If you want to make it quicker then just boil the karela for few minutes in water with salt and a little sugar added.This is a traditional and authentic bharwa karela recipe from Uttar Pradesh.We follow this same recipe from generations in my community and my household. Addition of raw mangoes and fennel powder make it delicious, different and special. Try this and you will surely love it.
The main taste comes from the addition of fennel and raw mango, if you don’t have raw mango then you can substitute it with mango powder or thick tamarind paste. The stuffed karela should be cooked in a heavy bottom broad pan on slow flame and don’t stir it too much, just gently flip the sides 2-3 times. No need to tie karela with thread.