Bittergourd, as the name suggests is bitter in taste but has enormous health benefits. It is also called as Pavakkai, Karela, Kakarakaya.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BITTERGOURD
Bittergourd is a great source of several nutrients.
It is rich in Vitamin C and fiber. It helps in weight reduction and to keep the blood sugar level under control.
Bittergourd reduces cholesterol level and it supports overall heart health. It also has cancer fighting properties.
Though it has high health benefits, it is avoided by many because of the bitter taste. Mostly children do not like them.
Cook it this way!! The spicy and tamarind based tangy taste will make everyone to eat it without any problem.
This recipe goes well with rice or chapathi.
- Bittergourd- 3 big ( I have removed the seeds and chopped them)
- Onion- 4 medium size
- Tomato- 3 big
- Garlic- 5 cloves (finely chopped)
- Green chillies- 3 to 4 (finely chopped)
- Curry leaves- 15
- Fenugreek seeds- 1 and a half tsp
- Cumin seeds- 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- Chilli powder with coriander powder mix- 2 tbsp ( use 1 more tbsp if you want it more spicy)
- Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
- Tamarind- 1 lemon sized
- Jaggery- 2 tbsp (optional).
There are many ways to make the bittergourd taste less bitter. One way is to clean the bittergourd well,remove the seeds, mix it with salt and keep it for 1 hour. It should be cleaned with water again before starting to cook.
- Removing the seeds makes it less bitter. But if you want it to be with seeds, it is also fine.
- Using sesame oil enriches the taste.