gourd (melon) Kholambhu or Curry
and cancer Support)
Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd has
excellent anti-carcinogenic and immune boosting properties.
It is one of the best vegetables
to relieve sugar or insulin related problems when consumed regularly.
In most of the foods we eat, they
have a sweet tendency or taste. Our body requires all 6 different tastes:
sweet, salt, bitter, astringent, sour and pungent
We usually lack the bitter taste
and bitter melon can compensate that. Here is a South Indian bitter melon
curry recipe, which makes the vegetable preparation taste really
gourd - 300 gms or 10 oz (2~3 medium sized vegetable)
paste - 1 small lemon size
Pepper - 1 teaspoon
seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies- 4
– ¼ teaspoon or less as digestive aid (available in Asian Indian Stores
or online) Urad dal (Black gram without skin) - 1 teaspoon
leaves - 5~6 leaves
the bitter gourd to small thin pieces 1/4 inch
tamarind paste to bowl with 2~3 cups of water and set it on
curry leaves and salt to the tamarind water
the urad dal (black gram), black pepper, chillies, asafetida in 2~3
tablespoons of oil separately
them well to make a paste
the paste and cut bitter gourd pieces to the tamarind water
it boil in a pan for a few minutes and simmer for 10 minutes
1 teaspoon of sea salt or as required
The curry has a nice aroma with
bitter and sour taste and compliments well with steamed white rice.
Serve one tablespoon of the curry
and mix with steamed rice and relish to your health.