Monsoon Diet Tips: Health Benefits of Prickly Gourd – Kantola Fry Recipe Inside

The monsoon is here and so is the time to enjoy the rains, green nature and cool weather. And one more factor that makes the monsoon desirable for everyone is the seasonal produce. The rainy season brings with it a wide range of fruits and vegetables that are fresh, delicious and healthy to the core. One of those amazing vegetables is the prickly gourd. Also known as kakora or kantola (in Hindi), it is one of the lesser-known vegetables in the gourd family. It closely resembles an oval-shaped karela but has a light green color and soft spines on the outer skin. The prickly gourd is also loaded with essential nutrients. According to famous nutritionist Lovneet Batra, prickly gourd is a perfect monsoon vegetable that has fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more, and helps boost immunity and nourish us from within. Furthermore, she listed three main benefits of including prickly gourd in her daily diet.

Here are 3 main benefits of eating prickly gourd during monsoon:

1. Promotes Vision:

Vitamin A is the key nutrient for better vision. This vegetable, being rich in vitamin A, helps improve eyesight.

2. Helps Digestion:

The prickly gourd is high in fiber. Therefore, it is considered very useful to facilitate digestion. It also keeps the stomach in good shape during the season and reduces infections caused.

3. Control diabetes:

Thorn gourd has hypoglycemic properties. It also protects and regenerates the beta cells of the pancreas. Furthermore, it improves both insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, which helps control diabetes at all levels.

Monsoon Special Prickly Gourd Recipe: How to Make Kantola Fry:

Now that you know the benefits of prickly gourd, how about you prepare it at home? That’s how it is. The prickly gourd is versatile and can be used to cook various delicious dishes. You can make kantola sabzi, stuffed kantola and more. But what remains our favorite is the classic kantola fry. A popular Bengali side dish (known as kakrol bhaja), kantola fry is easy, uncomplicated, and tastes great when paired with dal chawal.

All you have to do to make Kantola Fry is to cut the Kantolas into a circular shape, marinate with salt and turmeric for some time and fry over medium heat until light brown. That is all. The delicious fried Kantola is ready to be savored.

We suggest you bring some kantola from the nearby market and make fried kantola yourself today.

About Somdatta SahaScout – That’s what Somdatta likes to call herself. Whether it’s in terms of food, people, or places, all she longs for is to experience the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or a daal-chawal and a good movie can brighten your day.

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