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Bitter Gourd or bitter melon also called Karela in Hindi, is a popular vegetable in India. Not many people like this veggie but I happen to love this veggie. In order to cook this veggie you need some cooking technique to minimize the bitterness and enjoy the vegetable. Usually I made simple stir fry with lots of onion. But this time I got some beautiful small bitter gourds. So, I thought of making this stuffed karela’s( my MIL’s recipe). I love all the dishes made by her.


  • 8-9 small bitter gourd
  • 1 big onion, grated
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2-inch of ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 green chill, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon pickle masala(I have used carrot & chilli pickle, mother’s recipe brand)
  • salt to taste


  • Wash and Scrap the rough edges of bitter gourd and keep aside.
  • Make a slit in the center on each gourd for stuffing and scoop out the hard seeds from inside, make sure not to slit all the way.
  • Sprinkle salt on the bitter gourd’s and to the peelings and let it sit for 1-2 hours. Then, wash and pat dry the bitter gourd’s. This process helps to remove bitterness from the bitter gourd. Squeeze out the excess moisture from the peeling.
  • And pound those scoop out hard seeds in pestle coarsely, mix it with gourd peeling, grated ginger and keep it aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon of mustard oil in skillet on medium heat. Wait for oil to heat before adding onion and asafoetida, sauté onions until translucent.Now add gourd peelings-seed mixture, turmeric powder, coriander powder, gram masala powder, red chilli  powder, green chill and salt to taste . Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture, cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes.Once the masala is properly cooked, add pickle masala and amchur powder and taste for seasoning. 
  • Add stuffing mixture to the bitter gourds and do not over-stuff.
  • Heat mustard oil in a wide skillet on medium heat.Once heated, shallow fry each gourds until golden on all the sides. Keep turning them gently so that they get cooked  evenly on all the sides. This whole process will take 25-30 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve hot with Dal and Rice. Enjoy!
  • If you are not using any pickle masala increase the amount of amchur powder or you can also add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Try to use small bitter gourds.
  • You can also tie the gourd’s with thread after stuffing or else take care while flipping to the sides. I didn’t tie my gourd’s.

Yesterday, when we were just sitting and thinking what to make for dinner or should we go out to eat. Then hubby dear suggested to make some aloo paratha. Hubby loves any kind of stuffed paratha especially aloo paratha. Paratha with some yogurt and pickle…ahh, sounds bliss to me too!

But then I didn’t wanted to make same plain stuffed paratha. Hence this idea came into my mind to use some mint leaves and cucumber. Cucumber, why?? I saw my dear friend adding grated cucumber to thalipeeth (will have that recipe for you soon) which I liked. So I kneaded the dough with this two ingredients. As this was my first attempt, adding mint leaves to the paratha, I wasn’t sure about the end result. But as soon as I made one paratha and give it my son and saw him eating I Knew it must be really good and then followed his comment, ‘yummy mama’. Incidently that is the only word he knows to say after having some food, well I will take it.. 🙂  . But really the parathas were so good that you can eat just as is without any pickle or yogurt on side.


  • 1 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated seedless cucumber
  • 2  1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds plus 1 more tablespoon for sprinkling
  • 2 green chillies( you can adjust according to your taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

For potato filling:

  • 1 medium Idaho potato
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • salt to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour with yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, green chilli, ginger, sesame seeds, turmeric powder, coriander powder and olive oil. Knead it into a soft dough by adding little water. Once done keep the dough aside covered for 30 minutes or so.
  • Meanwhile pressure cook potato, peel and mash the same.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat, add onions, garlic, green chillies. Cook for 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste and cook for another 1 minutes or until the raw smell of the spices disappears.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and mango powder to the masala and mix well and keep it aside.
  • Divide the dough into ball-sized portions and roll between your hands till they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Take this ball sized dough and make a small pouch to fill the stuffing and gently close the pouch by joining all the sides together.
  • Press this stuffed pouch in between your palms to flatten it,  and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and roll it into circle about 5-6 inch in diameter.
  • Heat the griddle and fry the paratha by glazing the oil on the surface of the paratha. Repeat this for the other side of paratha too.
  • The paratha is done when both the side is golden brown.
  • Serve  with yogurt and pickles of your choice.