Masala Bharwan Karela

Masala Bharwan Karela

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Masala Bharwan Karela is a Punjabi delicacy that will make even kids fall in love with karela. Here, the karela is first cleaned, slit, coated with salt and allowed to marinate, to eliminate some of the bitterness and to tenderise the vegetable. It is then stuffed with a mouth-watering masala that has rich spicy notes accompanied by the tang of tomatoes and the zing of ginger and onions.


It is important to tie the karela with a thread before deep-frying it, to avoid the masala from coming out. Done the right way, the Masala Bharwan Karela is a dish that will raise your reputation for brilliant cooking!



Serve with rotis , dal and rice to make a homely and satisfying meal.

Masala Bharwan Karela recipe - How to make Masala Bharwan Karela

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients
Method
    Method
  1. Peel the bitter gourd, slit each bitter gourd lengthwise and scoop out the insides carefully creating a hollow in the centre.
  2. Apply a little salt to the inside and outside of the bitter gourd and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Wash the bitter gourd and pat it dry using a kitchen towel. Keep aside.
  4. Heat the mustard oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the onion paste and sauté on a medium flame for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, ginger, green chilli paste, turmeric powder, dried mango powder, garam masala, salt and coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions.
  8. Fill a portion of the prepared mixture into each slit bitter gourd and tie with a thread all over.
  9. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the tied bitter gourd two at a time and cook on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  10. Cool slightly, cut the thread and cut each bitter gourd into 5 pieces.
  11. Serve immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy152 cal
Protein1.8 g
Carbohydrates7.5 g
Fiber3.8 g
Fat12.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium6 mg
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Reviews

Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 29 Nov 19 11:15 PM
5

Hello mam.. Any substitude for amchur powder. I''m from Tamil Nadu. I don''t know what is amchur powder. Please help. Can i use fennel powder instead of fennel seeds?
Tarla Dalal
02 Dec 19 05:03 PM
   Hi, Amchur (dry mango powder) is used to give tangy taste to karela. You can add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to the mixture..
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 02 Aug 17 08:34 PM
5

Hello ma''am. Tried bharwa karela it came out yumm. I like all your dishes firstly they all are very easy & not cumbersome n secondly they are tasty. I followed all your steps but unfortunately, I don''t know why, but my bitter gourds were not tender so I pressure cooked th once. what might have gone wrong can u suggest??
Tarla Dalal
03 Aug 17 03:35 PM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Make sure you fry on a medium flame as mentioned in the recipe, if you fry on a high flame or the oil is very very hot it will start turning brown fast but will be uncooked from inside.
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 27 Apr 17 06:45 PM
5

Dear mam... It was very helpful and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
Tarla Dalal
28 Apr 17 08:36 AM
   Hi Reena, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 07 Sep 16 04:17 AM
5

Respected mam I love your method and your recipe,,,,but you did not mention that how to bind it by using thread,,but on the top you have mention that we need to tie it by thread but last of the preparetion you did not tie ,,,,if u don''t Mind can you tell me how to tie it plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz
Tarla Dalal
07 Sep 16 09:23 AM
   Hi Pankaj, We have tied it at step no 8 You need to just tie it all around and then tie a small knot to seal it.
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 31 Aug 16 09:33 AM
5

Mam punjabi bharwan karele ki racipy bhut bdiya ha Thanks
Tarla Dalal
31 Aug 16 01:34 PM
   Dear Vimalmadan, We are very happy to know you loved the Masala Bharwan Karela recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them. Happy Cooking !!
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 13 Aug 16 12:24 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
13 Aug 16 02:24 PM
   Hi Juber, We are very happy to know you loved the Masala Bharwan Karela recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them. Happy Cooking !!
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 18 Jul 16 08:39 PM
5

Hi Mam, Thanks for the superb recipe. I m diabetic and eating karela was never so interesting before. I make food reading your recipes at least 4 days in a week.
Tarla Dalal
19 Jul 16 08:57 AM
   Hi Pooja, We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them. Happy Cooking !!
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 14 Jul 16 03:05 PM
5

Delicious ..!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe pretty simple to make n great in taste.
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Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 20 May 16 04:07 PM
5

Hiii mam...I am try this recipy...this is awesome test...thanks for sharing this recipy....mam can u please share....Chinese veg peaking soup recipy....I am very thankful to u if u share
Tarla Dalal
20 May 16 05:05 PM
   Hi Saurabhi, We are very happy to know you liked the recipe. We are not sure of the Chinese soup recipe name exactly you are looking for. Please be more clear so we can help you.
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 14 May 16 06:19 PM
5

Hoi mam thanks fr sharing this asowme recipe.
Tarla Dalal
16 May 16 04:22 PM
   Hi Shikha, We are very happy to know you you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
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