Cooking of the vegetable
Not only the vegetable itself, but also its shoots, leaves and tendrils are also used for edible purposes. In Indian cuisines, it is largely used to prepare traditional dishes in combination with lentils and pulses. It is also used largely in preparation of chutneys and pickles. It can also be used in preparation of soups. Mostly the snake gourd recipes include usage of coconut milk in them. Alternately you can cook this vegetable in a number of ways, including baking and stir frying. To enhance the taste experience by a great extent, you can also stuff the snake gourd with spices and other vegetables.
It can also be put to use as a dip or topping for bread. However it is important to consider that when the vegetable is fully ripe and red or orange in color, it is not fit for human consumption straightaway; still you can use it to prepare sauces or for its medicinal value. It is also used in cooking stews.
Some of the health benefits associated with the snake gourd is listed as follows:
Benefits for diabetic patients
Owing to its properties of wasting and thirst, the vegetable is also branded to be healthful for patients of diabetes. It is especially advantageous for type 2 diabetes, because of its ability to provide sufficient water content to the body. Alongside it is also great for reducing weight and is also low in calorie ingredient.
Heart healthy food
Consuming this vegetable in your daily diet is also a great way of warding off diseases of the heart. Furthermore, it also helps in the decomposition and absorption of the nutrients that we consume through food. It is also known to boost the production of body fluids and hence it serves to diminish the negative impacts of excessive dryness in our body. It is also a great way of providing relief to the body in case heart pain occurs due to any physical work.
The snake gourd is a highly recommended remedy for treating constipation. It is a great natural way of curing several other stomach disorders as well. The seeds as well as the juice extracted from the leaves of this vegetable, both are useful as a remedy for constipation. Comparatively more purgative ability is found in the juice extracted from this vegetable than the dried fruit of the snake gourd.
Possessing laxative properties
The vegetable is known to naturally possess laxative properties. It is a great way of removing the harmful toxins and pus from the body. This vegetable is also functional for disbanding the phlegm in the body. Leaves of this plant also possess medicinal properties.
Efficient in reducing fever
The particular property of lowering bilious fever has also been associated with the boiled snake gourd in combination with other elements, especially coriander leaves. It has also been found to be useful in encouraging nausea in instance where a person has ingested something poisonous.
Anti biotic and anti inflammatory
Consuming this vegetable will serve as a good anti inflammatory for the body. It is also functional in warding off bacteria and other disease causing germs. This vegetable is also notorious for casting a cooling effect on the body.
Additional health benefits
The vegetable is also important for people suffering from tuberculosis of the lungs since it has been established to be useful in controlling the amount of night sweating. After boiling, this vegetable can also be used as a treatment for jaundice. Health properties of the snake gourd are also seen in its ability to unclog the jamming of liver and thus aiding its proper functions.
An interesting use of the leaves of this vegetable is seen for treatment of baldness that results from the disease known as alopecia; juice extracted from the leaves of the snake gourd is applied to the scalp for this disease. However intake more than the recommended value can result in a few health problems as well.
Another valuable use of the vegetable is seen in curbing the development of HIV virus in the human body. It is largely known to be a febrifuge and drinking juice extracted from various parts of this vegetable is a valuable natural way of quenching thirst.