Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stuffed Karela (Bitter gourd)

This recipe is developed and prepared by my husband.  Me and my daughters enjoy his cooking as he comes out with new ideas and innovative ingredients to the usual recipes too.  One of the innovative 'Stuffed Karela' recipe is given below.


Karela (Bitter gourd) -2  medium sized
Besan (Gram flour)  - 3 heaped tablespoons
Rice flour - 1 heaped tablespoon
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 6 tbsp


In a pan, add 2 tbsp of oil, put mustard seeds, when it splutters add Jeera and Hing.  Switch off the heat and add besan, rice flour, pepper powder, turmeric powder,chilli powder, Asafoetida and salt (little extra for the karela too) and mix well in the residual heat.  Do not use water in the entire procedure.

Wash the Karela well and wipe it dry.  Slit it open into two lengthy halves.  Remove the pith and dry it with a paper towel.  Fill it with the above stuffing mixture and close the karela and tie it with a thread so that it does not fall apart and the stuffing is in tact while done.

Pour 4 tbsp oil in a flat bottom non stick pan and place the stuffed karelas on it. Keep turning the karelas on medium heat initially with lid on.  When it is free of moisture, remove the lid and keep turning till it is done.

Transfer and remove the threads and slice it into small pieces. This dish goes well with Rice items and Rotis.

'Hunger finds no fault with the cooking' - Anonymous


  1. Something different from what we cook here! Will give it a try!

    Normally we use stuff ing of onions,garlic and ginger only with ofcourse the common indian spicies, and to cut the calories count we boil the karelas in cooker or steamer and then just stuff the cooked masala.

  2. I have an award for you to collect!

  3. Wow, thats soo creative..looks yummy..

  4. wow..........so innovative......sure looks yumm...dear.

  5. not a karela fan but this looks super yummy!!! :) :)

  6. I lov karela,but never tried this way..will giv a try,nice shot...

  7. Yummy :) thanq for the visual feast!

  8. OMG..Ur Stuffed Karela is making me hungry.They look awesome.I have'nt had them in a long time. I'm the only one who eats Karela in my house so do not make them often.Mostly my mom makes it for me when I visit her.

    But I'm surely going to make some soon and indulge myself in this delicious Stuffed Karela.Thanks Chitchat and pls compliment your Husband on my behalf for this recipe.

  9. Anything stuffed is a content meal..... to be stuffed into us..... rather our tummy packs...


  10. Very new recipe with karella... I love karella a lot although I hardly find fresh karella in the part of the US that I live... will give this a try next time...

  11. Nice recipe..very innovative...My hubby being a great fan of Bitter gourd would love this for sure :)Will def give it a shot, one of these days.

  12. I make stuffed karela diff way...this looks delicious...thanks for the entry :)


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