BHArela Karela - Stuffed Bitter Gourd
Bharela karela is stuffed bitter guard which is a tasty accompaniment to Dal,roti or rice. It is a deep fried, spicy, punjabi dish made using small gourds
  • 5 nos - Karela / Bitterguard
  • 1 no - Small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp - Haldi / Turmeric
  • 1 tsp - Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp - Jeera/ Cummin seeds
  • 1 tsp - Salt
  • 1 tsp - Dhaniya powder/ coriander
  • powder
  • 1 tbsp - Mango pickle
  • Cotton thread to tie and secure the guards
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. Slit open the karela and remove the seeds.
  2. If you like the bitterness of the karela then just wash off the karela in and out and leave it on a kitchen towel to air dry.
  3. If you do not like the bitterness then after slitting the karela rub it, in and out with salt and turmeric and let it sit for half an hour.
  4. After half an hour wash them thoroughly and air dry it for ½ an hour.
  5. In a bowl mix haldi, red chillie powder, jeera, dhaniya powder, pickle, onion and salt.
  6. Mix this well.
  7. Fill the dried karelas with this filling.
  8. Using a cotton thread wrap the karela well and secure it by closing the slit.
  9. Heat oil in a kadhai. Once the oil is hot, drop the karela carefully into them.
  10. Fry the karelas till they turn dark brown.
  11. Remove it and place it on tissue paper to remove the excess oil.
  12. Fry them again just before serving.
  13. Serve it with rice or roti and dal fry.
Recipe by MADaboutkitchen at