Bitter gourd is a very healthy vegetable and is considered as a therapeutic vegetable, used mainly in controlling diabetes and weight reduction in Ayurveda. I have come up with this recipe to utilise fresh produce from my terrace garden. We are a bitter gourd loving family and my daughters are very fond of gourd in any form. I usually make dry curry or tawa fry but I tried my hand at this salad and everyone loved this as a side dish with rice and yellow dal.
Bitter gourd – 2 to 3
Onion – 1 to 2 (chopped)
Green chillies – 3
Turmeric – ½ tsp.
Lemon – ½
Coriander leaves – 1 tbl sp (chopped)
Coconut Oil – 1 tbl sp.
-Wash bitter gourd, make bite size pieces, including outer skin and inner seeds. Chop green chillies and put together.
– Sprinkle some salt, turmeric and mix nicely and keep aside for 10 minutes.
-Take one tawa, put oil. When it is hot, put marinated bitter gourd and chilli pieces and fry in a low flame until it is crisp.
– Cool this mixture. Add chopped onion, some more salt, lemon juice and mix nicely and serve.
-It is very simple to make and tastes really great with hot rice and dal.
A low calorie Diet is very difficult to manage. You feel constantly hungry and can’t concentrate on your work. To attain fullness, we should think of adding millets in our diet as it is very nutritious, gives strength and increases immunity. It is low on starch, high on minerals and fibre.
This is a 3 spoon miracle filling diet. If you have this porridge in the morning, you will surely not feel hungry until your lunch.
Mixed millet flour – 1 spoon
Finger millet flour – 1 spoon
Oats – 1 spoon
Water – 1 ½ cups
Salt- ¼ teaspoon
Cardamom powder – ¼ teaspoon
Sugar free natura – 1 teaspoon
- Take one thick bottomed vessel, mix all the ingredients.
- Boil this mix by stirring in-between.
- While boiling, mixture becomes glossy, when it is done.
- Switch off the gas and serve.
- It is a very good breakfast option for weight loss or diabetic patients.
- Adjust the consistency by adding extra water if you want a runny texture.
Millet’s are tiny cereals, which are low in Carbohydrates and a very good source of Protein, fibre and Vitamins. This is a very tasty, easy to make, healthy one pot meal which makes a very light meal.
Saame rice/Foxtail millet – 1 cup (you can use normal rice as well)
Moong/green gram dhal – ½ cup
Spinach – 1bunch
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp.
Hing – ½ tsp
Ginger – 1” piece
Green chillies – 1 to 2 (slit)
Salt- to taste
Ghee – 1 to 2 tbl sp
Water – 4 to 6 cups
-Soak dhal and millet rice after washing, for 10 minutes.
-Wash and grind spinach into puree.
-Heat ½ table spoon of ghee in a pressure cooker.
-Add Cumin seeds, hing, green chillies and ginger and fry for a minute.
-Now add spinach puree, water, salt and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add soaked and drained dal and millet rice mixture.
-Check for salt and cook till 3 to 4 whistles.
-After the pressure releases, open the lid and pour in the remaining amount of ghee.
-Enjoy with any crispy side dishes or raita!!!