Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Pavakka/Kakarakaya/Karela Masala)

Lately I have been making a lot of recipes from Bitter Gourd. I am always trying to make something new and I stumbled upon one such cool recipe from Malar Gandhi's blog. I followed her recipe 90%. I could not follow it to the T due to taste preferences. You must visit her blog, she has truly a nice space. You can either get the recipe from here or from her blog, Here. (P.S: I am getting an internal error while pasting the link, will try again later)
My husband and I loved the taste and I cant wait to make this another time. Do try this and let me know.
Bitter Gourd/Kakarakaya: 4, small
Tomatoes: 2, small chopped
Onions: 2 small chopped
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder: 1 tsp
Salt: according to taste
Turmeric powder: 1/4 powder
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Cumin Powder: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 string
Oil: 2-3 tbsp

  • Wash the bitter gourd thoroughly and trim the edges. Now make a vertical opening with a sharp knife, keeping the edges intact. Basically, enough slit/opening to be able to remove the seeds and stuff the stuffing. With the back of the spoon remove the seeds and pulp, making sure to keep the edges intact.
  • Steam the bitter gourd for 10 mins. (Alternatively, you can also skip this step. I personally have steamed this to soften the veggie). 
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by chopped onions. 
  • When the onions are fried, add the ginger garlic paste and try for a few more seconds. 
  • Now add the tomatoes and cover and cook until tomatoes are cooked. 
  • Now add all the mentioned powders, including salt and stir. Remove from heat. 
  • Now stuff this tomato curry into the bitter gourd, one by one. Do not worry if you are unable to stuff more than 2 or 3 tbsp per one bitter gourd. You will still have some left over curry. Leave this aside for the moment.
  • Heat another pan and add 2 tbsp oil. Now carefully lower each bitter gourd and gently fry one side at a time taking care not to burn it.Try not to let the stuffing come out. Some of it will come out anyway.
  • Once the bitter gourd is completely cooked on all sides, add the remaining left over curry into this and stir gently.
Serve this hot with rice or roti.

Note: Other recipes for bitter gourd are:
1. Pvakkai Kuzhambu
2. Pavakkai Fry


  1. stuffed bitter gourd is my all time favorite. Love to have it with parantha. Love the way you have prepared. I'll definitely try it.

  2. I love bittergourd..thanx for sharing the recipe dear.

  3. Biter gourd is considered to be one of the healthiest veg and your preparation looks delicious..

    Sunanda's Kitchen

  4. healthy and yummy dish :)
    thX for posting :)

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    Coffe With Me Deepthi

  5. i love this very much and cook oftenly here veg is looking spicy and tasty

  6. Stuffed bittergourds are always welcome at my home,simply makes me drool..

  7. Wow, looks fantastic. Very nice recipe, new to me though.

  8. Bitter Gourd masala is so nutritious and prevents many ailments. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. I love this ..we make in a very different method though ...

  10. Dear Madhu,

    Thanks for trying my recipe, means a lot to me. Hope you guys enjoyed it...stuffed bitter gourd is always a hit.

    The thing is, google server crashed couple of weeks ago' ever since, I have trouble publishing and to give comments! It is not completely fixed at my end, so...that is the reason for internal server error.

    Hope they resolve everything back to normal,soon. I will let you know...


  11. Sounds Healthy!! I have never tried stuffed bitter gourd; now I am curious!

  12. Never tried this one...want to give it a try...for sure...

  13. Never tried stuffed gourds before.. These look yummy !!

  14. very nice space of yours.....

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