What is an Ash Gourd?
Ash Gourd is an annual Creeping Vine, which can either climb structures or be allowed to spread out on the Ground. This plant features large green leaves and thick stems covered with Coarse hairs. Golden yellow blooms appear early in the summer and female flowers give way to round or Spherical fruits.
A young melon tastes sweet but as it Ripens, it’s fine hairs and sweetness disappears. Mature Gourds exterior color can vary from pale grey to dark Green and are coated in a distinctive White ash. Hence it gets the name Ash Gourd.
Ash gourd is one of the most popular Vegetables cultivated throughout India and extensively in the state of Kerala.
Ash Gourd is grown for its immature as well as mature fruits. These are used in cooking and Confectionery. Due to its medicinal properties, this Vegetable is also used in Ayurvedic Medicinal preparations.
This melon is mostly consumed in India and China, while Indians give more importance to this vegetable, because of its medicinal properties in the Ayurvedic Medicine System.
The Wax Gourd requires very warm weather to grow, but can be stored for many months much like Winter Squash. Ash gourds of the Indian Subcontinent have a white coating with Rough Texture.
Many Names of Petha
This Vegetable has so many names; such as-Fuzzy melon, Wax Gourd, White Gourd, Winter Melon, Petha, Barhi Petha, Bathua, Chal Kumara, Safed Kola, Bhura, Bua, boodu kumbala, Konkan Dudhi, Wax Gourd, Bhura Kumhada, Petha Kaddu (Hindi), Kohla (Marathi), Neer poosanikai (Tamil), Kumbalanga (Malayalam), Boodida Gummadikaaya (Telugu), Budekumbalakayi, Boodu gumbala (Kannada), Arkaru (Sanskrit), Ash Gourd and Winter Melon in English.
The famous Sweet of Agre Ka Petha is made from this Greenish Vegetable. It can be consumed in many different ways; such as by making Juice of it. Watch Video of Petha Juice??
You can also make Missi Roti of it, Make Mathai of it, ?Watch This Video!
Miraculous Benefits of Ash Gourd Juice
According to Ayurveda, Safed Petha Juice is a Solution of many Diseases, when you Consume it daily on Empty Stomach. In ayurveda, ash Gourd is widely used to treat many health issues. It cools down the system and is great for people, who have excess heat in their body. It is an Alkaline food that has a Neutralizing effect on the stomach and useful in treating digestive Ailments.
More Benefits of Petha
- You can get so many benefits by drinking one glass of Petha Juice each day in the morning without eating anything else before it. There are so many benefits of this Winter Melon Juice. It is used in Nature cure since long time. Especially for weight reduction
- I live here in Canada(Read my Real Story Moving to Canada) and it was hard to find this miraculous food(Vegetable) here in Canada. I was lucky that I found it in our Local Store(Sabji Mandi) Now I am drinking its Juice in the morning, because it is the best food to have according to Ayurveda. You can get rid from so many health problems by just taking one glass of Petha Juice everyday.
- Ash Gourd Juice flushes out waste material out of our body.
- When one takes it daily, it helps to reduce Weight, because it removes extra fat from the body. In Summer when there is so hot and people become Sick with heat, According to Ayurveda one should Consume food, which is light and reduce Vata and Pitta and for that Ash Gourd is one of the best food to consume.
- It is highly pranic food to have it daily.
- Really good for Stomach problems and good tonic for heart problems.
- It helps to purify Gallbladder
- It helps to cure Internal bleeding
- It helps to lose Extra Pounds if you drink continuously
- It Stabilize Brain Cells
- It helps to Cure Burning Wounds and Cure Diarrhea
- Ash Gourd helps to cure Ulcers and cure Internal Injuries. It keeps Stomach free of Ulcers and Intestinal Parasites
- It helps to cure Acidity
- Petha Juice helps in maintaining healthy Skin and hair
- It is very Rich in fiber and good for Constipation problems
- It is alkaline in Nature, So it is very useful in acid Reflux Syndrome. It is rich with fiber and 90-96% water.
- It is Cold in Nature and balance Pitta and Vata. Ripen Winter Melon balance Tridosha.
- It has special properties Medhya and Improves Intelligence
- Ash Gourd is Rich in Vitamin B and C, Minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus and Fiber.
