Lady’s finger is a highly nutritious vegetable, which is widely available and affordable to all. A fiber rich vegetable, which also contains almost all major vitamins and minerals as well as anti-oxidants, lady’s finger is an effective remedy against a number of illnesses.
In many countries, lady’s finger, which is low in terms of the glycemic index, is used to control diabetes. Take three or four lady’s fingers, cut both ends and put them in a glass of water and then keep them that way for the whole night. Drinking the water in the morning can reduce your sugar levels. There are many people, who practice this therapy. Lady’s finger is considered to be one among the super foods that can resist cancer and diabetes.
Lady’s finger is effective against constipation, cholesterol and obesity. It can curb ulcer and help hair growth and is good for healthy skin. However, those who are suffering from kidney stones or acidity problems should not use too many lady’s fingers, as their acid content is high.
Tender lady’s fingers, free from pest attacks, are the ideal ones. Wash the vegetable thoroughly before cutting them. After washing, drain out the water completely. Adding curd or tomato or lime juice while cooking can help remove the slime of the vegetable. Cutting them into large parts and adding salt at the halfway of cooking also will help to get rid of the slime.
Here is a recipe for preparing Lady’s finger salad, which also retains all its vital contents.
Tomato - 2
Onion - 1
Green chilly - 3
Lady’s finger - 15
Cucumber –- 1
Powdered pepper -1 small spoon
Lemon juice - 1 small spoon
Coriander leaves - 2 large spoons (minced)
How to prepare?
Put the lady’s finger into water at boiling point, and allow it to simmer for another four minutes.
Take out the boiled vegetable and dip it in cool water. Keep it aside to dry.
Cut the lady’s finger and other vegetables and add lemon juice, coriander leaves and powdered pepper with the vegetables and stir for some time; now the salad is ready to use.
If needed, you can also add two spoons of olive oil.
Energy – 35 kcal
Total fiber-3.2 g
Fat -.2 g
Total folic acid-105.1 mg
Vitamin c-13 mg
Vitamin K-31.3 mg
Vitamin E-.27 mg
Calcium- 66 mg