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Stuffed Roasted Bitter Gourd | Bharwan Karela

Deepali Jain
90 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 People
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ABOUT Stuffed Roasted Bitter Gourd | Bharwan Karela RECIPE

Spicy. tangy, roasted and stuffed bitter gourd. Eat for health benefits or just for taste. It is a novel taste and once you acquire it, it is difficult to forget it. A family recipe.

Recipe Tags

  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • North Indian
  • Pan fry
  • Condiments
  • Diabetes

Ingredients Serving: 10

  1. 1 kilogram of raw mango
  2. 1 kilogram of bitter gourd (karela)
  3. 4 teaspoon of coriander powder
  4. 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  5. 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  6. 21/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds (saunf)
  7. salt to taste and some extra for rubbing in the gourd
  8. 2 tablespoons of mustard oil for roasting


  1. Wash the bitter gourd thoroughly. Using a serrated knife scrape off the ridges of the bitter gourd and collect them in a bowl. Do not throw away the scraping.
  2. Cut the bitter gourd lengthwise on one side leaving the ends intact for easy opening to fill them. Liberally rub the bitter gourd inside and outside with salt and set out in sun for couple of hours.
  3. In the meanwhile, peel and grate the raw mango. Wash the salted bitter gourd thoroughly and then squeeze it to remove excess water. Also squeeze the bitter gourd scraping to remove the bitter juices. You may collect the bitter juice.
  4. Now mix the scraping, spices and raw mango together in a large bowl. Using your thumb and forefinger, open the split bitter gourd and generously fill it with the prepared filling.
  5. Heat a flat bottom wide skillet. Add mustard oil. Now gently place prepared bitter gourds side by side, leaving enough space to turn them around.
  6. Roast on slow flame till done. You can cover the lid for few minutes for faster cooking. Serve as a side dish or pickle as per your preference.

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Christine Miranda
Christine Miranda   Mar-22-2017

Thanx f r this lovely dish.

Niyaz Laiq
Niyaz Laiq   Jul-14-2016

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