Gourds are great, they come in all shapes and sizes and they’re a storehouse of essential vitamins and minerals that are really important for your body. Scientifically known as Cucurbitaceae, they are one of the earliest cultivated plants and one of the most common sources of food for humans. The family of gourds is a big one and we’re about to meet everybody!
The diversity of Indian soil and climate, lets us enjoy a wide variety of gourds. The sub-continent is home to almost 11 different types of gourds, cucumber, ash gourd, bitter gourd, snake gourd, bottle gourd, Ivy gourd are some of the popular ones. The common characteristic of gourds is their low calorie and high water content which makes them the perfect addition to a diet aimed towards weight loss. Adding gourds to your daily diet has numerous benefits like immunity boosting, it helps reduce inflammation, helps control diabetes, improves eyesight and promotes healthy digestion.
Chug down a bottle of gourd juice and shed some weight and keep your heart healthy, bitter gourds are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants which makes it a superfood! Our salads are incomplete without cucumbers, Ash gourds help in maintaining healthy body weight, detoxify your kidneys with the help of snake gourds. Thank Gourdness, gourds are here to help us lead a healthy lifestyle. You can shop for safe-to-eat and pesticide-free gourds here at Farmers Fresh Zone https://www.farmersfz.com/vegetables
Here’s a Bitter gourd subzi recipe for you, treat yourself with a bitter surprise! Use only the best ingredients in your cooking, get safe-to-eat and pesticide-free bitter gourds here, https://www.farmersfz.com/home/details/10
You will need:
- Bitter gourd (De-seeded and finely sliced).
- Turmeric powder.
- Mustard seeds.
- Garam Masala powder.
- Dry mango powder, Black salt, or Chaat masala.
- Chili powder.
- Oil and sale to taste.
Make sure you soak the sliced bitter gourds with some salt and water in a bowl, for atleast 20 minutes. Drain the water completely and then proceed to cooking with the gourds.
1. Heat some oil in a pan, once the oil starts smoking add a tbsp of mustard seeds and let it crackle.
2. Add the bitter gourd, with salt as per your preference, fry it on a high flame for a minute or two, and then cook it on a low flame for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
3. In a separate bowl add a tbsp each of turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala, chaat masala/ black salt or amchur powder and a tbsp of water. Add this mixture to the pan. (You can add seasonings according to your preference)
4. Mix everything together on a high flame, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on a low flame and stir occasionally.
5. Your spicy Bitter Gourd subzi is ready!