Skip to main content

Recipe For Stuffed Karela - Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd known as karela in Hindi. It is disliked by most of the people due to the bitter taste. This vegetable is cooked in different combinations to better the bitter taste.

Stuffed karela is a tasty side dish and my 6 year old daughter really loves and relishes it the most. Twice a week she insists me to prepare this curry and she enjoys it with rice and ghee (melted butter). This is a healthy and easy to make recipe and is relished by all alike.

Preparation Method

  1. Take 4 to 6 thin and long karelas, wash these under tap water.

  2. Wipe the karelas dry with paper / kitchen towels, slit longitudinally in the middle so as to make it into a boat shaped one.

  3. Keep these aside. Now take 2 tbsp gram flour (besan) in a bowl, add red chilli powder as per taste.

  4. Add 1 tsp each of dhania (coriander seeds)-jeera (cumin seeds) powder (or only jeera powder), amchur (dry mango powder) and salt to it. Adding amchur powder is optional.

  5. If you wish you can add little grated gur / jaggery as well for little sweetness in the taste but it not necessary.

  6. Add 1 or 2 tsp of vegetable oil and blend the ingredients. Make this into a dry powder only and not a paste.

  7. Stuff this powder into the boat-shaped karelas. If necessary, press hard with your fingers / thumb to push in the stuff into the karela.

  8. Heat enough oil in a frying pan and gently place these stuffed karelas in the oil in such a way that the stuffed part is upwards.

  9. Allow these stuffed karelas fry over medium flame.

  10. When the bottom part of karelas is fried, turn these upside down and allow the other side to fry over medium flame.


  11. Allow these to fry in simmer till the color of changes from green to dark and the karelas become crispy.

  12. Once these are done you can take these in a serving-plate, garnish with thin chips of carrot, beet root, cucumber etc and enjoy the taste with rice and ghee.

Health benefits of Karela

Bitter gourd is low in calories and is a very good source of Vitamins B and C. It is rich in minerals like magnesium, folic acid, iron, zinc, phosphorus and manganese besides high dietary fiber. Particularly bitter gourd contains polypeptide P which is considered good for diabetic people in meeting the insulin requirement of the body. It even contains hypoglycemic compound which helps in lowering the sugar levels in the blood and urine as well. Consuming karela juice early in the morning with empty stomach is considered very effective in controlling sugar levels. In addition to controlling sugar levels, consumption of karela juice helps in improving energy levels and thus increases the body stamina, controls psoriasis, improves respiratory disorders and the beta-carotene content in bitter gourd helps in maintaining eye health. So when karela has so many health benefits, why not try out some varieties with bitter gourd and relish the taste.

Popular posts from this blog

How to perform Ksheerabdi Dwadasi Pooja / Vratam

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi falls on the 12th day after Deepavali Amavasya in the Hindu month of Kaartika Maasam. It is an auspicious day for the Hindus, particularly the married women. On Ksheerabdi Dwadasi day, married women, mostly in the Southern states perform Tulasi Pooja in the evening. Holy Basil plant is worshiped by the married women on this auspicious day for a happy and blissful married life.

Recommended for reading: Significance of Ksheerabdi Dwadasi. Mostly, married women observe fasting in the daytime on this auspicious day, though it is not compulsory.
Procedure for performing Tulasi poojaRefresh yourself with a shower in the evening and dress in a traditional way as per your family customClean the potted plant and smear turmeric paste around the pot i.e Tulsi kota.Decorate the pot with dots of kumkuma and rice flour. Draw 'Kalyanam bottu' (special way of putting bindi to the brides during wedding) at the center of the dots.Decorate the plant and the pot (Tulasi kota) …

Lyrics and meaning of Brahmamokkate Parabrahmamokkate

This Keertana is one of the best and most popular compositions of Saint Annamayya in which he describes the universal truth of oneness and omnipresence of God in all the creatures alike. The Keertana is sung in Bouli / Mayamalava Goula Ragam.

Pallavi
Tandanana Ahi Tandanana Pure Tandanana Bhala Tandanana
Brahmamokkate Parabrahma Mokkate Prabrahmamokkate Prabrahmamokkate

Meaning:
The word 'tandanana' is a slang used in the local folklore to give a rhythmic punch to the folk music. While the words 'ahi' 'pure' and 'bhala' are words of appreciation in the local language (different dialects of Telugu). The second line describes the oneness of God.

Charanam
Kanduvagu Heenadhikamu Lindu Levu Andariki Srihare Antaratma
Indulo Jantu Kulaminta Nokkate Andariki Srihare Antaratma

Meaning:
There is no class distinction like high or low and it is Sri Hari (the Supreme God) who dwells in all the beings. There is even no distinction among the creatures as it is He who dw…

Traditional Telugu Wedding

"Dharmecha, ardhecha, kamecha, nati charitavyeti, data vadet, nati charatavya - Nati Charami"
"Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna, kanthe badhnami subhage tvam jeeva sarada satam"


These are the two most important chanting in Indian Hindu weddings.

Wedding (Vivah / Vivaham in Sanskrit), is a highly sacred event in Hindu culture. It is a life long commitment between a man and a woman. Vivaham is one of the 16 samskaras. Brahmacharya (youth) of a man ends with marriage and his Grihastasramam (family life) begins.

Hindu weddings involve various ceremonial / procedural events which are almost similar in all regions with slight variations. The events take place in the form of prayers, invocations and vows that are recited in Sanskrit. The prayers are power-packed with in-depth meaning and describe the strong bondage between husband and wife who are united in the presence of Panch Bhoota i.e the five elements of Earth, in a ritualistic manner. According to Hinduism…