Bitter gourd and okra stir fry.
Bitter gourd also known as bitter melon or caraille, plays a crucial part in the Caribbean diet. This edible vine fruit maybe bitter has it suggests but more often than not, doubles up and acts a blood cleansing beverage for the vast majority of island people. My grandmother would force me to drink a cup of boiled caraille as a youngster. At the time I hated it, but as I transitioned into womanhood I soon become fond of it’s anti diabetic and cleansing properties, to the point where I begun to experiment with making a few main meals thus creating this stir fry dish.
If you’re not a fan of bitter food, then you may need to sit this one out, as bitter melon is grown in many tropical places such; Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, don’t be surprised if the aforementioned countries are equally as passionate about gourd as much as I am.
Similar to cucumber it is watery and crunchy in texture though preferred cooked as opposed to eaten raw, when paired with okra this helps to balance the bitter taste and lend a great source of folate, fiber and vitamin C.
I do recommend slicing and soaking the caraille for a few hours in saline water to help release the bitterness.
A quick, easy and healthy recipe reminiscent of the Caribbean.
Courtesy and Recipe from Charlene @ http://thatgirlcookshealthy.com/