ash gourd
Last Updated : Dec 17,2020

Ash Gourd Glossary |Ash Gourd Health Benefits, Nutritional Information + Recipes with Ash Gourd, Petha|
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Also known as
White gourd, winter melon, wax gourd, petha

What is ash gourd, winter melon, winter gourd, wax gourd, white gourd, safed kaddu?

Ash gourd is a vine which is eaten as a vegetable. It is oblong in shape, can be around 1 to 2 metres in length, have a smooth or finely ribbed rind and a lightly yellow or greenish flesh. This gourd keeps well for a longer time and is thus readily exported. These gourds were originally cultivated in South ease Asia but have gained popularity in other parts of the world also.

Ash gourd cubes
Wash, dry and peel the ash gourd. Using a sharp knife, cut it into 2 equal halves. Cut one half into ½ inch thick slices. Cut each slice into 1/2” thick vertical strips. Further cut the strips into equal sized ½” cubes. If one requires bigger cubes then cut into bigger sized cubes. Use as required.
Chopped ash gourd
To chop, first cut the fruit from middle. Cut as much as required and store the rest. If using a pre cut wedge, peel the ash gourd using a knife or a peeler and deseed. Cut into cubes or dices or chop as per recipe.
Grated ash gourd

How to select ash gourd, winter melon, winter gourd, wax gourd, white gourd, safed kaddu

Ensure that the gourd has a smooth rind, is free from blemishes and is firm to hold. Check for freshness before purchasing. It is usually available in dark green or pale green rinds. If you want to purchase ripe ash gourd, ensure that the skin of the gourd is whitish green in colour. This is an indicator of ripeness.

Culinary Uses of ash gourd, winter melon, winter gourd, wax gourd, white gourd, safed kaddu

· In India, it is used to prepare a traditional sweet called Petha. It is pieces of gourd cooked in sugar syrup and then dried to allow hardening. It is a delicacy in Agra. You need good quality and ripe ash gourd for this recipe.
· In South India, it is used in various ways. Use it with dal to make Kootu, or add along with other vegetables in Sambhar, Avial etc.
· Use in making winter melon soup, juices or stir fries of your choice.

How to store ash gourd, winter melon, winter gourd, wax gourd, white gourd, safed kaddu

Store it under refrigerated conditions. If a part of the fruit is cut, cover with newspaper and then store.

Health benefits of ash gourd, winter melon, winter gourd, wax gourd, white gourd, safed kaddu

· Ash gourd consists of substantial amount of moisture and a little amount of protein, fat, fiber and carbohydrates. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, iron, phosphorus, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C.
· Due to its diuretic action, it increases the output of urine and washes out waste products from the body.
· Ash gourd juice when combined with water can be given to people who have peptic ulcers.
· Cooked and sweetened ash gourd can help people suffering from heart ailments, anemia, body heat etc.
· Being low in calories, it is helpful for people maintaining a diet and people suffering from diabetes.
· Husked seeds of ash gourd when consumed with coconut milk can help eject tapeworms etc from the intestine.

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