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Spinygourd (Kankada) – 500gm


Botanical Name: Momordica dioica
Sanskrit: karkotaki
Hindi : kakoda
Odiya : Kankada
Tamil : mezhuku-pakal
Bengali: kakrol or ghi korola
Gujrati: Kankoda
Sinhalese: Thumba’ or ‘Thumba Karavila’
Marathi: Kartole
Konkani : Phagil/Phagala
Nepalese : chattel
Kannada :mada haagala kaayi
Chhattisgarh: Kheksi

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Spiny gourd or Kankada is available across most parts of India during monsoons. Some may know it is as kekrol, kakrol, bhat karela, korola, kartoli, kantola or some other name, but one cannot deny the health benefits of this vegetable. It belongs to the bitter gourd family but is not as bitter in taste even with the skin on.

Let’s have a look at the Health Benefits of the Kankada Vegetable

  • Reduces blood sugar level in diabetic patients
  • Reduces the chances of cancer
  • Helps anti-aging
  • Improves eyesight
  • Reduces excess sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  • High in fiber and anti-oxidants and thus very useful for easy digestion
  • Lactating mothers can eat this veggie to decrease the problem of vomiting in infants.
  • Great source of phytonutrients and low in calories

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