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Bharvan is a Hindi word which means stuffed. Karela is one of the most bitter vegetables, yet it is very popular in India because of its medicinal values. In English karela is known as bitter gourd/bitter melon/ bitter squash. If you live outside India, Karela can be easily found in Indian store, Asian stores and sometimes in regular supermarkets too. You can even grow karela in your kitchen garden. Throughout India different delicacies are made out of this vegetable.
Bharwan karele is a very delicious and healthy stuffed vegetable preparation from North Indian. Karele are bitter in taste but I started eating this vegetable when I was very young. When we were growing up, my mother used to cook karele very often in summers when they were in season, so we developed the taste for this bitter vegetables. I know many people don’t like the bitterness of karela. In India, doctors say that karela and methi, the two bitter vegetables are good for diabetics as it keeps the blood sugar under control.
In Bharvan Karale, we have stuffed a blend of different spices. Saunf also known as fennel is a key ingredient in this preparation. Bharwan karele is an ideal vegetable to carry for travel as it can be kept outside the refrigerator for a week. Here is a recipe of Vaishnav (without onion and garlic) bharwan karele. Please try this recipe and do share your valuable comments. Happy cooking, Shuchi
Small karele would be ideal for stuffing
Karela is very popula in India. Throughout India different delicacies are made out of this vegetable. Today we will be making sweet and sour bitter gourd. It is an easy to make, quick, and healthy dish. You can serve khatta meetha karela with paratha or with dal chawal, it always taste good. Try this karela recipe and please do share your valuable comments..
Thoran is a special Keralite dry dish made from vegetables like cabbage, raw jackfruit, peas, bitter gourd etc. with grated coconuts. Thoran is a Malayali word. In North India these preparations are also known as Fugat. The very first time I came across the word Fugat, while I was exploring a cookbook ...