Plain Karela Stuffed

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 8
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 8 - medium sized karelas
  • 4-5 - medium sized onions
  • 1 tsp - cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp -turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp - cumin-coriander powder
  • 1 tsp - dry mango powder(Amchur)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4-5 tsp - cooking oil

How to Make Plain Karela Stuffed

  • Slightly smoothen the covering of the karelas by using a scraper to take out the ridges and its dark green skin.
  • Don't scrape too heavily.
  • Now slit open the karelas from the sides and deseed them.
  • Do not throw the seeds.
  • Place the karelas in a steamer and steam them for about 15 minutes. Be careful not to oversteam the karelas else they will become too fragile to be stuffed.
  • In the meanwhile, grind the five onions and the karela seeds in a food processor.
  • In a shallow wok, add 2-3 tsp oil.
  • After oil gets heated, add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  • Now add the ground onions.
  • Saute for a long time till the onion starts turning golden in color.
  • Now add rest of the ingredients and continue to saute till it becomes dark brown in color.
  • The masala is now ready.
  • After the karela and masala are cooled, stuff the karelas with the masala.
  • Heat a griddle.
  • Add 1-2 tsp of oil.
  • Now place the karelas on the hot griddle and allow it to become reddish brown on all sides on slow flame.
  • Serve with hot chappatis.