Ash gourd is commonly considered a vegetable, which is used in cooking a variety of staple Indian dishes such as kootu, curry, sabzi and dal, besides sweets and candies called petha. The therapeutic and remedial traits offered by the vegetable, as well as ash gourd seeds and leaves are extensive. Ash gourd supplies plenty of nutrition, being inherently high on water content providing a cooling effect on the body, having zero cholesterol thereby augmenting heart health and abounding in a plethora of vitamins and minerals to facilitate key metabolic functions in the body. Ash Gourd may help improve digestion and help to lose weight effectively. It also a rich source of soluble fiber, which decreases the digestion process and makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Moreover, the roots and juice of ash gourd also have applications in skin and hair care.
This remarkable natural wonder, which belongs to the cucumber and squash family, like snake gourd, also provides valuable curative properties for conditions such as fever, jaundice and diabetes. This is owing to its noteworthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, due to the presence of beneficial plant compounds like flavonoids and carotenoids. In addition, the juice of ash gourd also heals hair and scalp disorders like dandruff and bald patches.
- Ash gourd – 200 g
- Lemon 3 – 4 drops
- Rock salt – ¼ tsp
- Roasted jeera powder/ Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp
- Water- as required
- Cut, peel and chop the ash gourd.
- Add ash gourd with water as required in a mixer/ juicer and blend to a smooth puree.
- Strain the puree.
- Add lemon juice, salt and roasted jeera powder/ black pepper powder
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 35 kcal
- Sodium: 1.54 mg
- Fat: 0.30 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.70 g
- Fiber: 6.75 g
- Protein: 1.60 g
Keywords: Ash gourd juice/ Winter melon juice