Healthy Bharwa Karela : Stuffed Bitter Gourd


8-10 baby karela/bitter gourd
3-4 table spoon oil
3/4 tea spoon turmeric powder/haldi
1 tea spoon red chili powder
1 tea spoon roasted cumin powder
1 tea spoon fennel seeds powder/saunf powder
1 tea spoon coriander powder
1 tea spoon amchur powder/dry mango powder
1/4 tea spoon punjabi garam masala
3 medium sized onions, finely sliced (half moon shape)
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Salt as per taste

2 tea spoon sugar

1. Rinse the karela. Pat dry.
2. You can peel as well, I have not peeled in this recipe.
–Note: You can rub the salt as well and keep it for 2-3 hours, wash again and use. I wanted to reduce the salt content (to make it healthier) and hence skipped this.
3. keeping the base intact, make a longitudnal cut on each karela. dsc_0151
4. Remove the seeds and pith with your hands or scrape with a small spoon/knife.
5. Mix all the dry spice powders: Red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, amchur, garam masala alongwith with salt.dsc_0153
6. Stuff karelas with the spice powder mix.dsc_0157
7. Tie a thread tightly around each karela.

Bharwa Karela : Recipe by Prashant Namdeo
Bharwa Karela : Recipe by Prashant Namdeo

8. Heat the oil and fry the karela in the oil till they are browned and cooked. dsc_0167
9. Add the sliced onions and fry them till they start becoming crisp and golden.

Bharwa Karela : Recipe by Prashant Namdeo
Bharwa Karela : Recipe by Prashant Namdeo

10. Add sugar (if opted for) and let it blends well with the masalas.
11. Add the rest of the spice mix,and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
12. While serving, remove the thread and serve bharwan karela garnished with chopped coriander leaves, bharwan karela goes best with boiled daal, rice and phulkas.

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