Stuffed Karela ( Bitter Gourd)

by Vidhi Sahni (@vidhisahni)
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As the name suggests bitter gourd / karela is not very favorite of many people but has many benefits. It has Magnesium, Potassium and vitamin C.It is an excellent source of dietary fiber.Good for maintaining blood sugar levels, works as a blood purifier,Improves heart health..


2 Servings
  • 250g
    Karela ( bitter gourd)
  • 1/2tsp
  • 1/2tsp
    cumin seeds
  • 1/2tsp
    fennel seeds
  • 1/2tsp
    Kalongi or Nigella seeds
  • 1tbsp
    turmeric powder
  • 1tbsp
    red chilli powder
  • 1tsp
    garam masala powder
  • 1tbsp
    Amchur powder
  • 2tbsp
    coriander powder
  • 4tbsp
  • 1 1/2tbsp
  • 1
    big size onion coarsely grinded 1 big tomato coarsely grinded


  1. Wash and peel karela and make a slit in the center, take out the big seeds if any

  2. Now take 1/2 tsp salt ,1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder mix and apply on top and inside of karela set aside for 7-8 minutes

  3. Take a heavy bottom pan or Kadai heat 2 tbsp oil add cumin seeds ,Asafoetida, fennel seeds,and kalongi seeds let them splutter a bit

  1. Now in the same pan add Onion and sorte till they turn translucent, now at this stage add tomato to the onion mixture ,add red chilli powder ,turmeric powder, coriander powder ,garam masala powder, salt,amchur powder mix the spices and keep stirring at intervals cook for 3-4 minutes till the oil starts to ooze out .

  2. Now take out the mixture in a separate plate and let it cool down a bit

  3. Take the slit karela and wash them thoroughly so that all the bitterness is redused and no extra salt is left

  4. Pat dry the karela and start to fill it with the prepared mixture of onion and tomato

  5. After all the karela's are filled tie them with the help of a thread so that at the time of shallow frying them the stuffing does not comes out

  6. Now in a clean pan put 2 tbsp oil and put all the karela and cover with a lid ,cook for 5-6 minutes on low to medium heat then turn the karela to other side repeat the process till they are perfectly cooked .

Tips & Tricks

  1. After the karela is cooked remove the threads before Serving with roti / chapati of choice

  2. Aways prefer small sized karela for stuffed recipe

  3. Remove the seeds as much as possible this way the karela will not be too bitter ,

  4. Never add too much salt at the time of cooking as we have already marinated the karela with salt.

  5. If possible keep the marination on for 15 minutes ,

Vidhi Sahni
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Vidhi Sahni


Hello friends I am Vidhi, Always inquisitive about new things I started to explore new dishes to make in my own style as my beloved father loved food... Read More