How to make Karele Ki Kalonji - Bitter gourds stuffed with paneer, potatoes and other spices and deep-fried make a delicious side dish

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Main Ingredients : Bitter gourds, Paneer (पनीर)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Karele Ki Kalonji Recipe Card

Karele Ki Kalonji

History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

For more recipes related to Karele Ki Kalonji checkout Karele ki Sabzi, Karela Kaju Kishmish. You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Methi Baingan Masala, Saloni, Aloo Rassedaar, Peas and Raw Banana Subzi.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Karele Ki Kalonji Recipe

  • Bitter gourds 6-8 small

  • Paneer to taste

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 tablespoon

  • Garlic 3-4 cloves

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 2 teaspoons

  • Potato,grated 1 large

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) grated 1/2 cup

  • Amchur powder 2 teaspoons

  • Yogurt 1/4 cup

  • Asafoetida a pinch


Step 1

Scrape, slit and remove seeds of bitter gourds. Apply salt and keep it aside for half an hour. Squeeze out water and keep them aside. Heat two tablespoons of oil in kadai add mustard seed and let them crackle. Add garlic and sauté till light golden. Reduce heat and add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and fennel powder. Stir well. Add potato, paneer and salt.

Step 2

Stir well, cover and cook for two to three minutes. Remove lid add amchoor powder, yogurt and asafoetida. Stir and remove from heat and keep it aide to cool. Stuff mixture of potato and paneer into the bitter gourds and tie them up with strings.

Step 3

Heat oil in kadai, add stuffed bitter gourds and cook on low heat of ten to fifteen minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve hot.