Moong Dal Stuffed Karela | Stuffed Bitter gourd
Stuffed Bitter Gourd | Bharwa Karela – It is a bitter gourd recipe in which bitter gourds are stuffed with spicy moong dal and then cooked with onions and spices.
Servings Prep Time
3people 15mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20mins 5-10mins
Servings Prep Time
3people 15mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20mins 5-10mins
For Karela
Recipe Notes

Method for Moong Dal Stuffed Karela –

  • Wash and soak moong dal for half an hour.

  • Parboil the moong dal. Strain and keep it aside.

  • Peel the rough edges of karela. Make vertical cuts on the bitter gourds. 

  • Scrape the inner side of karela and remove pith and seeds with your fingers or spoon. Keep the seeds and pith aside.  (if you want you can skip using seeds)
  • Add seeds, red chilli powder, cumin seeds, salt and pith in the moong dal. 

  • Rub the outer skin of karela with salt. Keep it aside. (this step helps in reducing the bitter taste of karela.)
  • In a pan, heat oil. 

  • Start frying bitter gourds from all the sides till golden brown. 

  • Remove and let it cool. 

  • Next, start filling moong dal stuffing in the fried bitter gourds. 

  • To keep the stuffing inside the karela, you can either tie it with a thread from all the sides or can use a toothpick.  

  • Now, heat more oil in the pan. Saute chopped onion till translucent.

  • Add crushed ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chillies. Fry till the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste fades away.

  • Next, add all the dry spices. Cook for few minutes. 

  • Lastly, add stuffed karela and remaining moong dal stuffing in the pan. 

  • Cover and cook till karela and dal are perfectly cooked.


  • Moong Dal Stuffed Karela is ready!