - preparing  karlaychi peeth perun bhaji recipe
10.  Serve the karlyachi peeth perun bhaji  hot with rotis, chapatis and rice with curry as a side dish.
 ready to serve - karlaychi peeth perun bhaji


  1. Love pith perun karlyachi bhaji.........looks yummm!!!

  2. Nice recipe with karela, looks delicious.


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