I’m quite proud of myself today. I made a Karela curry for the first time in years using a totally different method than I usually would. I grated it with onions, garlic, potatoes and spices – turmeric, cumin, ajowain, Curry leaves, masala etc.
For those of you who don’t know, the karela or bitter gourd or bitter melon (and yes it is bitter!) is a wonderful vegetable with many health benefits:
- Bitter gourd has been associated with lowering sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes.
- Bitter gourd is said to be helpful in fighting against cancer and a number of infections.
- Bitter gourd has been known to provide relief from constipation and is also effective in the treatment of psoriasis.
- Bitter gourd helps in improving circulation and in turn, generates slimming effects on the body.
- Regular consumption of bitter gourd has been associated with prevention as well as treatment of hypertension.
- Bitter gourd is believed to be helpful in preventing eye complications, apart from treating neuritis.
- The juice of the leaf of bitter gourd plant has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism.
- The essential vitamins and minerals present in bitter gourd help in treating defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
- The bitter tonic properties of bitter gourd have made it effective as a blood purifier.
- Fresh juice of bitter gourd is good for patients suffering from piles.
I hated them as a kid but kind of like them now.
By they way if you are really good, you can always juice them and drink the liquid. Its really hard to do but you can get used to it. I have done it a few times. You need something sweet next to you so you can have that straight after. It is bitter!