Pyaaz Vaale Bharva Karele

Pyaaz vaale bharva karele

Pyaaz vaale bharva karele, ek katori dahi aur garam – garam parathe bana kar koi khila de…bas, itni choti si ichha poori ho jaaye!!! (bitter gourd stuffed with onions, one bowl of curd along with hot parathe… that is all I ask!) I love pyaaz vaale bharva karele a lot. The only problem is that in Bangalore we don’t get those small sized bitter gourds so easily. This week when I was storing my vegetable deliveries in the fridge, I was pleasantly surprised to see that those small sized bitter gourds were delivered. Usually, once I finish my cooking for the day, I don’t go into the kitchen to cook anything else. But seeing those small sized karela I started chopping the onions. I wanted stuffed bitter gourd for lunch!!

Preparation is not a time consuming process if you are not peeling bitter gourd. Many people peel them and smear with salt and keep it like that for an hour or so and later wash it and continue with the rest of the process. This way a lot of the bitter taste gets washed away and probably those who don’t want to eat karela, might find it interesting to give this method a try.

Peeled karela

But my mother never cooked karela by peeling them – so I am also used to cooking them this way. Moreover, as I don’t want all the nutrients to be washed away, I never peel them.

There is one more post in the blog on karelaΒ  Karele ki Sabzi (bitter gourd)

Some more stuffed vegetables recipes :

Stuffed Chilies(Bharva Hari

Stuffed Green Masala Brinjal

Stuffed brinjal/eggplant/aubergines (Bharva baigan)

Stuffed Capsicum (bharva shimla mirch)

Stuffed Brinjals/Eggplant/Aubergines


Small size bitter gourd 6
Medium sized onions 2Oil 4 tsp
Coriander powder 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Salt as per your taste
Coarsely grounded fennel seeds 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Dry mango powder 1+1/2 tsp
Oil 4 tbsp


Wash and cut bitter gourd vertically with a deep cut.

A vertical cut in bitter gourd

Chop onions fine.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan and sautΓ© chopped onions till they are transparent.

Add rest of the spices along with the remaining 2 tsp of oil.

Mix everything well and sautΓ© this onion masala for 5 minutes on sim heat.

Onion masala for karela is ready!

Switch off heat after five minutes and when masala cools down, fill it into all the bitter gourds.

Bharva karele is ready to be cooked

Add remaining 4 tbsp oil in the pan along with karela. Cover the pan and let bitter gourd cook on sim heat till they become tender from all sides. In between, keep on turning them upside – down for even cooking.

Serve them with hot parathas, rotis or as a side dish for rice.

Pyaaz Vaale Bharva karele is ready!


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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

63 thoughts on “Pyaaz vaale bharva karele

  1. I have no idea what bitter gourds taste like, but they surely look delicious! I will have a look at the other stuffed recipes, for example the eggplant, although we do not get small ones here.

    1. Honestly speaking bitter gourd tastes bitter, so it is ideal to cook it by peeling it for the first time to develop taste. Once you like it, you will like this nutritious vegetable in all variations. Big size green chillies tastes wonderful if you can find them.

      1. Bitter is usually very healthy … πŸ˜‰ … but we don’t get all those different vegetable here. The only gourd they had in the supermarket yesterday was butternut, which is very mild in taste. And no chilis at all, not even red ones, which they usually have. It is time we go to town again … πŸ˜‰

      2. I can understand for not getting a few different vegetables but chilli also..everything is affected by corona or in general also you don’t get green chillies..

      3. In Copenhagen you get everything, and most things in the next town, but in the countryside … we live in pork country, there are a lot of pig farmers, as far as a large variety of vegetables is concerned it is an underdeveloped area … πŸ˜‰

      4. That’s ok Stella.. If things are not bad around you, you can probably have a nice drive to buy vegetables and we will get wonderful picture of that drive in your postβ˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‰

    1. Suni, I guess If kids are used to of bitter gourd from the beginning, they like it but later if we introduce them, they might not develop a taste. And yes it is bitter and not so bitter both, depends on how you cook it. Raw mango powder, peeling it and smeared with salt helps a lot to reduce the bitterness.

      1. My daughter liked the bitter taste earlier but now she step backs a little and my son doesnt like it !! I will follow the tips, raw mango powder.. salt πŸ˜€
        Thank you very much Deeksha !! πŸ’Œ

  2. Very good recipe ma’am πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ. Sometimes the truth of life and bitter gourd are bitter, but they greatly benefit our health.😊 your work is incredible, ma’amπŸ™πŸŒ»πŸŽ†πŸ’

    1. Thanks a lot Parneet ☺️
      Very sorry for responding so late. Some ups and downs in life.
      I believe homemade white butter should be preserved only for garam-garam parathe. Nothing else can beat this wonderful combo!!!

  3. Dear Deeksha, another wonderful recipe for bitter melons! Bravo.
    I love bitter melons very much. The bitter melons in Taiwan is in white color, but we have some green ones sometimes.
    How are you? How is your family?

    1. Hi Oscar, didn’t know bitter gourd is known as bitter melons also! White coloured bitter melons, very interesting.
      We are doing fine. In the apartment people are constantly getting virus. Now two families are under quarantine. By God’s grace they are only Asymptomatic. I am not not at all stepping out of the house except to pick up my groceries and vegetables deliveries. Never imagined that life would be completely dependent on ‘online everything’.

      1. Dear Deeksha, this has changed everybody’s life… we never stayed indoor so much like we do this year. I am glad that you and family are fine. Let’s still keep careful… stay positive. The winter will be end…

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