By: Ms Apeksha Ekbote, Msc, RD, Chief Dietitian, NephroPlus

A Punjabi delicacy which can be eaten as a side dish or with rotis

Portions – 6

Serving Size - 1


  • Karelas/Bitter gourd-6 (1 karela approx.70gms)
  • Salt-1/4tsp or as per dieticians advice
  • For The masala – ½ tsp. Turmeric powder, ½ tsp. ginger powder,1tbsp coriander powder, ½ tsp. chilli powder, a pinch of hing or asafoetida, 1tsp roasted fennel seed coarsely powdered,1/2 tsp. roasted fenugreek seed coarsely powdered
  • Refined oil 1-2 tbsp.


  • Scrape off the rough surface of the bitter gourd, slit length wise on one side, rub over with salt and keep aside for about 30 minutes
  • Squeeze the bitter gourd to remove the bitter juice and scoop out the hard seeds
  • Stuff the filling firmly in the karelas
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add the karela and cook on high flame on both sides for some time. After few minutes, cover and cook on low flame till cooked completely and browned well from all sides.


Calories 56.6 Kcal
Protein 1.4 gm
Sodium 137.6
Potassium 256.2 mg
Phosphorus 33.6 mg