Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How to cook ampalaya ( bitter gourd ) with sardines

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"freshly chopped bitter gourd sauted with garlic and onion strips topped with sardines and sauce sprinkled with iodized salt"


This is one of my favorite easy to cook dish. Although a lot of people do not appreciate the bitter taste of ampalaya or bitter gourd, they still eat it because of the rising popularity of the vegetable as a good food supplement specially for those who are suffering from diabetes and also for those who would like to clean their blood. A lot of information on the numerous health benefits is already available in the internet.

I call this dish as: "freshly chopped bitter gourd sauted with garlic and onion strips topped with sardines and sauce sprinkled with iodized salt"


In Tagalog: "ginisang ampalaya sa sardinas"

In watwatworld: "inprito nga paria santu nilaukan ti sardinas" 





Ingredients: 

1 bitter gourd ( ampalaya ) medium size
1 small can of sardines ( with thick sauce preffered )
5 pcs garlic cloves chopped
1 pc onion bulb chopped
1/4 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil ( or any cooking oil )
1/3 cup water



Procedure:

1. Saute chopped garlic in hot vegetable oil.
2. Add onions
3. Add bitter gourd ( ampalaya )
4. Add salt
5. Add water and let simmer for 3 minutes
6. Add sardines, mix well, cover, wait for 3 minutes.
7. Done!



That's how easy it is! 

Note: to get the full health benefits of ampalaya, remember the general rule... the bitter, the better! So if you can eat it raw, go ahead. Or do the old ways... just chop the ampalaya in small circles and wash it with hot water for a few minutes (5 minutes) then eat it raw!

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