Bharwaan Karela

    Recipe by: MyDeliciousRecipes

    Bharwaan Karela

    Bharwa Karela is a healthy dry curry made from karela (bitter gourd).  Bitter gourd has many health benefits such as it purifies the blood, is good for a diabetic patient, is beneficial in hemorrhoids and constipation, helpful in skin disorders. Karela is rich in minerals like vitamin B, vitamin C, iron and calcium, therefore bitter gourd has many health benefits. Bharwan Karela is a dry vegetable of bitter gourd made with only bitter gourd, onions, curd and spices. Bharwa Karela is a dry curry which is a delicious dish of Karela that is easy to make at home. By following this recipe, you can easily make this delicious and healthy karela dish at your home.


    Preparation Time
    4 Hour 20 Minutes
    Cooking Time
    40 Minutes
    Meal Type:


    Karela (Bitter Gourd)500 GramOnions, Finely Chopped4 - 5 Large
    Red Chilli Powder1 Teaspoon or As Per TasteTurmeric Powder1/2 Teaspoon
    Coriander Powder4 TablespoonRoasted Cumin Powder1/4 Tablespoon
    Fennel Seeds1 TablespoonSalt3 Tablespoon + 1/4 Teaspoon or As Per Taste
    Ghee or OilTo Deep Fry + 2 TablespoonFresh Curd3 Tablespoon

    • Peel the karela and discard the skin. Slit the bitter gourd length-wise but do not cut it into pices and remove all the pulp and seeds from inside.
    • Apply salt inside and outside of karela and keep aside for 3-4 hours, this will remove all bitterness from karela.
    • After 4 hours wash the karela 2-3 times so that the extra salt and its bitterness is removed.
    • Squeeze the karela to remove excess water and keep it in a plate.
    • Heat ghee or oil in a pan for deep frying on high heat. When the ghee becomes moderately hot, add karela and fry till it becomes light brown. Remove from ghee and keep it in a plate. You can fry them in 2 - 3 batches depending on the size of the pan.
    • Let them cool slightly at room temperature.
    • Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing.
    • Grind the fennel seeds in a grinder and make a coarse powder.
    • Put fennel powder, coriander pods, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, turmeric powder and a little salt in a bowl and mix well. Be careful about salt is karela is already salty even after washing.
    • Stuffing is ready. Fill this spice stuffing well in the empty karela.
    • Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee or oil in a pan on medium heat. When the ghee gets medium hot, add finely chopped onions and fry it till it becomes light brown while stirring continuously.
    • Add curd and stuffed karela to it and mix well. Cover the pan and cook the karela until soft, while stirring occasionally otherwise the spices will burn from the bottom.
    • Delicious karela is ready. Turn off the gas and transfer it to a serving bowl.
    • Enjoy it with roti, chapati or paratha. You will demand more and more.

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