Stuffed Karela / Bitter Gourd

Suffed Karela/ Bitter Gourd.

Karela or Parikay is not a favorite in most households. But both of us, myself and my husband love it. It all depends on the way you incorporate flavors into it. So I usually make Pittla (south indian concoction with many spices) or a Fried version. I have been wanting to make stuffed Karela for a long time, so tried it out and the result was great! Both of us had a great experience!

So here’s my style of Stuffed Karela. Try the recipe and enjoy it. It is a good combination with Chapathi, Rasam rice or Curd rice.


Karela— 2

Coriander seeds— 3 tsp

Cumin seeds– 1 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds— 1/2 tsp

Peanuts— 4-5 tbsp

Whole dry red chill — 2

Tamarind— small marble size

Turmeric powder — 1/4 tsp

Salt— 1 + 2 tsp.

Oil—- 4-5 tbsp.


Clean the karela well. Now scrape the outside skin of the karela and keep it aside. Slit the karela and remove the seeds and add it to the scraped karela skin, add 1/2 tsp salt. Rub the karela with salt inside and outside. Keep aside for 15-20 minutes. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil. Roast the coriander, cumin, fenugreek seeds along with red chilli. Once the color changes, add the peanuts and roast it. Turn off the heat and add the tamarind and give it a stir. Cool it and grind them coarsely. Squeeze the mixture of the other skin and seeds and remove the extra water. Rinse with water. Do the same with the karela, rinse in water twice. Now add the grounded masala, one teaspoon salt, turmeric powder to the seed mixture and stuff this mixture in the karela. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and place the stuffed karela and close it with a lid. Reduce the heat and allow it cook slowly. Turn over the karela in between and cook it from all sides.

Enjoy sumptuous Stuffed Karela!

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