Bitter Gourd Soup:
Bitter Gourd/ Bitter melon is a folk remedy for type 2 diabetes! Almost every alternate days…including it in the diet can lower the blood glucose level! Bitter gourd is also treated for stomach/intestine worms! It is an effective cleanser(visceral cleanser)!! It is also beleived that bitter tasting foods(bitter gourd, fenugreek, mustard greens, neem flowers….)will stimulate the digestive flow in the body and there by create appetite! So what else could be a good appetizer drink…besides this soup!!I know few of my Mizoram & Nagaland(North-East Part of India)friends treated this for their acne problems. All they did is…boiled this vegetable in water. Added pinch of salt to it! Drank them! Wow….imagine how bitter it could be….certainly I am not dare enough to try anything like that….so fixed this soup here!!
About three different groups of constituents in bitter gourd are said to have that blood-sugar lowering actions! The potential benefit in diabetes mellitus. These include a mixture of steroidal saponins known as charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids. It is still unclear which of these is most effective, or just all the three work together.
Bitter gourd 1 medium sized
Vegetable broth 4 cups
Salt as per taste
Pepper 1 spoon
Soy mushroom sauce few spoons
Scalion 1 fienly chopped(optional)
Butter 1/4 of a cube.
Scrape away the serrated outer part and vertically cut the vegetable. Now deseed them. Then slice them thinly.
Sprinkle little bit of salt and lemon juice to it. Set aside for a while. Then squeeze the excess water.
In a crock pot, melt butter. Saute’ scalion and bitter gourd slices for a while.
Add salt, pepper, soy mushroom sauce and vegetable broth. Continue cooking till the veggie is done.
Serve warm as a starter.