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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  3. Enjoyed reading it and my mouth was watering through out. Thanks for sharing, but have you ever tried South Indian Andra Style Mango pickle, You can also try Mango pickle Aam achar and various andhra pickles by SITARA at their online store , The India's biggest online store for pickles. Bitter Gourd pickle achar or kakarakaya pickle karela achar and various andhra pickles by SITARA at their online store , then it's a totally different scenario health and taste combination.


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