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Stuffed Bitter Gourd/ Bharwan Karela

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Date – 23.1.2016



Preparation time – 15 mins

Cooking time – 45 mins

Cuisine – north indian

Recipe type – side

Serve – 3-4



Bittergourd – 300 g (medium sized)

Red chilly powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Mustard or sunflower oil – 4 tbsp (approximately)

salt – as per taste

Oil – 3 tbsp or some more

For making paste

Onion – 1 medium or 40 g

Garlic clove – 5-6

Dry coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp



Rinse the bitter gourd/karela and peel the outer skin with the peeler.

Wash again. (if you do not like bitter taste leave bitter gourd in hot+salty water for 10 mins )

Give a slit cut to the karela.

Take all the ingredients under ‘for making paste’ and make fine paste.

Heat 1 1/2  tbsp of oil and add grinded paste. Add salt.

Fry masala till water evaporates and dry. Let it cool down.

Stuff the masala in karela.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in thick bottom kadai.

Place stuffed karela and fry them all the sides, for fast cooking cover with lid and change the sides in between.

When karela cooked cover the karela with a plate and keep any heavy thing on top of the plate. This method will make karela crisp. Do both the sides. (see pics)

Now stuffed karela is ready serve it with dal-roti or dal – rice combo.


In Short


Wash the karela


Peel them and wash again



Give a slit cut


Take ingredients in a blender under ‘for making paste’


Make paste


Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil


Place paste , red chilly, turmeric and salt


Fry this masala till water evaporates and dry or fry for 2 minutes, let it cool down


Stuff this masala into the karela


Heat 2 tbsp of oil


Place the stuffed karela


Cover with the lid and cook them for 4-5 mins  over medium flame


Open the lid and turn all the karela other sides and again cover with lid


Follow this method till karela cooked from the all  sides


Now cover the karela with a plate and keep any heavy thing on top of the plate


After 2 minutes turn karela and follow same method this side too


Stuffed karela is ready




2 thoughts on : Stuffed Bitter Gourd/ Bharwan Karela

  • June 13, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Im thankful for the article post.Thanks Again. Fantastic. Antich

    • nrdubey
      June 13, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Thank You Williampi

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