Bharli Karli By Pankaj Bhadouria

Bharli Karli

Maharashtrian cuisine is a potpourri of various spices and flavours. Chef Pankaj Bhadouria shares the recipe for Bharli Karli, an amazingly tasty Maharashtrian dish. This bitter gourd is stuffed with fragrant and flavourful masalas.
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Cooking Time

18-20 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

8-10 Min



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  • 5 - 6 bitter gourds
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 4 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • asafoetida
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • pink salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp roasted & crushed peanuts
  • 2 tbsp desi ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds


  1. 1

    Scrape the skin of the bitter gourd. Scoop out the inner part of bitter gourd and make it hollow. Soak it in the salted water for 30 minutes.
  2. 2

    In a blender jar, add grated coconut, dry red chillies, jaggery, a pinch of asafoetida, ginger, tamarind pulp, pink salt as per taste and grind it.
  3. 3

    Add water as required and prepare a smooth paste. Remove the paste in a bowl. Add roasted and crushed peanuts and mix it well.
  4. 4

    Stuff the bitter gourd with the filling. In a heated pan, add desi ghee and cook the bitter gourd in it.
  5. 5

    For tadka, add desi ghee in a pan and let it warm. Add a pinch of asafoetida, mustard seeds and let it splutter. Pour the tadka over the bitter gourd and serve.

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