The bitter gourd is a very low calorie vegetable - it provides only 17 cal per 100g. The pods are rich in phytonutrients like dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
It is a blood purifier with the ability to prevent anaemia, stimulate hormone production, reduce arthritic aches, help better functioning of the urinary and digestive tracts.
The bitter gourd also plays a role in the prevention and treatment of Type I and Type II diabetes. The vegetable can be eaten raw in salads or as juice. It can be cooked in stews, soups, or stir-fried dishes. Try some of these mouth-watering recipes.
Wash and cube bitter gourd into small pieces (you can peel the bitter gourd if you wish)
Apply 1 tsp salt into the pieces and keep covered for at least one hour.
Then wash well with enough water to remove the bitterness.
Squeeze extra water from the pieces.
Heat oil in a pan, add fennel seeds.
When they start crackling, add turmeric powder and bitter gourd pieces and fry for 1 minute.
Cover with a lid and cook on a slow flame till done.
Keep stirring in between.
Add chilli powder, jaggery, tamarind pulp and 4 tbsp of water; mix well.
Cover and cook for 5 more minutes on slow heat till oil starta separating from the masala and the gravy becomes a little thick (it should not be too watery).