Stuffed karela/bittergourd- spicy side dish for chapati

One of my best friends M used to bring this in her tiffin box to office and we loved it. I asked her for the recipe and then made it once at home. It became a frequent thing after that. After a long time, I made it again and decided to blog about it as some friends requested for the recipe.I am not sure whether I have followed “M’s”exact recipe as I made it almost after a gap of two years. But this was equally tasty and was finished in no time with phulkas. Thank you ‘M’.

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Stuffed karela/bittergourd- spicy side dish for chapati Yum
Course side dish

north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Slit one portion of the gourd vertically and remove all the seeds. Boil them in water for 5 minutes so that the skin becomes slightly tender. Dry them.Rub them with salt and turmeric and keep for sometime. Later gently squeeze out the water. This step will reduce the bitterness.Keep it aside.
For the stuffing
  1. Heat little oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Then add ginger , garlic, green chillies
  2. and then the onion and saute for few seconds. Then add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala and salt. Mix well. Add the powdered ground nuts. At this point, the onions should be crispy.(Dont cook for a long time)
  3. Now fill the treated gourds with this stuffing. Rub little oil on them.
  4. Arrange them on a shallow saucepan. Add little oil on the sides and close with a lid. Cook till the skin becomes dark brown. Keep turning them in between so that they cook on all sides.
  5. Serve hot with chapatis/phulkas.
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  1. Suma Rajesh

    hey soumya…same pinch on posting the same veggie…urs looks superb and i got another recipe to try with bittergourd..:)

  2. Is that the chinese bittergourd u used? Looks gorgeous the stuffed one!

  3. Sowmya Madhavan

    no cham… they are the indian ones only..with teethy ridges and pointed towards the ends..only they are smaller in size, so they dont look very narrow in the middle

  4. Mahimaa's kitchen

    cute bite sized healthy karelas. looks great.

  5. Premyscakes

    Sowmya, It looks perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love karela in any this recipe is a surely gonna find its turn when i make karela next time πŸ™‚

  7. Priya Suresh

    Am drooling over them..delicious stuffed bittergourds..

  8. Divya Kudua

    Wow..lovely looking stuffed karelas Sowmya..something I have never tried making..;-)

  9. That looks so good.. i don’t think i’ve tasted stuffed karelas before sounds awesome.

  10. Yum Yum….would love to try this recipe. Karelas are good for health but not so popular, this is a good way to make people eat karela.

  11. I have never tried stuffed karela’s sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  12. its looks mouthwatering ..a small suggestion for those who wud like it a bit sweet..u can add a little jaggery in the stuffing…the sweet and spicy taste will be awesome!!!

  13. I have to admit this is not a fav vegetable from me.
    Mom used to force us to eat this saying teh were really good for us and we kids hated the veg .

  14. This is one of the best karela dishes I have ever had. My mom in law always makes this for me:-) the fennelf gives it that distinct flavor.

  15. oh those tiny karelas look so cute:) I too love making this recipe.

  16. OOh gr8 u got such cute small karelas…..i know its healthy but doesnt make it at home…..

  17. stuffed karela is new to me. Looks really yummy

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  19. I’ve never tried this before, but it looks fabulous, Sowmya!! πŸ™‚

  20. this is one of the coolest recipes i’ve ever seen. i haven’t heard of karelas before. is it a pepper?

  21. addition of peanut is different for me,…will try this version soon,..:-)

  22. Karela looks good especially the second picture, a little charred – thats where the taste lies. I am not very fond of karela but I can eat this kind!

  23. Hey somya,

    The bittergourd recipelooks very nice…I posted a similar fry recipe on my blog…..will try your version this time…

    I am new to blogging


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