The common name for this plant is bitter gourd. The other regional names include pavakai (Tamil), Karela (Hindi), cerasee (Jamaica), and uchche (Bengali). Bitter melon (karela) is a tall-growing annual plant cultivated in Asia, Africa, South America, and India. The plant has lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and edible but bitter-tasting orange-yellow tropical fruit. The unripe fruit is green and cucumber-shaped with surface bumps. The fruit, leaves, seeds, seed oil, and roots are used.
Health Benefits Of Bitter Gourd
1.Helps In Loss Weight
Bitter gourd contains antioxidants that help to flush out your system. This improves your metabolism and digestive systems, thus helping you lose weight quickly. The two other major factors that aid in weight loss with bitter gourd are the calorie control and filling components.
Bitter gourd nutrition helps reduce the bad cholesterol levels which clog the arterial walls and thereby reduces the chances of heart attacks. Also, it is known to lower the blood sugar levels that help in maintaining a good heart health.
Health benefits of bitter gourd helps in easy digestion as it contains fiber properties. The food is digested and the waste is thrown out of the body which helps in curing indigestion and constipation problems.
Bitter gourd benefits in treating skin diseases or skin infections, eczema and psoriasis. The regular consumption of bitter gourd juice helps in improving psoriasis as well as other fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
5.Purifies The Blood
Bitter gourd is known to be one of the best natural blood purifiers. If its juice is taken sip-by-sip on an empty stomach, it purifies the blood and gives you a clear and glowing skin. It is the impure blood that causes darkening of skin, pimples and acne.
6.High Nutrient Content
It has potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, beta-carotene, and calcium along with dietary fibre. It has fewer amounts of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine. It also has zinc and manganese.
7.Boost Immune System
It helps strengthen the immunity and prevents indigestion and allergies. It has antioxidants that work as powerful defenders of our health and prevents free radical damage.
8.Lower Bad Cholesterol
It lowers the bad cholesterol in the body and helps to improve heart health. The rich potassium content helps absorb the sodium. The folic acid and iron improves the condition of the blood and prevents the incidence of stroke.
9.Healthy Liver And Kidney
You can cure the ulcers in the mouth and stomach by the use of Karela juice. Have one cup of the juice at least once a day before meals.
Homemade Yummy Recipe Of Bitter Gourd
This karela recipe is popular because the bitterness of karela is reduced to almost nil in this recipe and many other flavors are included. Try this karela recipe and you’ll start loving this vegetable like never before. Stuffed Karela is spicy, delightful, tangy, flavorful Indian recipe served as a side dish.
- Bitter Gourd 250 gms (4 medium sized ones)
- Onions – 4 chopped finely
- Fennel seeds – 2 Tbsp
- Cumin Seeds– 1 Tbsp
- Coriander seeds – 4 Tbsp
- Fenugreek seeds -1/4 Tsp
- Asafoetida – 1 pinch
- Amchur – 1 Tbsp
- Turmeric – 1/2 Tsp
- Red Chile powder – 1/2 Tsp
- Oil 4 Tbsp
- Peel the Bitter gourd, and slit it vertically. Rub ample salt all over and let it rest for about 20-25 mins. In the mean while chop the onions and get the masala going.
- Dry roast Fennel, coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds and grind them finely.
- In a pan, heat 1.5 Tbsp oil, add asafoetida, and chopped onions and fry till onions turn pink.
- As soon as the onions turn pink add to it the roasted and ground masala powder, Amchur powder, turmeric powder, red chile powder and salt. Sprinkle some water and fry for about 3 minutes on very low flame taking care not to burn the masala. Cool. This is your masala fillling.
- Wash the salted bitter gourd with water to remove all salt from it. The bitterness of the gourd will be much reduced by now.
- Carefully stuff the prepared masala filling in each bitter gourd through the slit and tie each of them with a thread.
- Heat the remaining oil and fry the masala stuffed bitter gourds for 3-4 min on very low flame till they are cooked.
- Remove the thread carefully before serve.