Bharwan karela recipe, how to make Stuffed Karela or stuffed bitter gourd.
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Bharwan Karela: Bitter gourd stuffed with an aromatic mix of spices. A healthy Bitter Gourd recipe.
Recipe type: Side dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine: North Indian Recipes
Serves: 5 Bharwan Karela
  • Karela (bitter guard) – 5
  • Raw mango paste or amchur powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Karela seeds paste – 2 tbsp
  • Onion – 5 (chopped)
  • Ginger paste – ½ tbsp
  • Garlic paste – ½ tbsp
  • Mustard oil for frying
  • Note:
  • You will need sewing thread (cotton based) to keep the stuffing together inside the karela when cooking. This will be removed while serving.
Prepare the Karela
  1. Lightly scrap karela (bitter guards).
  2. Slit each karela (bitter guards) lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds carefully.
  3. Boil them in slightly salted water for ten minutes or until half done and drain.
Prepare the stuffing
  1. Heat the mustard oil in a pan.
  2. Add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or turn translucent.
  3. Add garlic-ginger paste and mix well.
  4. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, raw mango paste or amchur powder, karela seeds paste, sugar and salt. Mix well
  5. Cook for 10 minutes or separate the oil.
  6. Turn off the gas and let the stuffing cool.
Preparing the dish
  1. Fill the prepared mixture into the karela (bitter guard) and tie with a thread.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium flame and deep-fry the stuffed karela (bitter guards) till they turn golden brown from all the sides. Take out the karelas from the pan.
  3. The Bharwan Karela is ready.
While serving Bharwan karela remove the thread.

Serve with plain rice or Parathas or Roti or Puri.
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