One of the predominant tastes and perhaps the most repulsed is bitter. The repulsiveness to bitterness happens as a mechanism to avoid poisonous substances by the body. Yet, among the bitter are also hidden some of the most powerful medicines too, like the bitter gourd.
A popular vegetable both for its bitterness and it’s medicinal value is bitter gourd, Mormodica charantia. It is a highly researched for its hypoglycemic effect, cancer properties and even for general health and well being.
The bitter gourd fruit can be juiced, boiled or fried. Rarely you would have seen this as a salad. Here is how I got this recipe.
This unique recipe was my paternal grandmother’s. This is perhaps the one recipe she relied on everyday to control her sugar levels to live a happy 90. Not often do I see her cook, not much have I savored her cooking. She had a keen eye for things she wants used to and could very well spot it and use with minimal processing. She is no more but her recipe has left a good feeling.
This recipe is almost done her way, minimally processed yet i have added a small twist to make it more palatable to us. I would agree too that this bitter gourd recipe took a while for all our palates to adapt to. Yet the kick from the chili , the tang from the lemon made it easier to adapt.
As we make life style adaptations to the border line diabetic among us such recipes have become integral to simple eating. With least effort it is a flavorful and filling vegetable salad portion on the plate. With a touch of yogurt the kids too have learnt to wind their tongue around this salad. This is how they like it.
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