- Anti Histamine property of Ash Gourd helps to Relieve Cold and Cough. Consumption of ash gourd juice regularly will help to reduce common cold, cough, bronchitis, sinusitis and influenza. It is also beneficial in curing chronic asthma.
- Ash Gourd is very useful in Treating Urinary Tract disorders
- Ash Gourd is very Rich in Fiber and 96% of Water, so it is very useful in Weight Reduction
- Ash Gourd Juice give Relief from Thirst and Excessive Tiredness
- Ash Gourd Juice Improves Strength and Immunity
- It helps Stop Bleeding
- It is used to stop profuse bleeding from nose and lungs. Ash gourd acts like a blood coagulant
- Regular consumption of Ash Gourd juice is beneficial in reducing Symptoms related to thyroid disorders.
- It is so good to keep you safe from all the disorders and diseases.
- If you are suffering from burning urination, it is beneficial to take Petha Juice.
- For the treatment of piles, the use of petha shows positive result. It can be given in bleeding, especially in bleeding piles. It is also effective in case of anal fistula and anal fissure. Despite of eating home cooked food and doing each day Yoga and Vipassana Meditation, I was having Piles continuously for many days. Then I drank one glass of Petha Juice and from the next day my Piles was gone. This is first benefit from this Ash Gourd Juice, which I’ve seen on the Second day only.
- It is a huge source of Energy and gives you Power. You can Incorporate it into your daily diet; like Salad, and especially in Juice.
I started to drink Petha Juice on December 19, 2019 and on the second day my Piles was Okay, because it helps to purify blood. Now I am drinking four days pure Winter Melon Juice and 3 days some other juices; such as Spinach Juice, Coriander Juice and Celery Juice.
Recipe of Weight Loss Juice
How to make Juice from this Amazing Vegetable? It is so easy to make Juice from Winter melon, whether you have Juicer or even no Juicer. There are three ways to make Juice at home from this wonderful Vegetable.
- First way to make Juice is: Cut Petha for one serving and peel it very thin, then cut in big Chunks and make Juice like any other Juice in Juicer.
- Second Way to Make Juice Is: Even if you don’t have Juicer, still no
worries, you can make your Juice with regular Blender. Cut Bathua as much as you need for one serving and then peel very thin if you want, but I don’t peel and make in Blender. So make big chunks and put in blender and put some drinking water to blend it and make paste of it. Then strain through Nut milk Strainer or Cheesecloth.
3-Third Way to Make Juice Is: In this case you don’t have Juicer, even no Blender, still you don’t have to worry, because you can make Konkan Dudhi Juice with Grater. Cut Winter Melon as much as you want for one serving and peel it very thin. Then Grate it with Grater and Strain it with Nut milk Strainer or Cheesecloth.
How to make Winter melon Juice in Blender? Petha Juice Recipe Video
1. Question: When should I drink ash Gourd juice?
1. Answer: Best time to drink Ash Gourd juice is morning in Empty Stomach and should not eat anything else at least one to two hours, otherwise you can drink day time also.
2. Question: Is Ash Gourd juice good for weight loss?
2. Answer: Yes, it is really good to lose Weight, because by consuming one glass of Ash Gourd Juice everyday, it helps flushes out the waste material out of our Body. Weight gets Reduced, because it helps to remove the Extra Fat from the Body.
Precautions to Drink Petha Juice
- After making this Juce, don’t keep it in fridge and even in Room temperature. Drink it right away after making it
- Please don’t put any kind of Sugar, honey, Salt, Black pepper or even Pink Salt.
- Not only sick person can take this Juice, but also healthy people can take this Juice
- Don’t drink it in seconds, but drink it slowly like you take Tea or Coffee
- There should be a gap of about atleast one to two hours before any food is consumed.
Ash Gourd Candy
How to make Ash Gourd Ladoos?
- Grated Petha
- Desi Ghee(optional)
- Green Cardamom
- Corn Starch(optional)
- Jaggery powder
- Dry fruits according to taste
- Custard powder(optional)
Preparation to Make Ash Gourd Laddus
- In fry pan put one spoon desi ghee
- Add Grated Petha
- When reduce, then add milk and continue stir
- Now add Oats, dates and Green cardamom powder
- After stirring continuously now add shakar and when becomes to the consistency to make barfi, then grease any dish and add this mixture
- Spread and put some dry fruits
- Let it stay on room temperature and then cut into desired pieces