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Stuffed Karela – How to make Bharwan Karela

January 19, 2015

stuffed karela

Stuffed Karela Recipe

This is something my Mom makes more often , since stuffed karela is my Father’s favorite recipe. Rather I should say we all in the family loves stuffed karela very much.

Earlier my mom would use grinding stone to make paste of all the masalas, so that had a different taste all together. Nothing compares to the original. 🙂 But those days are gone, nowadays the lifestyle has changed and no one has enough time to follow those lengthy processes.

But don’t worry the recipe I am sharing is very similar to what my Mom used to prepare. And I am sure you would love this too.

Stuffed Karela goes well with plain Dal and Rice. This can also be served along with Paratha, Puri or Chapati.

Stuffed Karela

Stuffed Karela

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Puja


  • Karela / BitterGourd - 7-8 small or medium size karela
  • Potatoes - 3 medium size cooked and mashed
  • Tomatoes - 4 small finely chopped
  • Onion - 4 big finely chopped
  • Garlic - 1 big bulb
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chilli- 2 - 3 or as per the taste
  • Yellow sarson - 1/2 tbsp optional
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 3 tbsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp optional
  • Amchur Powder - 1 tsp or as per your taste
  • Chilli Powder - 2 tsp or as per the taste
  • Salt - as per the taste
  • Panch phoran - 1/4 tsp mixture of mangraila, methi, ajwain, saunf and sarson available in stores
  • Mustard Oil - as per required
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1). First of all take out the top stem and bottom tail of the karela’s and make a lengthwise slit through the Karela from top to bottom ensuring that the two halves of the karela does not get separated.

2). Scoop out all the seeds and flesh and keep it aside.

stuffed karela
3). Wash the karela’s and boil in a cooker by adding little water and salt. Boil till one whistle comes.

4). Immediately after one whistle take out the karela’s from the cooker and keep in the freezer to cool down.

5). In the meanwhile in the same cooker boil potato.

6). After it gets cook, peel it and mash it and set aside.

7). Now grind ginger, garlic, green chilli and the scooped material taken out from karela. Set aside.

stuffed karela

8). Heat oil in a pan add panch phoran.

9). Once panch phoran starts spluttering add onion, turmeric powder and salt.

10). Fry onion till golden brown.

11). Now add tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes gets little mushy.

12). Now add the grinded masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, amchoor powder, salt and garam masala powder.

13). Fry till the raw smell of masala goes off and the oil gets separate.

14). Once masala gets fried properly add yellow mustard powder or paste and stir well.

15). Now add the boiled and mashed potato and mix well.

16). Cook for another 2 minutes and turn off the gas. Let it cool down.

17). Now take out the karela from the freezer and squeeze each piece with soft hand to take out extra water in it.

18). Now with a spoon or with your hand, stuff karela and tighten the stuffed karela from both the sides.

stuffed karela
19). Heat oil in a pan or tava and fry the karela on a low flame depending on how deeply you want to fry them. If in any case, the masala falls into the oil, then don’t worry you can have those fried masala mixing with rice as it tastes great. Mostly I would finish those fried black masala while making itself. 🙂

20). Keep turning the sides so that it gets fried evenly.

stuffed karela

21). Once it is fried from all the sides, take it out in a serving plate and follow the same process for the rest of the karela’s.

stuffed karela
22). If the oil is less you can add more oil in between.

23). Serve stuffed karela along with plain rice and dal.

24). It can also be eaten with chapati or paratha.

stuffed karela


  • It is advisable to use mustard oil as it gives a nice flavor to it but if you want you can use refined oil as well.
  • If you want you can also add fennel seeds powder.
  • You can boil karela and potatoes at a time in the cooker. (I personally avoid doing that, just to avoid the situation where the potatoes might absorb the bitter taste of Karela.
  • Potatoes are optional but it’s better if you use it , the idea behind using potato is to avoid adding to much off masalas.
  • If the masala is left you can have it along with rice or paratha or you can store it in the fridge and have in next day.
  • If you are adding yellow mustard powder or paste, it is advisable to add it once the rest of the masala is fried properly to avoid bitter taste.
  • People also deep fry it in a kadhai and to prevent the masala from spilling into the oil, they wrap the the karela with a thread. The method that I have mentioned above is something that I prefer and helps avoid the spilling and the tying that is involved otherwise. It also consumes less oil.

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