Besan Stuffed Karela | Besan Bharwa Karela besan-stuffed-karela
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
  • Bitter Gourd - 250 gms
  • Gram flour - 4 tbsp (¼ cup )
  • Mustard oil- 4- 5 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1 pinch
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Coriander - 2 tsp
  • Fennel powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder- ¼ tsp
  • Mango powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt - 2 tsp or to taste
  1. Take 250 gms bitter gourds and wash them. Cut, peel and chop the gourds. Remove the stalk from both ends and rub the knife to scrap the skin. slit in the center keeping it joined at the back. Cut the gourd like this and remove off the seeds and pith from it.
  2. Take 2 tsp salt and use ½ tsp salt from it. Apply some salt inside and outside the gourds. Likewise rub salt on the rest of the gourds as well. Keep the salt coated gourds aside for half an hour.Take the scrap and pith in a separate bowl and add ¼ tsp salt to it and mix. Keep aside the scraps as well and after half an hour wash them and cook.
  3. Wash the gourds nicely to remove the salt. Squeeze off the water from the gourds and place them in a plate. Wash the salt coated gourd scrap and pith as well. Sieve it with a strainer.
  4. To prepare stuffing preheat a pan and add 2 tbsp oil to it. Once sufficiently hot, add 1 tsp cumin seeds. After sautéing for a while add 1 pinch asafoetida, 1 tsp turmeric powder and ¼ cup (4 tbsp) gram flour to it. Roast until it changes in color.
  5. Once roasted and ready, add the washed scrap and pith into it followed by the spices.Add 2 tsp coriander powder, 2 tsp fennel powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp mango powder, ¼ tsp red chilly powder and sauté the spices for a while. Also add 1 tsp salt as well. Mix well. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool.
  6. Once the mixture is cool open the gourd and stuff it with the mixture. Press gently and close nicely. Stuff all the gourds likewise.
  7. To fry the stuffed gourds, pre heat a pan, add 3 to 4 tbsp mustard oil into it. Place the gourds in oil for cooking. Make sure place the gourds in upright position in the wok.Reduce the flame, cover and cook for 5 minutes, then check later.
  8. minutes are over, Flip the sides of gourds and cook from all sides until they get brown in color.Check the gourds after every 3 to 4 minutes and roast from all sides. Gourds are roasted from all sides. Place them out in a plate.
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