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Bitter gourd with black bean sauce



Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.

Bitter gourd contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

Here is a home recipe for bitter gourd where we can consume it regularly with rice.


Ingredients:
1 medium sized bitter gourd - cut into slices
1 tsp ginger strips
1 tbsp black beans
Some olive oil
Method:
1. Fry ginger strips in some olive oil
2. Add in bitter gourd slices and fry for 2 minutes
3. Add a little water and simmer for another minute
4. Lastly add in black beans.
5. Simmer for a little while and dish out to serve.

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posted on: Saturday, October 10, 2009 @ 12:30 AM

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