Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stuffed Bitter Gourd Recipe-Stuffed Karela

Bitter gourd has many health benefits. It has many vital vitamins, minerals and also has blood purifying properties. So why not include this wonder vegetable in our diet once in a week. This is one of my favorite stuffed curry. My kids who do not like bitter gourd, love this stuffed bitter gourd curry. If you prepare it the way I have mentioned below, this curry will not taste very bitter. It is a great side dish for chapati/roti and rice. Today let us learn how to make stuffed bitter gourd fry using our easy stuffed bitter gourd recipe.

Stuffed karela-stuffed bitter gourd fryStuffed Bitter Gourd
Serves - 2-3

Ingredients needed

Bitter gourd - 6-7

Onion - 2 big ones
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Coriander powder -2 tsp
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp or as required
Salt as required

For the seasoning

Oil -1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 3/4 tsp (sombu)

Oil -1 1/2 tbsp for frying bitter gourds

bitter gourd-karela Bitter gourd creeper in my backyard

Buy small or medium sized bitter gourds of uniform shape.


Wash and slightly scrap the skin. Make a 2 inch long slit on one side and remove all the seeds gently.

Then soak them in salted water for half an hour. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Finely chop onions. This is very important.

stuffed bitter gourdMethod

Now let us prepare the stuffing

Heat a tbsp of oil, add jeera seeds, fennel seeds, when it splutters, add finely chopped onions and saute till they turn golden brown.

Then add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt needed. Cook till the raw smell goes.

Remove from flame and let it cool.

Stuff the bitter gourd with the prepared masala well.

Take an idly pan or a steamer and steam the bitter gourds for a few minutes or till half cooked.

Now heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry the bitter gourd in low flame, tossing them in between, so they will get cooked and browned evenly.

Enjoy with hot rice or chapati

Note -You do not have to tie a thread around the bitter gourd as the masala will not come out.

Bitter Gourd (pavakkai ) recipes

Bitter gourd curry

Bitter gourd pitlai

More stuffed curry

Stuffed Brinjal curry

Bagara baingan

Stuffed ladys finger curry

Stuffed Capsicum Curry

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then, bye from Padhu of


  1. Karela is one vegetable which I like to cook up once in 10 days...Will definitely try this one out...I like those cute bittergourd rats.

  2. I love those bitter gourd creepers as well as the stuffed kerela. They look delicious.

  3. Thats a healthy & tasty dish!!! Love ur profile pic btw :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. super & healthy stuffed karela,lovely presentation!!

  5. This is my favorite,looks super yum

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog padhu.U have nice blog. love ur bitter gourd stuffing...Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe :)

  7. Excellent and healthy stuffed karela..

  8. Nice stuffing, sounds very interesting! Looks Yummy!

  9. Delicious stuffing ....... and very healthy recipe!

  10. Yummy stuffing n looks delicious...

  11. I prepared this stuffed bitter gourds..tasted yummy! Thank you very much for sharing the recipe!

  12. Wow, nice recipe.. I should try this...

  13. Hi.Have been following you for many recipes.Like the way you simplify the method.As well as the tips and precautions are really handy.
    Thanks :)


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