Bitter gourd is a vegetable that is known for its health benefits. However you need to cultivate a taste to enjoy eating it. Thats easier said than done when it comes to kids who naturally prefer chocolates and candies. Bitter gourd is said to be the best kitchen remedy for stomach worms which children are so prone to.
I have attempted to create this recipe with best efforts to retain its nutrients and yet making it palatable for kids. The use of dill which is sweet in taste adds a natural sweetness and aroma to the stuffing. My son readily enjoyed his paratha. Let me know your inputs.
Bitter gourd or bitter melon is an excellent source of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3and C. It also contains minerals like magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorous, copper and 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.
The medicinal properties of bitter gourd are beneficial in ailments like-
- blood disorders
- diabetes mellitus
- poor stamina levels
- eye problems
- poor immunity
- respiratory disorders
- stomach worms and
1/2 cup grated bitter gourd
1/2 onion minced
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 1/2 tbs grated coconut
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 sprigs of fresh dill chopped
Freshly ground pepper
Salt to taste
1cup wheat flour
water to mix
pinch of salt
- Heat oil in a skillet, add the minced garlic and onions. Saute.
- Add the bitter gourd, grated coconut, ground cumin, mix, cover and cook.
- Add salt and freshly ground pepper and stir.
- Take off the heat and add chopped fresh dill and stir. Your stuffing is ready.
- Roll out 2 rotis. Spread the stuffing evenly on one roti.
- Place the other roti over it and press the edges firmly.
- Heat the girdle and fry both sides.
- Top with ghee or butter and serve hot.
Sending this for Bitter better health challenge.