Ash Gourd Juice Recipe | How to make Ash Gourd Juice | Winter Melon Juice
Ash Gourd Juice, a great detoxifying juice for summers which not only cleanses the body from the toxins but also cools it down.
Due to the intense heat in summers, if you feel lethargic and dull in mornings this one drink to refresh your mind body and soul. It energies the body, refreshes and soothes the nerves and make your active instantly. And it is Caffeine free!!
Reasons to include Ash Gourd Juice in your Diet
- Low in Calories
- Zero Fat
- Cools down the body
- Aids in digestion
- Accelerates weight loss
- Good for skin and hair
- Increases mental sharpness in kids
I recently started taking Ash Gourd juice in morning and I can feel lot of change in my morning energy. Past few months had been very stressful during one or the other personal reasons. I recently read about the various benefits of having Ash Gourd juice. After consulting my nutritionist,I started taking this juice empty stomach in mornings. And trust me I can see positive changes in my energy levels.
What is Ash Gourd
Ash Gourd or Winter Melon is a fruit native to South Asian countries (India, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal) and warm parts of Australia.
The fruit is considered to be very auspicious and is used in making temple prasad (food offered to God). Many people in South India hang it in front of their main door/gate as it is known to give positive vibrations and clears the negative energy.
It's other names are Wax Gourd, White Pumpkin or Chinese Melon. In Hindi it is known as Safed Petha. It is used widely used in Indian and Chinese Cuisine, in curries, stir frys. The fruit has various health benefits and has been widely used in Indian(Ayurvedic) and Chinese medicinal system for centuries.
Ash Gourd is 96% Water with negligible calories, fats and proteins.
Winter Melon is a vine and the fruit resembles a watermelon/a big cucumber and the mild taste is somewhat like cucumber. The mature fruit has waxy covering( that's why the name Wax Gourd) or it is covered in grey ash (Ash Gourd).
In Indian Cuisine Ash gourd is widely used in making various kootu/curries, dal, dry subzi, add in yogurt to make raita. The popular North Indian dessert or sweet candy Petha from the famous Agra city is made with it.
Health benefits of Ash Gourd
Apart from cooling down the system and detoxifying the body, there are numerous other benefits of this fruit which belongs to Pumpkin family.
- It is good for curing joint and muscular pains,
- Stimulates the normal elimination of waste from excretory system.
- Regulates heart functions
- Enhances Metabolism
- Acts as an antacid
- Strengthens the respiratory system.
How to make Ash Gourd Juice
Winter Melon is a very plain fruit has no taste of it's own, just like cucumber. The juice may taste very blend. To enhance the taste you can add a lemon( as per your taste) some crushed mint leaves, black salt and black pepper. If you have body type which is more prone to cold and cough after having something that is cool in nature (tassir).
The juice is very easy to make. You can use your any juicer or even blend the roughly chopped pieces in a high speed blender.
If the gourd has thick and hard seeds then discard the seeds before juicing it. There is no need to discard the soft and very thin seeds(unripe melon).
When making in blender then, strain the juice there are more fibres or seeds.
Add lemon juice, crushed fresh mint leaves, freshly ground black pepper powder and black salt (pink himalayan salt) as per taste.
Recipe Card for Ash Gourd Juice
Ash Gourd Juice
- Juicer/High Speed Blender
- 2 Cups Ash Gourd (peeled and chopped)
- 4-5 Fresh Mint Leaves
- ½-1 Lemon
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper Powder
- Black Salt/Pink Himalayan Salt as per taste
- Take Ash Gourd, peel and then roughly chop it.
- In a high speed blender, blend it to fine puree. You may add fresh mint leaves or add crushed leaves later on.
- Strain the puree and then add lemon juice, black pepper and black salt.
- Add water if required.
- Mix and serve immediately.
- When using a juicer, use it as you juice other veggies like carrots, celery etc..
Disclaimer:- All the information is based on my personal experience and knowledge gathered from various online resources and health books. If you are suffering from any medical condition, please consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting the Ash Gourd Juice in your diet.
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