Besan Stuffed Bitter Gourd

22 Sep

Kakarakaya Senagapindi Gutti Kura.

Bitter gourds are frequently stuffed or cooked with various spices to overcome their bitter taste. Here, besan is mixed with spices and spice powders and made into a loose mixture with oil. Bitter gourds are hollowed, salted and left for couple of hours to reduce their bitterness. Later, bitter gourds are stuffed with besan mixture and slow cooked till done.
Makes: 3 Besan Stuffed Bitter Gourd.


Bitter Gourd 3
Onion 1
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt 3 tsps
Oil 1 tbsp


Besan / Gram Flour 4 tbsps
Ajwain 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Lightly scrape, wash and make a vertical slit in the stomach of bitter gourd keeping its ends intact.
Remove and discard seeds, apply a tsp of salt all over and inside the bitter gourd.
Keep the salted bitter gourds aside for an hour or two.
Then, wash under running water and gently squeeze the bitter gourds to remove some of the bitterness.

Peel and finely chop onion.
Wash and roughly chop cilantro.

In a mixing bowl, add chopped onion, and all the stuffing ingredients.
Adjust any seasonings if required and mix everything well.
Stuff each bitter gourd with good amount of the prepared besan stuffing.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a nonstick pan on medium low heat, slowly place the stuffed bitter gourd in the pan.
Cook covered on all four sides for around 7 minutes each or until the sides turn golden brown.
Make sure to carefully turn the bitter gourd to uncooked side every 7 – 10 minutes.
Serve besan stuffed bitter gourd with plain steamed rice. Discard the ends of the bitter gourd while eating.
Notes:Choose small thin fat bitter gourds which aid in proper stuffing and frying.

Suggestions: If bitter gourd is not fried properly, put them back on heat, sprinkle few tbsps of water and cook them covered till done.
Variations: You can also vary the combination of spices added to besan mixture.
Other Names: Bharwan Karele, Besan Stuffed Bitter Gourd, Kakarakaya Senagapindi Gutti Kura.

3 Responses to “Besan Stuffed Bitter Gourd”

  1. neellavathi September 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    I tried the stuffed bitter gourd. First time, the gourd didnot cook well. what I did was, I dipped gourd in salted boiling water for three minutes, rinse and dry it. then stuffed it as you said. I cooked it.
    all in the family enjoyed the new version of bitter gourd. thanks to talimpu.

    • Raji September 29, 2009 at 9:59 am #

      @neellavathi they sure take a very good amount of time to cook. glad you tried and thx for leaving a comment.
      Salted bitter gourd tends to be softer than the normal bitter gourd. so I like frying them on low flame for longer period. But the way you made it sounds simple and it sure works. glad u njoyed.

  2. joginder kaur September 6, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    its avery good recipe.i will definite try but pl let me know what is cilantro.

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