Recipe for Spicy Hyderabadi Stuffed Karela

This is a Recipe for making at home Spicy Hyderabadi Style Stuffed Bitter Gourd or Karela. This is a specificity Hyderabadi main course vegetable dish, which is prepared using freshly prepared spicy stuffing Masala. The Bharwan Karela is not only good to taste, but also healthy and nutritious.

The Marathi language version of the same Karela preparation can be seen here – Bharli Karli

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Serves: 4 Persons

6 Medium size Bitter gourd

For the Stuffing:
¼ Cup Ani seeds
1 Cup Dry Coconut
2 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
1/2” Cinnamon piece
6 Cloves
2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
5-6 Almonds
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
4 Red Chili
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
2 Tablespoon Tamarind Pulp
¼ Cup Coriander Leaves (chopped)
Salt and Jaggery as per taste
½ Cup Oil

Wash the Bitter Gourd and slit them horizontally from one side. Remove the seeds and then boil the Bitter Gourd for 5 minutes.

For the Stuffing: Slightly roast the Ani Seeds, Dry Coconut, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Almonds, Sesame Seeds and grind them into a paste. Then slightly roast the Red Chili, Cinnamon, Clove, Salt and then them grind into a paste. Mix both the grounded pastes together and fill it into the boiled Bitter Gourd.

Heat the Oil in a nonstick pan and arrange the stuffed Bitter Gourd over the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and cook them for 5-7 minutes on a slow flame. Remove the lid and add then add the Tamarind Pulp, Jaggery and a cup of Water and cook for 5 minutes on a slow flame. Garnish with chopped Coriander Leaves.

Serve hot with Bhakri or Chapatti.

By Sujata Nerurkar

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