Crispy Bitter Gourd Snack is a delicious, crispy and healthy product that is enjoyed by Malaysians currently. Snacking on healthy products have become an important and integral part of Malaysian’s daily diet. This healthy snack provides energy in the middle of the day when your hunger pangs call. Eating this healthy snack between meals can also decrease your hunger and keep you from overeating at meal time.
About Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd or bitter melon is primarily found in tropical and sub-tropical regions across the globe. It belongs to the cucurbits or the gourd family that includes watermelons, cucumbers and a variety of squash and gourds. It is mostly cultivated across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean islands.
Unfortunately, bitter gourd is one of the most underrated vegetables across the globe. Owing to its sharp bitter flavour, it ranks very low on the popularity charts. However, bitter gourd is widely used in Asian countries in their cooking.
Tips and Tricks To Cook Perfect Bitter Gourd:
An important point to keep in mind while cooking with the Bitter Gourd is to ensure that one tones down the bitterness in it. Interestingly, bitter gourd, when treated the right way, can make way for some of the most delectable preparations. Different people have different ways to tame the bitterness quotient of Bitter Gourd. One such thing is that to include a bit of jaggery (raw sugar) at the final stage of cooking. Teaming it with other vegetables like onions, potatoes, tomatoes can also help in bringing down the bitterness. Some other tips are :
- Scrape the veggie properly
- Remove all the seeds, especially the big ones
- Wash properly, cut and marinate with salt and leave aside for at least half an hour
- Squeeze the juice out
- Wash properly ensuring the removal of excess salt
- You can also boil cut pieces in a solution of water and lemon
- Soaking the veggie in tamarind juice for at least half an hour before cooking can also help
Once the excess bitterness is done away with, cooking with this vegetable becomes easy. Its complex flavour when teamed with aromatic spices and other veggies can make you fall in love with it.
Not only this, bitter gourd consumption is also great for your health and promises the following:
- Is good for the stomach and bowel-related ailments such as gastro-intestinal infection, intestinal worms, ulcerative colitis, constipation and so on.
- Is also known to be good for the skin.
- Is enriched with Vitamin A, C, E, K, thiamine, beta carotene, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc and folate.
- It is low in fat and calories. Every 100 grams has close to 0.18 grams of fat and serves you with 20 calories.
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