Monday, February 7, 2011

RidgeGourd Soup


RidgeGourd-1/4 kg
soy sauce-2 tspn
cilantro-3 tspn

  1. Peel, remove ends, wash and chop ridge gourd into very small chunks .
  2. chop the onion and green chilly into small pieces.
  3. Pressure cook all the above for 3 whistles .
  4. then add salt,sugar(optional),soya sauce.
  5. Bring the above mixture to a light boil and remove from heat.
  6. serve it hot.
        Ridgegourd is the most tasteless vegetable to eat among children. But despite of the fact that it doesn't taste very good, it has many health benefits such as:
   Strengthens immune system: A glass of Ridge gourd juice mixed with other healthy vegetables in the morning can help to strengthen your immune system against any infection.

  A nutrition powerhouse: Ridge gourd is loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamin, iron and magnesium. It is also low in fat and calories.

  An ideal weight loss food: Being low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in dietary fiber, it becomes the ideal choice for anyone who wishes to lose some weight quickly. It also has a very high water content, making it a very low calorie vegetable (only 60 calories in 100 gm of cooked ridge gourd).

   Cure for jaundice: The juice prepared from ridge gourd is a natural remedy for jaundice. The juice can be prepared by pounding the bitter ridge gourd and squeezing it through a cloth. You can also eat powder made from bitter ridge gourd seeds and dry crusts when curing jaundice.

   Blood purifier: Because of its blood purifying properties, it helps to purify, restore and nourish liver protecting it from alcohol intoxication.

   Lowers blood sugar level: It contains insulin-like peptides, alkaloids and charantin, which help to lower blood and urine sugar levels without altering blood insulin levels.

   Good for stomach: Cellulose in ridge gourd helps to overcome constipation and also aids in curing piles.

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