bharwa karela recipe, stuffed bitter gourd recipe
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bharwa karela recipe

punjabi bharwan karela recipe - bitter gourd stuffed with spice powders and sauteed with caramelized onions.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: side dish
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Servings: 3 to 4
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 10 to 12 small karela (bitter gourd)
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¾ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon punjabi garam masala powder or garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder (saunf powder)
  • 2 medium sized onions - finely sliced
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • few chopped coriander leaves for garnish (optional)
  • salt as required


preparation for bharwa karela recipe

  • rinse and peel the karela (bitter gourd).
  • make a vertical cut on each karela keeping the base intact.
  • remove the seeds and pith with your hands or scrape with a small spoon.
  • mix all the dry spice powders with salt.
  • stuff the spice powder mix in the karela.
  • tie a thread tightly around each karela.

making bharwa karela

  • heat the oil and fry the karela in the oil till they are browned and cooked.
  • in the same oil, add the sliced onions and fry them till they begin to brown.
  • add the karela and saute till they the onions become crisp and golden.
  • add the rest of the spice mix, if there is a left over.
  • in case if you have added less salt in the spice mix, you can add them now.
  • while serving bharwa karela remove the thread and serve bharwa karela garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
  • bharwan karela is best had with some rotis, phulkas or as a side vegetable dish with dal-rice.