21 May, 2009

Fried Bitter Gourd With Prawn & Eggs

Bitter Melon = Balsam Pear = Bitter Cucumber = Bitter gourd = Ampalaya = Chinese Bitter Melon = Koo Qua = Karela

I'm not a Bitter Gourd lover since a little girl, mainly because it taste bitter but I promised myself from now on I will try to take it at least once a week. This is because bitter gourd has healthy virtues!

This bitter vegetable is believed to have medicinal properties and is widely used throughout Asia. Here are some of the health benefits that I found online.

Blood disorders:
Bitter gourd juice is highly beneficial for treating blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to toxemia. Mix 2 ounces of fresh bitter gourd juice with some lime juice. Sip it slowly on an empty stomach daily for between four and six months and see improvement in your condition.

In early stages of cholera, take two teaspoonfuls juice of bitter gourd leaves, mix with two teaspoonfuls of white onion juice and one teaspoonful lime juice. Sip this concoction daily till you get well.

Diabetes mellitus:
Bitter melon contains a hypoglycemic compound (a plant insulin) that is highly beneficial in lowering sugar levels in blood and urine. Bitter melon juice has been shown to significantly improve glucose tolerance without increasing blood insulin levels.

Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice has been proven to improve energy and stamina level. Even sleeping patterns have been shown to be improved/stabilized.

Eye problems:
The high beta-carotene and other properties in bitter gourd makes it one of the finest vegetable-fruit that help alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight.

Bitter melon juice may be beneficial in the treatment of a hangover for its alcohol intoxication properties. It also help cleanse and repair and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption.

Immune booster:
This bitter juice can also help to build your immune system and increase your body's resistance against infection.

Regular consumption of this bitter juice has also been known to improve psoriasis condition and other fungal infections like ring-worm and athletes feet.

Respiratory disorders:
Take two ounces of fresh bitter melon juice and mix with a cup of honey diluted in water. Drink daily to improve asthma, bronchitis and pharyngitis.

Bitter gourd contains beneficial properties that cleanses the blood from toxins. Sip two teaspoonfuls of the juice daily to help cleanse the liver. Also helpful in ridding jaundice for the same reasons.

Remarks: Pregnant women should avoid taking too much bitter gourd or its juice as it may stimulate the uterus that may lead to preterm labor.

Now is the time to cook!

As a beginner for this dish, I choose the simpliest method and maybe you will like it too :)

Slice the bitter gourd lengthwise, scrape and scoop out the inner white pulp. Leave the outer green parts. And then, cut the bitter gourd into thin slices.
Rub salt all over the cut up bitter gourd slices for minimum 10 minutes to remove the bitter taste. Rinse the salt off.

Crack egg in a small bowl and add some milk into it and set aside.

Heat the wok with cooking oil. Add in chopped garlic and fry it until golden brown.
Add in prawn.

Add in soy sauce to taste and fry until the prawn cooked.

Add in bitter gourd and stir fry for a while.

Lastly pour the eggs mixture into the wok and frythe eggs until cooked.

Ready to serve! Do enjoy!

I wished you will like this simple way of cooking.

Do share with me your bitter gourd recipes if you have any, I would love to learn more cooking varieties for this dish.

1 comment:

Ian Low said...

i would recommend you cook the bitter gourd first until its soft before adding the prawns as the shrimp will overcook

prawns need less than a minute to cook unless its large ones