Bharwa Karela (Stuffed Bitter Gourd)

Sorry for keeping you waiting for long time but here comes my next post…. Today I am starting a new category of vegetable dishes and that too with a dish made of bitter gourd which is usually a last choice for everyone. But I hope you all will definitely like this dish as this dish reduces the bitterness and gives a better flavour.

Bharwa Karela


  • 5-6 bitter gourds (medium size)
  • 3 big size onions for onion paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsp oil


Wash bitter gourd and clean the warty exterior. Trim the bitter gourds at both ends and make a slit on one side without cutting through. Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp salt into water and then put bitter gourds into it and boil them. To check whether it is cooked or not, put knife over it and if it goes smoothly into it then it means it is cooked. Put these bitter gourds separately.

Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and onion paste into it. Fry the paste until it becomes translucent, then add 1 tsp red chili powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, salt (to taste) and mix them well. Sauté this masala mix for 1 min and put off the heat.

Stuff the masala mixture into the slits of bitter gourd. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan and add the stuffed bitter gourds into oil and add remaining coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt to taste. Then add tamarind paste and sprinkle 1/8th cup of water and sauté it slowly and cook until water evaporates. It’s ready to serve now.


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