Monday, October 27, 2014

Bitter gourd stuffed with mango / Stuffed Karela / Stuffed Pavakkai

Stuffed bitter gourd

Bitter gourd also known as Bitter melon or karela / Pavakkai (in India) has many health benefits. It helps in purifying the blood and it is used as a medicine for diabetes( lowers blood glucose level), ulcer and respiratory, skin diseases. This vegetable is very popular mainly in Asian countries.

From its name, you can know that this vegetable tastes bitter. So it is very difficult to add to our diet. However, we have to add in our diet once in a while because of its health benefits. This bitter gourd recipe has mango stuffing which actually reduces the bitter taste. Peeling of the sharp edges of its skin, soaking the bitter gourd in tamarind water for sometime also helps in reducing the bitter taste to some extent. So those who don't like bitter gourd but wants to add to their diet can try making this recipe. I am sure, you will like this stuffed bitter gourd and won't say no to bitter gourd anymore :)

This bitter gourd recipe can be served as a side dish for rice and any dal / lentils gravy. Enjoy making this bitter gourd recipe at your home and share your feedback in the comments section below.


Bitter gourd (medium size) - 3
grated raw mango - 1 cup [ 1 cup size = 150 ml ]
salt - as needed
asafoetida - a pinch
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
red chili powder - 1 tsp
oil - 3 - 4 tsp


  • peel off the sharp edges of bitter gourd skin and make a slit lengthwise (Don't cut into half, see the picture below) and  remove the seeds inside
  • apply little bit of salt inside and keep it aside. (You can also soak this slit bitter gourd in tamarind water to reduce the bitter taste even more, but I didn't do this step as I like its bitter taste)
  • add salt, turmeric powder, asafoetida and red chili powder to the grated mango and mix well. 
  • fill this mixture inside bitter gourd
  • heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and then add this stuffed bitter gourd
  • cook covered until the bitter gourd is completely cooked
  • turn the stuffed bitter gourd often for even cooking on all sides. 
  • once the bitter gourd is cooked properly, the outer cover will become dark in color. Don't worry about its color, believe me it tastes good. 
  • Serve hot with white rice and dal tadka

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