How to make Bharwan Karela -

Stuffed karela in sautéed spicy onions.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Kadai Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Bitter Gourd, Besan

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Bharwan Karela

Bharwan Karela Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Bharwan Karela Recipe

  • Bitter Gourd halved 4

  • Besan

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Onion chopped 1 medium

  • Ginger paste 2 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tamarind juice 2 teaspoon

  • For stuffing

  • Gram flour (besan) 1/2 cup

  • Onion chopped 1 medium

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Scrape the bitter gourds; make a slit on one side and remove the seeds. Rub the salt over and inside the karele and set aside for one hour. Wash under running water and set aside.

Step 2

o prepare the stuffing, dry-roast the gram flour in a non-stick pan over low heat till fragrant. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.

Step 3

Add the onion, coriander leaves, salt, chilli powder, garam masala powder and carom seeds and mix well. Stuff the masala mixture into each karela and set aside.

Step 4

Heat the oil in a kadai; add the onion and sauté till light golden brown. Add the ginger paste, and garlic paste and sauté for two minutes. Add the coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder and mix well.

Step 5

Sauté the masala till fragrant. Add the stuffed karele, half a cup of water and salt. Cover and cook over high heat for three or four minutes. Lower heat and cook for ten to twelve minutes, stirring gently at regular intervals. Add the tamarind juice and

Step 6

Cover once again and cook for another ten to fifteen minutes, till the bitter gourds are cooked.

Step 7

Serve hot.

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