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LOKI (gourd)

Gourd (Loki) is a vegetable. Some are long in shape and some are round. It looks light green outside and white inside, It is bigger than cucumber but with softer skin and texture. It is quite watery. They grow on liana and shrubs. Gourds contain mineral salts, vitamins. They are easily digested. Sick people are advised to eat gourds. It removes constipation and thus makes the function of intestines normal.

Our respectable prophet Hazrat Muhammad sallallaho alaihewassalam loved to eat gourd. It purifies blood, maintains cholesterol and sugar level. Juice of gourds if taken early morning helps improve eye sight. It balances the immunity system because it helps all organs to work normally. It is more advantageous to eat in summer as it has soothing effect.

 

It is used in making different dishes like:

 

Raita: Loki boiled n mashed or grated raw mix with yogurt, mint leaves, chopped onions, salt and black pepper

 

Koftey: boiled Loki mashed and made balls cooked as curry

Cooked with mutton Loki IS very delicious and good for health 

 

Kheer:, grated Loki cooked with milk and sugar and sprinkled with chopped dry fruit makes it more tasty n beneficial.

 Loki Soup:

Take one Loki and remove skin and cut into pieces.   Add 1 glass of water. Add one tomato and salt, black pepper caraway seeds 1/4 of spoon. Cook in pressure cooker for 10 minutes. Mash it and strain. Add little bit of cream or butter before serving. Enjoy!

 

How to make Loki Juice:

The easiest way to make Loki Juice is to grate with home grater. Then put the grated Loki on tea strainer then squeeze it with big spoon or table spoon by putting pressure. Or instead of spoon squeeze it with clean hands. Collect the liquid in glass.

You can also add grounded black pepper or black salt to suit your taste. You can add honey or lemon to improve its taste. Don’t add sugar.

Loki Juice is best unknown medicine to the world. But now is getting more popular worldwide.  According to Ayurveda it is very good for health.

Below are the few benefits of Loki:

1. It is 96% water.
2. Excellent source of green nutrition.
3. Can easily be digested.
4. Very light on stomach
5. 100 Gram of Loki contains only 12 calories.
6. Helps treating urinary problems
7. Help to get rid of burning sensation in stomach
8. It helps remove excessive fat from body.
9. Very good for liver.
10. It can be cooked in many ways

11. It is good for controlling diabetes, High Blood Pressure all diseases.
12. There are no side effects
13. It takes 3 hours to digest

 Helps in loosing weight quickly if you just eat boiled/cooked in steam Loki without ghee/cheese/oils

                                Gourd consists: proteins—-     0.2 %

Carbohydrates—                         2.9 %

Fats—–                                          0.1 %

Calcium —-                                  0.02 %

Iron—–                                        0.7 %

Phosphorus —-                           0.01 %

Water —-                                     96.3 %

   Use only good Loki, which is NOT bitter or has bad taste, Loki can be dangerous if it is bitter or has bad taste.
Tips: Don’t eat raw Loki it can cause problems in your stomach. It should be fresh small in size because Big Size Loki may have harmful chemicals to grow it big, so go for smaller ones.

Just taste little bit before cooking. If it’s bitter don’t use it.

Loki’s/ Loki/White Gourd and other names):
1. Kaddu in Punjabi
2. Tarkari in Marathi
3. Squash in English

 

Stay young healthy and active by eating, Loki the God’s one of the most useful vegetables!

 


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