Servings: 3

Weight Watcher Smart Points: 5

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes

Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 60 Minutes


  • 10-12 small karela/bitter gourd
  • few chopped coriander leaves for garnish - optional
  • 1 tsp fennel powder/saunf powder
  • ¼ tsp punjabi garam masala
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, finely sliced
  • ¾ tsp red chili powder
  • salt as required
  • ¾ tsp turmeric powder


  1. rinse and peel the karela.make a vertical cut on each karela keeping the base intact.remove the seeds and pith with your hands or scrape with a small spoon.mix all the dry spice powders with salt.stuff the spice powder mix in the karela.tie a thread tightly around each karela.heat the oil and fry the karela in the oil till they are browned and the same oil, add the sliced onions and fry them till they begin to brown.add the karela and saute till they the onions become crisp and golden.add the rest of the spice mix, if there is a left case if you have added less salt in the spice mix, you can add them now.while serving bharwan karela remove the thread and serve bharwan karela garnished with chopped coriander leaves.bharwan karela is best had with some rotis, phulkas or as a side vegetable dish with dal-rice.

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