Khatta Meetha Karela | Sweet and Sour Stuffed Bitter Gourd meethe-karele
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
  • Bitter gourds – 8 (small sized) (400 grams)
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil – 4 tbsp
  • Fennel powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – more than 1 tsp or 1.25 tsp (as per your taste)
  • Powdered sugar – 2.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida – 1 pinch
  1. Wash the gourd and pat dry. Remove the stalk then peel gourds and coat them with salt and keep aside for 30 minutes. Gather the peels (removed skin) in a plate to use them later. Also some salt in peels, mix and keep it aside.
  2. Wash the gourd and peels too. Soak it in water for one more time and strain again.Repeat the process. Remove excess water.
  3. Slit the gourds. Cut it vertically so that it remains joined at the bottom.
  4. To make stuffing, add 2 tsp oil in pan and heat sufficiently. When sufficiently hot, add cumin seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder into it. Now add peels of gourds and sauté for while. Sauté the peels for 2 minutes then mix spices into it like coriander powder, fennel powder, mango powder and red chilly powder. Keep the flame low.
  5. Turn off the flame and add salt and sugar as well. Mix all ingredients nicely. The stuffing is ready. Take it out in a separate bowl so that it cools down quickly.
  6. Add 1 or 1.5 tsp stuffing and press gently with spoon. Remove the excess stuffing. Likewise fill all the gourds.
  7. Preheat a pan and add oil to it. Make sure you use a pan with flat base. When oil is sufficiently hot , now place gourds in pan for cooking. Cover the gourds and cook for 3-4 minutes on low flame. Check after 4 minutes.
  8. After 4 minutes, Flip the sides as they have roasted from beneath. Cook until they turn slightly in color from all sides and turn bit tender. Cover and cook for another 3 minutes and flip the sides later. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Once 3 minutes are done, Flip sides then cover and cook again for 3 more minutes. Cook for 2 more minutes if you find the gourds a bit uncooked. Make sure you keep the flame low. The gourds are ready. Turn off the flame and take them out in a plate. Garnish with some green coriander.
Recipe by Indian Good Food at