Friday, February 24, 2017

Bharwa Karela(with Besan) | Stuffed Bittergourd recipe | Punjabi style Bharwan Karela

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bharwa karela
I have mentioned many times earlier in my posts that bitter gourd is a favorite vegetable to TH and it finds its place in our menu almost every week.He likes it in any form like fry, curry or stuffed version but I prefer mostly the stuffed version. I have already posted a south Indian version of stuffed bittergourd which tastes absolutely delicious with rice and also another stuffed bittergourd with onion masala(Kakarakaya Ullipaya Karam) and today I am posting a Punjabi style of Bharwa Karela with Besan. One can prepare the filling even with boiled and mashed aloo which also tastes good,I will post it some time later.These stuffed Bittergourds can be stored in refrigerator for upto 2 days.Also you can store the masala and use the same to stuff the big bajji mirch to prepare bharwa mirch the other day.
punjabi style bharwan karela
I somehow like the stuffed vegetable recipes and Bharwa mirch, Bharwa Bhindi, Bharwa Baingan, Bharwa Tendli and Bharwa Karela - all these dishes appear quite regularly at my place.Do not got by looks of this dish, take my words and try it and you agree that this is the best way to eat bitter gourd which is not even bitter.
stuffed bittergourd

bharwan kareley
Check out other stuffed vegetable recipes in my blog:
stuffed bittergourd
Bharwa Karela | Stuffed Bitter gourd Recipe:
Serves 3-4 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 15 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Total time: 45 mins
Cuisine: North Indian | Category: Side dish - Curry

8-10 Small Bittergourds
1 cup Chickpea flour/Besan
1 Onion,finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
1 tbsp Coriander powder
2 tsp Red chili powder
2 tsp Amchur powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
Salt to taste
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 tbsp Oil

  • Wash and peel the bitter gourds and make a slit vertically on one side keeping the edges intact and scoop out the flesh and seeds and give a nice massage with salt internally and externally and place them in a box and sprinkle a bit of wheat flour and leave it in refrigerator overnight or for at least 2-3 hours.
  • In a pan dry roast besan until it becomes aromatic and keep it aside.
  • In a kadai heat 1.5 tbsp of oil and crackle cumin seeds and add ginger garlic paste and fry for half a minute.
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry until they turn translucent.Add all the dry spices - red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, amchur powder and salt and fry for another minute.
  • Add roasted besan to it and mix it nicely and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  • Add coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Drain the excess water from the bitter gourds and stuff them with the besan mixture nicely and tie each karela tightly with a thread so that the mixture gets sealed nicely.
  • Heat 2-3 tbsp of oil in a wide pan and place the stuffed karelas and fry them on low-medium flame until they turn brown on all the sides by turning them in between.
  • While serving remove the tied threads from the karelas.
Serve them hot with rice/roti/paratha.

  1. As we remove the skin of the bitter gourd and massage it with salt and marinate it for long, the bitterness would almost go.But if you like you can keep the skin of the bitter gourd and also marinate for less time or avoid marinating it..
  2. You can vary the quantity of spices as per your taste.
  3. You can use the same masala to stuff the big bajji mirchi to prepare bharwa mirch.
stuffed bittergourd


Unknown said...

Surprisingly the bitter taste of karela is gone with the stuffing giving a very good tasty to the recipe .A very very nice recipe worth trying

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