- 1 medium sized onion (sliced thinly)
- 4 small tomatoes (sliced thinly)
- 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1/2 ampalaya/bitter gourd (sliced thinly)
- 2 eggs (scrambled)
Sauté garlic, onion, and tomatoes until tender;
Add the ampalaya and cook until translucent;
Add the scrambled egg and mix;
Add salt and pepper to taste;
Serve and enjoy over a plate of steaming rice
Momordica charantia, known as bitter melon, bitter gourd, bitter squash, or balsam-pear, is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit.
Momordica charantia has a number of purported uses including cancer prevention, treatment of diabetes, fever, HIV and AIDS, and infections. While it has shown some potential clinical activity in laboratory experiments, “further studies are required to recommend its use.” In 2012, the germplasm and chemical constituents, such as momordicin within several varieties of the gourd were being studied.
For fever reduction and relief of menstrual problems, there is no scientific research to back these claims. For cancer prevention, HIV and AIDS, and treatment of infections, there is preliminary laboratory research, but no clinical studies in humans showing a benefit. In 2017 the University of Peradeniya researchers revealed that bitter gourd seeds can be potentially used to destroy cancer cells and was successfully administered to patients in Kandy General Hospital Cancer Unit.