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Stuffed Karela

This is one amazing dish, however people have pre-conceived notion “Karela” implies bitterness and not good in taste. I must add it has an acquired taste. Stuffed Karela” aka “Bitter Groud” or “Bharwan Karela” is something that is made with perfect combination of spices and stuffing, which gives its unique taste. The crispy surface and delicious stuffing makes it a desirable dish. As a child I hated the sight of it, but gradually over the time developed the taste for this and now its one of my favourite vegetable. You can have this as a perfect side dish with any meal. My take on Step by Step recipe of Stuffed Karela  is shown below.

Karela, if the thought of it itself makes you make faces, you may like to revisit your thinking. Karela is one of the most nutritious vegetable around and is definitely recommended for diabetic patients. You can drink karela’s juice once a day and likely is that you will off numerous deceases (please consult your dietician/ gp/ doctor, before you do so).

Per 100 grams of bitter gourd contains about 34 grams of calories and almost negligible fat, it has high potassium content. It is also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium. Its truly a wondrous thing to have in the meal.

Stuffed Karela Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Stuffed Karela Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Making of stuffed karela is divided into two parts.

First, making sure the bitterness of this bitter gourd is removed and then stuffing it.

To remove bitterness of karela scrape out the skin of karela and sprinkle salt and let it marinate for 1.5 hrs. This process makes karela loose its bitterness, now squeeze the juice out of these marinated karela pieces.

To prepare the stuffing, use the spices (or can add things like paneer or potato stuffing), stuff the karela and fry it.

Best part of this stuffed karela recipe is that it is fully vegan and gluten free (when not adding asafoetida).

Bharwa Karela Recipe |
Bharwa Karela Recipe |

Recipe is as simple as this. Detailed and step by step recipe of stuffed karela is below.

Stuffed Karela Recipe North Indian - Punjabi style | Your Food Fantasy

Stuffed Karela

Stuffed Karela – Bitter Gourd recipe, from the northern India
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 Portions
Calories 83 kcal


  • 5 Karela / Bitter Gourd Karela
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Grated
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Fennel Seed Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry Mango Powder / Amchur
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chaat Masala
  • 2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil


  • Wash karelas thoroughly and using a knife
    Karela Recipe | Stuffed Karela | Your Food Fantasy.jpg
  • Scrape the skin and keep the scraped skin aside.
    Scrapped Karela Skin | Your Food Fantasy
  • We will be using scarped karela to begin with.
    Peeled Karela For Peeled Karela For Stuffed Karela Recipe | Your Food FantasyStuffed Karela Recipe | Your Food Fantasy.jpg
  • Make a slit in the karelas length wise and remove the seeds. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt on karela and rub it all over. Let this marinate for hour and half.
    Salting Karela for Stuffed Karela | Your Food Fantasy
  • Wash the karelas thoughrouly and squeeze all the water out. Keep them aside to get little dry.
  • Prepare the stuffing : Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan, add cumin seeds and asafoetida to it. After the cumin seeds crack, add the chopped onions and sauté till they are pinkish brown.
    Preparing Onion filling for stuffed Karela | Your Food Fantasy
  • Add all the spices powder, grated ginger and sauté again.
    Adding Spices in Stuffing of Stuffed Karela | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now add karela scrapings and sauté again. Cover the pan with lid and let it cook fir 5 minutes.
    Stuffing for Stuffed Karela |
  • Open the lid and let it cook till all the water evaporates. Switch off the heat now and let it cool a bit.
  • Stuff the split karelas with this mixture. Keep the leftover mixture which we will use while cooking karelas. Join the slit in the karelas with the help of toothpick so that the stuffing does not come out while cooking.
    Stuffed Karela | Stuffed Karela Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Add 1 tablespoons of oil in a pan/kadhai over medium heat. Spread  the stuffed karelas in the pan, and then the left over mixture and cover it with lid, and let it cook for about 5-7 minutes.
    Frying Stuffed Karela | Stuffed Karela Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Turn the karelas to another side and sauté and let them cook from this side too. Repeat the process of flipping karelas until all the sides of the karela are properly cooked.
    Stuffed Karela Recipe | by Meenu Gupta
  • Switch off the heat and serve them hot, and take off tooth pick before serving. Enjoy it with poori or phulka.
    Stuffed Karela Recipe


  • Once cooked, these karelas can be refrigerated up to a week. So you can cook them in advance and enjoy them for long. Similarly, you can cook and pack them for your travel, as these can easily be kept for up to 30 hours at room temperature.
  • You can tie stuffed Karela’s while cooking with thread in case you do not have toothpick.
  • These can be cooked by deep frying after filling the stuffing in them.
  • You can try other stuffings too, for instance Paneer.


Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Karela
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 774mg34%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you like Karela, you may like to try karela masala too.

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4 thoughts on “Stuffed Karela

    1. Thank you Dibakar. Sure, please do share when you can how did you get on with this. Will love to see 🙂

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