Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd Using Ready-to-use Curry Paste & Pickle Spice Mix
Read my earlier post regarding ready to use curry paste & pickle spice mix to prepare the mixtures and store to reduce the cooking time. Normally it takes almost around 1 hour to prepare stuffed karela in this way. But if you have these two basic ingredients readily available then you can cook this in 15 minutes plus minutes preparation time. Just imagine you have saved 40 – 45 minutes by smart cooking. You can invest that time in creating some other fabulous recipe ideas or spend quality time with your family with kids. Isn’t it a great idea.
In this recipe I have used the same pickle spice mix as in stuffed eggplant stir-fry. Similar way stuffed brinjals, stuffed capsicum, stuffed tinda etc are prepared quickly.
Again I have not discarded the outer skin. Either you can use the clean skin of bitter gourd in making juice or mix them with onion paste for stuff. It gives similar flavor as fried flower buds of neem plant. My mom used to make lots of neem and karela for us. We initially hated the bitter taste but gradually started liking these healthy bitter vegetables, their edible flower buds etc. So I have tried using peeled skin along with onion paste. In that case first fry the skin and then add onion paste and saute.
While selecting the smaller ones as they are perfect for this dish and takes lesser cooking time. Also they are not hard and matured ones else you will have to remove the seeds from karela then stuff it.
This is Keto friendly, Diabetic friendly (one of the best food for diabetic patients). Though its a healthy food option, it’s not meant for weight loss as it consumes lots of oil in the process. Kids surely will not like the bitter taste but try to add smaller portion to their regular meal. Moms are so smart infact they always find some or the other way to feed healthy food to their kids.
Lets make this bharwa karela or stuffed bitter gourd or bharwa karela.