Karela Paratha / Bitter Gourd Stuffed Paratha / Bitter Melon Stuffed Flat Bread

Karela Paratha / Bitter Gourd Stuffed Paratha / Bitter Melon Stuffed Flat Bread

Pavakkai Paratha

Are you a bitter melon hater? Well, maybe its time to re-consider including it in your diet. As more and more research keeps pointing out that ‘bitter tasting gourds’ does help to keep the blood glucose level low (I mean it will be highly appreciated by type-2 diabetes patients). I would like to share few tips to retain the essential vitamins fresh and at the same time, to put the bitterness at bay. Rinse the vegetable in sour butter milk several times. Include either lemon juice or tamarind while preparing curry out of it. And increase your spices in proportion, which will counter the bitterness’ also enhances the flavor…balances the taste. When you scrape away the ridges and remove the seeds for ‘Stuffed Karela‘, please do not discard the scrap. As you might be already aware of the fact that the seeds and peels are loaded with goodness. I make Sambar out of the scrap sometimes or use them to stuff the gourd/parathas. Works well. So here you go


Wheat flour 1 bowl
Cooking soda 1/4 spoon
Warm water 1 cup
Ghee/clear butter

Dough preparation:

In a wide bowl, bring wheat flour. Add salt and soda. Further add warm water and knead this to smooth dough. Add ghee as a finishing touch.


Bitter Gourd (de seed) and grated
Mashed potatoes 1 small cup(for texture)
Garam masala powder 1/4 spoon
Cumin powder 1 spoon
Chili powder 1/2 spoon
Coriander powder 1 spoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Green chili 2-3 finely chopped
Onions finely chopped 1 cup
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Coriander leaves 1 cup finely chopped
Dry wheat flour and ghee for making parathas.

Masala preparation:

Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds.

Add green chilies, onions and ginger -garlic paste. Fry till fragrant. Add salt, turmeric, chili, coriander, garam masala and cumin seeds powders.

Now add grated vegetable and mashed potatoes to the above masala, continue cooking…maybe till the vegetable is done.

Paratha Preparation:

Divide the dough into equal parts. Roll them into thin flat breads. Place a table spoon of filling, place an other chappathi over it…seal the edges. Repeat the same for the remaining dough.

Now toss them onto heated griddle, smear oil and cook both the sides.

Serve hot with punjabi gravy.


17 Responses so far.

  1. Paaka Shaale says:

    I had never heard of Karela paratha. It looks just yum Would love to try this :)

  2. Dear malar
    How are you?
    Karela dish is always there every day at my lunch or dinner (including boiled Karela, better than sprout moong dal :-) ha ha )

    I cant wait to make this paratha. I have never used garam masala in Karela, a must try tomorrow.
    I note that you have used Sodi-bicarb…Hummm thats a great idea for the paratha. I will surprise my wife..and use it in all stuffed parathas.
    I understand you love Karela…pl try Chicken Karela Kebabs…the recipe is there at my blog (within 1st 3 postings). I learnt it from a Pakistani lady who was there in our appt complex when I was in Kuwait, simply awesome for Karela lovers.
    Of course I have tried the Karela Kebab with fish, mutton , beef ..Very good
    I am off blog ( but cooking) these days..But cant stop reading great recipes.
    Have a nice week

  3. Malar,

    Will def try tis out i dont like this veggie but it shd be included in our diet..thanks for sharing..awesome..

  4. The Foodie says:

    WOW malar this is such a innovative paratha..I would love to make this for my DH, who is a karela lover.

  5. Very innovative idea dear..looks wonderful.

  6. ila says:

    wow amazing.. first time n ur space… wonderful recipe :) healthy paratha…. happy to follow u :)

  7. Chitra says:

    wow.. gr8 it doesn’t taste bitter :) Looks too good :)

  8. Priya says:

    Bittergourd stuffed paratha,thats truly inviting..

  9. Malar this looks so good, very innovative recipe.

  10. divya says:

    Wow this looks healthy and delicious…..very innovative paratha…

  11. Jisha Dil says:

    healthy and delicious parathas…awesome!!

  12. wow, so very unusual paratha. Amazing thinking dear.

  13. SheenaBabu says:

    very innovative and healthy recipe

  14. Soumya..... says:

    I guess this would be a betetr way to make myself eat bitter guards, loved the conbos with potatos, and the parathas look too soft!Thanks for such a lovely recipe

  15. Mythreyi says:

    First of all Nice to meet you. Very Nice and Good Idea to Sneak that Karela for Kiddos as well. Usually I love Karela and so does hubby. Never tried it on Kiddos, this recipe gives me initiative for that. Thanks for
    sharing the idea and recipe.

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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