Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwan Karela)

Items needed:

  1. Four pcs of bitter gourd
  2. One potato
  3. One big red onion
  4. One teaspoon of garlic
  5. One tomato
  6. Cashew and Raisin
  7. Various Spices ( Cumin seeds, Fennel seeds, Coriander seeds, Mustard seeds, Trachysermum Copticum seeds)
  8. One spoon butter
  9. One slice of smoked cheese
  10. Olive oil for cooking and roasting


  • Keep the bitter gourd in pressure cooker for 5 minutes (add a pinch of salt and turmeric to reduce bitterness)
  • Takeout from the pressure cooker, wash in the cold water and keep it aside so that extra water is removed.
  • Take half spoon of Olive oil in pan, and fry the spices: such as CuminAjwain,Mustard coriander seeds
  •  Add fine sliced cashew and raisin, garlic, ginger, onion and potato, add spices such as amchoor powder, pepper, garammasala and chilli to taste.
  • Fry till till everything turns golden brown, add tomato and close the pan for 5 mins. Mix it well.

  • Remove the seeds from bitter gourd, take a 1/4 long slice of smoked cheese and place it in the bitter guard.
  • Stuff it with the onion, tomato, potato paste.
  • Use normal thread to tie so that stuffing doesn’t come out, prepare rest of the pcs in same manner.

  •  Fry this stuffed bitter gourd in pan in little oil, keep turning so that all sides are cooked well and bitter gourd skin turned brown.
  • Remove the treads carefully, and serve it hot.

This Stuffed Bitter gourd goes very well with yellow tadka daal and white rice.  A bitter yet very mild sweet taste of raisin and cheese will melt in your mouth till the last grain of rice. Try it today.

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  1. Thanks for comment Shraddha, Yes I did, see step 4 of process, you can use real Imli Juice (Soaked Taramind in hot water, a tea spoon or two of it) also. Keep coming for more 🙂

  2. I love karelas but for the life of me i can never get them right.. first the bitter taste is always there, secondly, even if i soak them in imli ( just the way mom used to do) and salt.. then squeeze out the water after some time any suggestions????
    this sounds so yummy that i am sure it will taste even better..
    thank u for sharing

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