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TORTANG AMPALAYA | BITTER MELON OMELETTE

If you love ampalaya or bitter melon, tortang ampalaya is one of the common recipe that you can make out of it. It is a quick and easy menu that you can cook for breakfast in the morning. This recipe is very well known in the Philippines and everyone has its own version of doing it.


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Ampalaya or bitter melon gets it name from its taste. It gets more and more bitter as it ripens. It contains lots of nutrients that can be beneficial to your health. It is linked to lowering your blood sugar, which some studies suggest means it can aid in diabetes treatment.[29]

Ampalaya is packed of lots of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, zinc, iron etc. Bitter melon is thought to improve the way that sugar is used in your tissues and promote the secretion of insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. Research suggests that bitter melon contains certain compounds with cancer-fighting properties and could also help decrease cholesterol levels too. It also makes an excellent addition to a weight loss diet, as it's low in calories yet high in fiber.[30]



Despite of its bitter taste, ampalaya or bitter melon is versatile and delicious and it works well in many dishes. If you are the type of a person who doesn't like the bitterness of the ampalaya or bitter melon, there are few things that you can do in order to minimize it. First, you can cut the ampalaya lengthwise and scope all the seeds, then rub 1 teaspoon salt where the seeds were scraped from. Do this on both halves and set aside for 5 mins. Wash and pat dry and use it accordingly with the recipe. Second, you can soak it in water with salt. Add 1 teaspoon of salt in about 250 - 500 ml of water and leave it for  5 mins. Again wash and pat dry prior using in a recipe. And lasty, you can just simply soak it with water for 5 mins and wash it and it will give a less bitter ampalaya in your menu.


So knowing this health benefits and tips how to handle its bitterness, I think its time to cook this simple yet packed of goodness recipe and tell us what you can say about it.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 - 2 medium ampalaya or bitter melon
  • 1 medium onion - minced
  • 1 medium tomato or 3 - 4 cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 eggs -
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of ground pepper (optional)
  • 1 - 2 tbsp of oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Cut the ampalaya lengthwise and remove the seeds. To reduce the bitterness, you can use any of the technique mentioned above. 
  2. Thinly slice it in crosswise like a halfmoon.
  3. Prepare the other ingredients: tomato - cut into small pieces, eggs - beaten, onion - cut into mince.
  4. Heat the pan at medium heat setting.
  5. Put the oil and wait till it gets hot enough.
  6. Saute onion and tomato.
  7. Add the ampalaya or bitter melon. Mix well, cover and wait till its half cook. 
  8. You can add salt and pepper on egg or in the saute ampalaya instead.
  9. Pour the beaten egg all over and mix all the ingredients and leave the egg to settle and cook.
  10. Turn to the other side if the bottom part is formed and light brown.
  11. Once both sides are cook. Remove from heat or fire.
  12. Place it in serving plate and it's ready to eat!
  13. Enjoy....



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