You know how healthy is bitter gourd for diabetic people. It is one of the best food which reduces sugar level in blood. I try to include bitter gourd in our diet atleast once a week. Mostly i cook them, i make them into pitlai, fry or curries. I have never thought of making a raw juice out of it, since it is very very bitter. But recently i came across this recipe and really liked it. So i decided to try it immediately for my MIL who is a diabetic patient.
This juice has apple, ginger, lemon juice and a green chilli in it. It also has a touch of salt added into it which actually reduces the bitter level and makes it more appetizing. I added a green apple, the tartness of that apple paired beautifully with the bittergourd. You can use normal red apples as well.
Bitter gourd has so many health benefits in them, i am listing somethem which i refered through google search..
1)High in Fiber
2)Twice Potassium than Banana
5)Helps in Losing Weight
6)Strengthens Immune Sysytem
7)High in Beta Carotines, helps in solving eye problems
8)Anti Cancer Properties
9)Helps Curing Cholera
Here is few caution for you
1)Don't consume more than two bitter gourd a day, it may cause mild abdominal pain or diarrhea
2)Pregnant women aviod taking too much bitter gourd, because it may lead to preterm labor.
I hope you will try this out and let me know how it turns out for you..
Preparation Time : 20 mins
Serves : 2 to 3
Bitter Gourd / Pavakkai - 1 large
Green Apple / Red Apple - 1
Ginger - 2 cm piece peeled and chopped
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn or to taste
Salt or Black Salt - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli or Black Pepper - 1 small chopped
Cold Water as needed
Take bitter gourd and wash it well. Cut them in half, scoop out the seeds. Chop it into small pieces.
Take this in a bowl, add in 1 tsp of salt over this and mix really well with your hands. Set this aside for 10 to 15 mins.
Now chop a apple, remove the seeds and set aside.
Now take the bitter gourd and squeeze it in your hands, the juices will come out, discard it.
Take the squeezed bitter gourd in a blender, add in green apple, chilli, ginger and puree smoothly adding some water.
Strain this, add in lemon juice and salt. Mix well.
Add more water if too thick.
Pour it into glasses and serve cold.
|Take all your ingredients|
|Take a bitter gourd|
|cut the top and bottom|
|cut it in half|
|slice it lengthwise|
|scopp the seeds out|
|cut it into small pieces|
|now take it in a bowl|
|add in a tsp of salt|
|use your hands to rub it really well, this will soften |
|now leave this for 10 to 15 mins|
|Meanwhile prepare the apples.. i used green apple, |
you can use normal red apples too
|cut it half|
|now in quarters|
|remove the seeds|
|cut it into pieces|
|now the bitter gourd is softened|
|now take some bitter gourd and squeeze it really well|
|see how much juices coming out from it, this remove |
the excess bitter from it
|This is what you need|
|Look how much juice i got from these ..discard it|
|take the squeezed bitter gourd in a blender|
|add in green apple|
|add in few pieces of ginger|
|and few pieces of green chillies, you can add |
some pepper powder
|puree smoothly, add little water to make it |
into a smooth puree
|pour this in a strainer|
|use a spoon to push the juice|
|this is pure goodness|
|now add in some lemon juice|
|add in some salt, you can use some black salt as well|
|pour in some cold water|
|take your glass|
|pour the juice in|
|really good for diabetic patients and for everyone too|