Bharwan Karela

This Punjabi style bharwa karela features bitter gourd stuffed with ground spices and cooked with caramelized onions. This is Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Main Ingredients Bitter Gourd, Besan
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 1.30-2 hour
Cook time 41-50 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg


  • 4 bitter gourds, halved
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon tamarind juice

For stuffing

  • 1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)


  1. Scrape the bitter gourds; make a slit on one side and remove the seeds. Rub the salt over and inside the karele and set aside for one hour. Wash under running water and set aside.
  2. o prepare the stuffing, dry-roast the gram flour in a non-stick pan over low heat till fragrant. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
  3. Add the onion, coriander leaves, salt, chilli powder, garam masala powder and carom seeds and mix well. Stuff the masala mixture into each karela and set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a kadai; add the onion and sauté till light golden brown. Add the ginger paste, and garlic paste and sauté for two minutes. Add the coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  5. Sauté the masala till fragrant. Add the stuffed karele, half a cup of water and salt. Cover and cook over high heat for three or four minutes. Lower heat and cook for ten to twelve minutes, stirring gently at regular intervals. Add the tamarind juice and
  6. Cover once again and cook for another ten to fifteen minutes, till the bitter gourds are cooked.
  7. Serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 631
Carbohydrates 86.3
Protein 23.4
Fat 21.4
Other Fiber Fiber- 29.5gm