Bharwan Nariyal Karela | How to make Bharwan Nariyal Karela

By Anjana Rao  |  11th Jan 2016  |  
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About Bharwan Nariyal Karela Recipe

Bharwan nariyal karela or stuffed bitter gourd with coconut is simple yet extremely rich and delicious dish. I have to give the credit for this recipe to my husband who prepared this with the last few ingredients which were there in our pantry during the flood hit days.

Bharwan Nariyal Karela

Ingredients to make Bharwan Nariyal Karela

  • 250 gms Karela/Bitter gourd
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp oil
  • For nariyal/Coconut Masala:
  • 1 cup scraped fresh coconut
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5 to 6 kashmiri red chillis (You can use any other variety red chillis)

How to make Bharwan Nariyal Karela

  1. Cut the karela into 2” or 3” pieces and boil in salt and tumeric water until tender. Drain the water and let the karela pieces cool down. Scrape out the seeds (if you don’t like!!)
  2. To prepare the nariyal masala; grind coconut, garlic, jeera, mustard seeds and red chillies to paste.
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai and cook the nariyal masala for 4 to 5 minutes and let it cool down slightly.
  4. Stuff the karela with the masala.
  5. Heat 1 tsp of oil and tip in the stuffed karela and left over masala and little water and cook over medium flame for 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rotis or rice.

Reviews for Bharwan Nariyal Karela (12)

Jhanvi Ahuja2 years ago

Very nice

Vaishali Sankhayan3 years ago

I tried the recipe . And it has come out yellow in colour unlike what's in the pic . Any tips ? I would like it red without any colouring agent.
Renu Kulkarni
2 years ago
you can use Kashmiri mirch powder

Bhalchandra Bilgi3 years ago

i am vety happy ilike this recipe

Samidha Doshi3 years ago


sindhu naragoni4 years ago

hello mam...i have tried this recipe. since karela was too bitter i added a tsp tamarind paste and another teaspoon of jaggery ,1/4rth cup water and let it simmer for few minutes until the water evaporates....jaggery cut thw bitterness and my family loved the curry

Ketaki Malhotra4 years ago

great idea...

Rupa Mehta4 years ago


Madhuri Sankhyan4 years ago


Pernita Thakur4 years ago

Thanks for this recipe

neha jain4 years ago


Chandrika Gajjar4 years ago


Ritu Sharma4 years ago

Yummy, nice recipe :)

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