Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Ghosale /Gilka Bharit

Green Sponge Gourd is known as Ghosale or Gilka in Maharastra. 
I didn't like ever 'Ghosale' as bhaji. But our Khandeshi neighbour Mrs. Sarode taught this bharit to my mother, and I love it.
You also try once, I am sure, you will also like it.

Ghosale / Green Sponge Gourd :


  • Ghosale / Gilaka / Green Sponge Gourd- 3
  • Onion, finely chopped- 1 cup 
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped- a handful
  • Green chilies, cut- 3 to 4
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida ( Hing)- ½ tsp
  • Oil- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Jaggery- 1 tsp or to taste
  • Tamarind- a small lemon sized ball or Tamarind thick pulp- 2 tbsp

  • Wash and scrap off gourds. Do not peel. You can use without scrapping also.  
  • Cut into thin slices. 
  • Take heavy bottom pan or wok. I use iron deep tava which is used for bhakari.
  • Heat oil in a pan/tava or kadhai and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add chillies, turmeric powder and hing. Saute a while.
  • Add chopped gourds and saute. 
  • Add salt, mix well and cook until they become very soft and will look like mashed. 
  • Transper this mash in a bowl. Let it cooled.  
  • Combine cooked mash, chopped onion, chopped coriander and tamarind pulp+jaggery ( Dissolve jaggery in tamarind pulp). Add tamarind pulp as needed or your personal choise.
  • Serv with hot roti or bhakari.  

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