Bitter Gourd or mostly know in the Philippines as “Ampalaya”. It is widely grown for its edible fruits and shoots, and for its nutrients and medicinal properties. However, most kids don’t really want to eat it because, from its taste, it is BITTER. But let’s see and try these best ampalaya recipes and find out how we can make the most out of Ampalaya.
Actually, there’s a trick on preparing ampalaya. To reduce it’s bitterness yo have to do these steps:
- Slice open the vegetable along its length
- Scrape down the seeds from the vegetables until the green gourd is exposed
- Slice as desired, usually in 1/4-inch half-moons.
- Put the Ampalaya in a large bowl
- Pour lukewarm water and some salt. Leave it for about 5-10minutes,
- Drain the water from ampalaya.and use
- Pat dry and use as needed in your recipe
Now that you’ve known the trick on how you can reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd we will now talk about those delicious that recipes that we can make.
Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon)
Ampalaya is packed with several nutrients. It is rich with Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It also provides folate which is necessary for growth and development. Having this vegetable in your menu will give you a lot of benefits.
Talking about the Menu, the Ginisang ampalaya is very easy to cook here are the ingredients and instructions
- 2 pieces ampalaya cleaned and cut into thin slices
- ¼ Ground pork
- 1 large tomato sliced
- 1 large onion sliced
- 2 raw eggs
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- salt to taste
- 18 ounces lukewarm water
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- Heat the pan and place the cooking oil
- Saute the garlic, onion, and tomato
- Add ground pork and simmer for 5-10mins
- Add the ampalaya mix well with the other ingredients
- Put-in salt and pepper to taste
- Beat the eggs and pour over the ampalaya then let the eggs cook partially
- Mix the egg with the other ingredients
- Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!
Dinengdeng with Fried Fish Recipe
Thanks to its components it can also help reduce blood sugar. The potent medicinal properties have long been used around the world to help treat diabetes-related conditions. Another recipe that you’ll surely love is the Dinengdeng with Fried Fish.
Cooking this menu needs perfect timing for all the ingredients (especially for vegetable) that we will be using. Dinengdeng is a Filipino vegetable dish that originated from the Ilocos region in the Philippines. It is similar to “Bulanglang” and “Laswa”; the difference of Dinengdeng is the use of fried or grilled fish.
- 2 to 3 pieces of medium-sized fish cleaned
- 2 pieces small bitter gourd ampalaya, cored and sliced
- 10 pieces snake beans “Sitaw”, cut into short pieces
- 8 pieces okra
- 1 ½ cup squash flower
- 2 medium ripe plum tomato wedged
- 2 knobs ginger sliced
- 1 onion wedged
- 2 cups hot pepper leaves dahon ng sili
- 3 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons bagoong isda
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ cup cooking oil to fry fish
- You need to fry the fish first. Rub it with salt. Heat the oil in the pan. Once it’s hot fry the fish.
- Once the fish is fully cooked set aside.
- In a cooking pot pour the water and let it boil
- Add onion, ginger, and tomato.cover it and boil in medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Now add the bagoong. Also add the okra, ampalaya, and snake beans. Cover again and simmer for 7-12 minutes
- The last that you’ll add are the leafy vegetables. The hot pepper leaves and squash, cook it for 2 minutes.
- Once the vegetables are all cooked you can now put the fried fish on top. Cook it for another minute.
- Once done, transfer to a serving bowl.
Another recipe is Pinakbet. It came from the northern region of the Philippines. Pinakbet is made from mixed vegetables steamed in fish or shrimp sauce. Visit this page for you to know more about Pinakbet.
To be continued. . .