bharwa karela
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Easy 15 Minutes Stuffed Karela or Bitter Gourd

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Keto Recipe, Sabzi & Curry, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Ipsa Faujdar


  • 5 tbsp Oil
  • 250 gm Bitter Gourd
  • 3 tbsp Curry Paste (cooked paste on onion, garlic, ginger, chillies, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder)
  • 2 tbsp Pickle Spice Mix (refer link above or instuction below)
  • 1/2 tsp Aamchur/ Dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt as per taste


Preparing the stuffing

  • To make pickle spice, Dry roast these spices and grind to a fine paste. 2 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 tsp fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp yellow mustard halves, 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds, 1/4 tsp (pinch) onion seeds (optional).
  • Add 3 - 4 tbsp ready to use curry paste (refer link in text), 2 tbsp pickle spice mix, salt and dry mango/ aamchur in a mixing bowl and mix well all ingredients
  • Wash and peel the skin of the bitter gourd. Make slits vertically from one side. Carefully do this to make a pocket only to stuff the masala mix.
    stuffed karela
  • stuffed karela

Stuffing the Karela

  • Take one spoon of mixture and try to fill as much enters into it. Repeat for all and keep aside on a plate.
    stuffed karela
  • Take a small thread and try to tie the karela as shown in picture.
    stuffed karela
  • 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

  • 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 karela with help of a tong.
  • 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 8 - 10 minutes on low flame to cook the stuffed karela completely. If you have more in quantity or in large size karela then it might take bit longer to cook the whole lot.
  • Bharwa karela is ready to serve.
    stuffed karela



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