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Remembering my granny and Channa Dal Stuffed Karelas

The channa dal stuffed karelas are a labour of love, but trust me, this is one recipe which will make even a I-do-not-like-Karela person into a Oh-but-this-is-a-great-way-to-eat-them person :)
Course Main Course
Cuisine north indian, punjabi


  • 1 cup channa dal boiled and drained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 mango raw grated
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp haldi powder
  • to taste salt


  • Wash and peel the karelas, make a middle slit and deseed the karela. Repeat for all, sprinkle some salt on them and keep aside for sometime.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling. In a pan heat oil, add jeera seeds and after they brown add all dry spices and roast for a minute or two.
  • Add onion and fry till soft.
  • Add the grated raw mango and boiled channa dal.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes till all the stuffing is a little roasted and well mixed.
  • Let it cool a bit, till you can handle it for filling.
  • Now take a deseeded karela and add about 1 to 3 tsp of filling depending on the size of your karela (the smaller the karela, the better it works). It needs to be stuffed well, now take a thread and wrap it around the karela as shown in the above picture.
  • Repeat the same for all karelas.
  • Heat the 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the karelas till they are nice and brown and fully done.
  • Serve with hot roti and dal, the punjabi dhabha walli dal works very very well with karelas.


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