It is soft, watery and it is in the family of Cucurbitaceae. It is rich in Vit. C, riboflavin, magnesium, zinc and thiamin. It is low in fat and calories perfect for those who likes to trim down their weight. This vegetable contains insulin like peptides which is good to lower down blood sugar. It is also good for our stomach since it helps overcome constipation.
It does not matter if you use sponge gourd or the ridge gourd for this one, they will just taste the same. Here is the quick recipe that I want to share with you.
Sponge gourd / Ridge Gourd
Medium size onions (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
Red chili powder
Mustard seed or rai
Ground black pepper
Fresh coriander leaves
Preparation / Method of Cooking Sponge gourd with mustard seed:
Step 1: Heat oil in a pan and put the mustard seed. Once it crackles you may now add your garlic and onions. Next is to put some turmeric powder, red chili powder once the onion is golden brown in color.
Step 2: Put some salt and then your sponge gourd which is cut into half a ring in size. You can put some water for about 2-4 tbsp. only since this veggie will produce water of its own. Cover the pan and put the flame into slow.
Step 3: After 3 minutes of cooking, check the taste if it still requires more salt and you can now sprinkle some ground black pepper and for the final touch, put the chopped coriander leaves. Don’t overcook the sponge gourd. It is soft so you don’t even need to worry about extending more time to cook it, not unless the gourd that you bought was old already with thick seeds, you may need to add few more minutes.