Easy 15 Minutes Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd

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 5 minutes preparation time. Just imagine you have saved 45 minutes by smart cooking. You can invest that time in creating some other fabulous recipe ideas.

Ready to use curry paste

In this recipe I have used the same pickle spice mix as in stuffed eggplant stir-fry.


Again I have not discarded the outer skin and used that to make another side dish which is beneficial for diabetic people. Either you can use the clean skin of ridged gourd in making juice or try this side dish. It gives similar flavor as fried flowerbuds of neem plant. My mom used to feed us lots of neem and karela hiding in rice. We initially hated the bitterness but actually started liking these healthy bitter vegetables, their edible flowerbuds etc. So I have tried making this peeled skin stir fried along with stuffed karela.

While selecting the smaller ones as they are perfect for this dish and will be cooked quickly and evenly. 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. Though its a healthy food option, it’s not meant for weight loss as it consumes lots of oil in getting cooked.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 ridged gourd

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Easy 15 Minutes Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd
Easy 15 Minutes Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd
Print Recipe
Stuffed Karela is made by stuffing spices in the slits made on karela. Tie the stuffed karela with thread and stir fry them on low flame.
  • CourseKeto Recipe, Sabzi & Curry, Side Dish
  • CuisineIndian
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Easy 15 Minutes Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd
Easy 15 Minutes Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd
Print Recipe
Stuffed Karela is made by stuffing spices in the slits made on karela. Tie the stuffed karela with thread and stir fry them on low flame.
  • CourseKeto Recipe, Sabzi & Curry, Side Dish
  • CuisineIndian
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Preparing the stuffing
  1. Add 3 tbsp ready to use curry paste, 2 tbsp pickle spice mix, salt and dry mango/ aamchur in a mixing bowl and mix well all ingredients
  2. Wash and peel the external skin of the bitter gourd. Make slits vertically from one side. Carefully do this to make a pocket only to stuff the masala mix.
Stuffing the Karela
  1. Take one spoon of mixture and try to fill as much enters into it. Repeat for all and keep aside on a plate.
  2. Take a small thread and try to tie the karela as shown in picture.
  3. The idea is to seal the karela so that the masalas won't come out while frying. Some excess masala will come out in this process. But don't worry about it.
Stir-frying the stuffed karels
  1. Heat 5 - 6 tbsp oil and once oil is hot place stuffed karela into the pan. cover with lead and cook on medium low heat. Occasionally flip the karelas with help of a tong. Don't use spatula to flip karela.
  2. If you have more quantity karela then do it in batches of 5 - 6 at a time. Don't over crowd the pan. It takes 12 - 15 minutes on low flame to cook the stuffed karelas completely. If you have more in quantity or in large size karela then it might take bit longer to cook the whole lot.
  3. Bharwa karela is ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Similar way stuffed brinjals, stuffed capsicum, stuffed tinda etc are prepared quickly.

Happy Cooking Friends. 

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