Saturday, 30 June 2018

Stuffed Bitter Gourd, how to prepare stuffed Bitter Gourd using ground nut masala powder

Stuffed Bitter Gourd is famous recipe for all Bitter Gourd liking people. It is also called as Bharwan karela in hindi and very popular dish in north side. I use to hate Bitter Gourd when I was kid, do not know how i started liking it πŸ€”. We can prepare many varieties with bitter gourd like curry, deep fry, chips, chutney etc.,

       Bitter Gourd which I prepared came crisp outside when i prepared and became smooth after some time. If you  deep fry bitter gourd before filling masala it taste good and stay crisp for long time. As I got big size bitter gourd in market so I did not deep fried. You can use small size bitter gourds for this recipe. You can deep fry the bitter gourd to get crispnesss. And coming to filling its different in different regions and every home πŸ˜Š. Today i am using ground nuts masala powder for filling. You can also fill vulli karam(onion masala) , kobari karam ( dry coconut masala), roasted chanadal masala(putnala karam),  fried onions etc., It depend on the taste  how we like and ingredients present at home at that time. Will post all the varieties soon πŸ€—.

Also check my curry recipes,

Stuffed capsicum with potatoe & paneer

Kurkuri bhindi, Bendakkaya veppudu
Carrot beans stir fry
Beerakaya palu plans koora

Let's start recipe

Stuffed Bitter Gourd using ground nut masala

Preparation Time : 20 minutes

Cook Time : 20 minute
Serves : 2
Recipe Category: curry
Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Author: Aruna


Bitter Gourd - 4

Salt to rub bitter gourd

For filling

Fried groundnuts - 1 cup

Roasted chana dal - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 10 cloves
Dry coconut - 1 tsp( you can increase quantity)
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spig
Oil - 4 tsp ( you can increase quantity)
Salt as per taste

Other thing

Thread to tie bitter gourd after filling.


1) Fry groundnuts and remove the skin. Skip you have roasted ground nuts.

2) cut the edges of bitter gourd and scrape/ peel the rough part of bitter gourd. Its optional you can also use without peeling. You can also cut only one edge of bitter gourd.

3) Slit the middle part and remove the seeds. Rub ample salt both inside and outside and keep it aside for 20 minutes and start preparation for filling.

4) Take a mixer jar add roasted ground nuts, fried chandalam dal, dry coconut and make it powder. Now add garlic and grind it once. Take the powder in plate.

5) Take a pan add oil, once it heat add curry leaves and fry it well.

6) Now add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, prepared ground nut powder one by one and fry it on low flame.

7) Take fried masala in plate for filling.

8) Wash the salt coated bitter gourd with water and fill the masala in bitter gourd.

9) Tie the masala filled bitter gourd with thread tightly so that the masala do not separate from it. You can also skip this step, but preferred.

10) Add oil 4 tsp of oil in pan, place the bitter gourd in it. Close the lid for 3 minutes.

11) Open the lid and change the sides, so that the bitter gourd cook well all sides. cook it on low without closing lid as already bitter gourd became smooth.

12) Once bitter gourd cooked well, add the remaining masala powder( Its optional).

13) Take stuffed bitter gourd into plate, and garnish with coriander leaves. Do not forgot to remove the thread.

Stuffed bitter gourd is ready to serve πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

 Stuffed bitter gourd goes well with steamed rice and as side dish for rasam rice or with soft chapathi's. I prefer to have this with hot rice by adding melted ghee πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹. Today i had it as side dish for drumstick rasam and rice.


◆ Peeling the bitter gourd is optional.

◆ You can use the bitter gourd seeds in stuffing. After adding curry leaves add bitter gourd seeds fry it well and then add remaining masala(in step 5).

◆ You can also cut bitter gourd half or small size and fill the stuffing. As shown below but do not slit in middle, masala will come out while frying.


● Select small size bitter gourds.

● Deep fry bitter gourds to get crispnesss (before adding masala). But it consume more oil.

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  1. gud receipe and no bitter taste

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