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Bharwan Karele

Stuffed and spicy Bitter Gourd (Karela)
Recipe By : Niru Gupta
Type: Vegetarian Serving: 4 Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • Karelas (bitter gourd) of a uniform size 500 g
  • Salt 1 tbsp
  • cup (60 g)
  • Mix together for masala: :
  • Salt 2 tsp to taste
  • Haldi (Turmeric) 1/2 tsp
  • Sonth (Dried Ginger powder) 1/2 tsp
  • Powdered Dhania  (Coriander) 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder tsp
  • Jeera (Cumin) roasted 1 tsp
  • Heeng (Asafoetida) 1/8 tsp
  • Saunf (Fennel seeds), roasted 1 tsp
  • Methi Dana (Fenugreek seeds), roasted tsp
  • Sarson ka tel (Mustard oil) 1 tsp


  • 1. Scrape off the rough surface of the Karelas, slit lengthwise on one side, rub all over with the 1 tbsp salt and keep aside for about 30 minutes.
  • 2. Squeeze the karelas to get rid of the discarded juices and scoop out the hard seeds if any.

  • 3. Stuff the filling firmly into the 'karelas'. Heat the cup oil and add the karelas and turn around a few times over high heat, and then lower the heat and let them cook, covered, till tender, stirring a few times, so that they are cooked all around and are brown all around.

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