Stir-fried Bitter Gourd

Credits: Ceri, Zenxin Masterchef

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Stir-fried Bitter Gourd
Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its cooling properties to relieve summer heat, internal heat, reduce inflammation, nourish the blood and promote Qi circulation; bitter melon is a great food to eat in the Tropics where we experience year round summer heat. In Ayurveda and TCM it is used to help control blood sugar levels in diabetes type-2. Recent research suggests that steroidal saponins, insulin-like peptides, alkaloids and charntin are the active components involved. Aligned with this, is its ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Like many bitter foods it stimulates the liver to produce bile, enhancing digestion and helps purify the blood. Rich in vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and health-benefiting flavanoids alpha and betacarotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, it is a worthy addition to your weekly diet.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Wash, remove seeds and chop the bitter gourd into small pieces.
  2. Peel and finely chop the garlic, then wash and thinly slice the chilli
  3. Drizzle the oil into a ceramic pan and begin to stir-fry the garlic.
  4. Add the bitter gourd and chilli and continue to stir.
  5. Add the fermented black beans, plus liquid and a little water.
  6. Cover until the bitter gourd is nearly cooked.
  7. Whisk the eggs and add to the mixture, stir until eggs are cooked.
  8. Serve and enjoy 🙂

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