Kids are known to be picky eaters. They would simply discard veggies that they didn't like, making it a hard task for the parents to feed them a fulfilling and nutritious meal. Kids love to have all things delicious, be it cheesy pasta or flavourful noodles but the moment you serve them a nutritious vegetable, they would simply make a face and discard it from their meal. One such vegetable is our very own karela (or bitter gourd). True to its name, bitter gourd is actually quite bitter and that alone makes it an unpopular vegetable, especially among kids. And while it might be packed with numerous health benefits, kids just can't stand its taste.
Bitter gourd has endless nutritive qualities that are hard to ignore, and that is exactly why despite the repulsive taste even our parents continued to nudge us towards the humble vegetable. According to the United States Department Of Agriculture (USDA), 100 grams of bitter gourd has about 3.6 grams proteins, 7 grams of carbohydrates and 602 grams potassium. It is also recommended to diabetics as its properties help in regulating blood pressure levels. Karela is also low-fat, low-calorie and low-carb veggie that is an essential for fast and effective weight loss.
While with such amazing benefits, we are sure you would like to give bitter gourd a chance, but to make the kids eat it, is still a tricky one. For that, we have a delicious, flavourful twist to karela that even the kids won't be able to resist. We have a recipe video of Aamchoori Kareley. In this recipe, chopped karela are mixed with red chilli powder, turmeric, salt and vinegar and then fried in mustard oil. Later, it is sautéed with amchoor, cumin and a host of spices before topping with fried onions and lemon juice. This tangy, mouth-watering lunch recipe is so flavourful that even the kids will love!