Sunday, 28 June 2015

Bharva Karela|How to make Bharva Karela|Stuffed bitter gourd

The name of bitter gourd doesn't bring very good taste in most of us mouths.But this recipe will change it all.It will be liked by small and big both.It is a time tested recipe of my grandmom.So just check it out and try it at your homes..

And what more it is as always an easy recipe with a bit of preparation.My husband is a bitter gourd fan(yes..phew!).Hence I always prepare this karela at my place ...weekend or weekday...festival or holidays....Karela is a usual treat at my house.Sounds unusual!Well with this recipe it wont.

A time tested recipe like this doesnt need a stamp for taste but let me assure you it will be a relish and you will make it a regular in your household too!

Preparation time:30 minutes(bitter gourd to be salted and kept for 8 to 9 hours or overnight)
Cooking time:45 minutes

8 bitter gourd of medium size
  1. 5 big onion(paste)     
  2. 2 tsp fennel seeds(saunf)
  3. 2 tsp sugar
  4. 2 tsp turmeric powder
  5. 4 tsp coriander powder
  6. Salt as per taste
  7. 4 to 5 tbsp. vegetable oil 
  1. Peel the bitter gourds,slice them vertically and remove all the seeds.If they are too big then divide them horizontally into two halves.
  2. Apply salt on all surfaces of bitter gourds thouroughly because this will reduce the bitterness of gourds.
  3. Keep the peeled and salted bitter gourds overnight.
  4. Next day wash the gourds properly to remove salt.
  5. Take a pan.Add Vegetable oil to it.Add the onion paste.Let it sauté.But don't make it golden brown.Just soften them because onion will provide sweetness to the otherwise bitter veggie.
  6. Add turmeric,coriander powder,fennel seeds,sugar ,salt to the paste.Add salt less than usual because gourds are already salted.
  7. Now start filling the gourds with this paste.They will become small parcels,you can tie these parcels with thread or simply keep them open.
  8. Now take 4 tbsp. oil in a pressure cooker,place all the gourds side by side in it.Add 3/4 th cup of water to it.Put on the lid.After one whistle turn off the gas.
  9. Now place all the gourds with oil in another heated pan  with vegetable oil and let them roast for around ten minutes on low flame.
  10. Your  bharva karela is ready!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Wow really good recipe making bitter karelas into smthng as tasty as this

      1. Thank you!Hope you will like the taste too.

    2. Yummy and healthy recipe dear

    3. Yummy and healthy recipe dear

    4. Good enjoying

    5. Taesty rasepy

    6. I make the karela with garlic and chili, never tried this method, I am sure that it must be awesome... gotta try it soon

      1. Thanks Fareeha .I am so happy that you are gonna try this.

    7. Cool! I have never tried bharva but it sounds delicious :)

      1. Hey Rebecca!If you havent tried then do try it and let me know your feedback.

    8. Wow; what an unusual recipe. I will have to give it a try one day soon.

    9. this recipe intrigues me! I've had stuffed peppers before and fried zucchini but nothing like this.

      1. Hi Noel.....You have tried all tasty things till now and add this to the list and you will never regret.Stuffed peppers is on my blog too!