Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bharwa Karela – Stuffed Bitter Gourd - Punjabi Traditional Food

Bharwa Karela - Punjabi Vegetarian Food Recipe

Bharwa Karela – Stuffed Bitter Gourd:
Bharwa Karela – bitter gourd stuffed with spice powders and sautes with caramelized onions.
Bharwa Karela

Bharwa Karela Ingredients:
Bharwa Karela - Stuff Bitter Gourd
10-12 small karela/bitter gourd
¾ tsp turmeric powder
¾ tsp red chili powder
¼ tsp Punjabi garam masala
1 tsp amchur powder
1 tsp fennel powder/saunf powder
2 medium sized onions, finely sliced
3 tbsp oil
few chopped coriander leaves for garnish – optional
salt as required

Bharwa Karela Making Method:

Bharwa Karela - Punjabi Famous Food
  • Rinse and peel the karela.
  • Make a vertical cut on each karela keeping the base intact.
  • Remove the seeds and pith with your hands or scrape with a small spoon.
  • Mix all the dry spice powders with salt.
  • Stuff the spice powder mix in the karela.
  • Tie a thread tightly around each karela.
  • Heat the oil and fry the karela in the oil till they are browned and cooked.
  • In the same oil, add the sliced onions and fry them till they begin to brown.
  • Add the karela and saute till they the onions become crisp and golden.
  • Add the rest of the spice mix, if there is a left over.
  • In case if you have added less salt in the spice mix, you can add them now.
  • While serving remove the thread and serve garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Bharwa karela is best had with some Rotis, Phulkas or as a side vegetable dish with dal-rice.


  1. It's really great post and nice information about the Karela (Bitter-Melon) in your website.
    and Anybody get right information by your website and your post #Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia), also known as Karela, is a vine that is native to India. The fruit of the plant contains several active compounds called bitters (especially charantin and momordicin), vicine and a polypeptide (p-insulin) which help support healthy blood sugar levels.


  2. Lots of great looking dishes here! I can't keep up with all the dishes I want to make...there's always so many good ones :)
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