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Ash Gourd: The Healing Benefits of Winter Melon

Ash Gourd: The Healing Benefits of Ash Gourd Juice

Ash Gourd (Winter Melon)
Learn all about white gourd, healing potential In Ayurveda of drinking winter melon juice for health and wellbeing.

Ash gourd, is known by several vernacular names such as “Petha” in Hindi, “Boodida Gummadi” in Telugu, “Neer Poosanikai” in Tamil, and “Kumbalam” in Malayalam.



Petha (Winter Melon) has been praiseworthy for its significant medicinal values since ancient times and is widely documented in Ayurvedic texts. The Yogis of India have long regarded wax gourd as one of the most naturally energizing foods due to its high quotient of “prana”, or vital life energy. 

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This healing vegetable is widely used in cooking a variety of staple Indian dishes such as kootu, curry, sabzi, and dal, besides sweets and candies called petha. The therapeutic and remedial traits offered by the vegetable include alleviating illnesses of the stomach, liver, and skin, removing toxins from the body, to name a few.


Ash gourd has plenty of nutrition abounding in a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and B-complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. It is also a valuable source of minerals like iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.  The gourd also provides a good amount of protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber. It facilitates key metabolic functions in the body. It inherently has high water content providing a cooling effect on the body, having zero cholesterol. 

Ash Gourd, Curative Vegetable Wonder

This remarkable green vegetable wonder provides valuable curative properties for conditions such as fever, jaundice, and diabetes. It has noteworthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, due to the presence of beneficial plant compounds like flavonoids and carotenoids. In addition, the juice of winter melon gourd absorbs all the toxins, germs, and contamination accumulated in the body. 

Being an effective anti-inflammatory, white gourd juice actually reduces bone and muscle pain and heals joint disorders such as arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, and fractures. Moreover heals hair and scalp disorders like dandruff and bald patches.

This juice is also beneficial for people suffering from constipation.

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Beat the Heat with White Pumpkin

Ash Gourd Juice Recipe
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Wax gourd or winter melon or white pumpkin has a cooling effect on the body. Incorporating this into your diet is a simple way to beat the heat, enjoy a powerful energy boost and add tasty variety to salads, juices, snacks, and even sweets. 

Winter Melon Benefits

  • Drinking one glass of ash gourd juice in the morning adds a tremendous amount of coolness to the body, while at the same time it brings alertness into you. Daily consumption of petha greatly enhances your intellectual capabilities.
  • Consumption of winter melon brings an enormous amount of energy, at the same time it keeps your nerves very calm.
  • People with pitta body who have excess heat in the body should consume a little bit of white gourd juice, to cool down the system. This can keep the problems at bay like boils, piles (hemorrhoids), and constipation problems.

Ash Gourd Recipes

White Gourd Juice

White pumpkin, 4-5 inch sized – 1
Lemon juice – 6 tsp
Black pepper powder – 3 tsp
Salt – 3 tsp

Cut, remove skin and seeds
Blend to a smooth puree
Add lemon juice, black pepper powder and salt

White Pumpkin Raita (Poosanikai thayir pachadi recipe)

White Pumpkin Raita or Poosanikai Thayir Pachadi
White Pumpkin Raita or Poosanikai Thayir Pachadi

Grate ash gourd and mix with plain yogurt, add lemon or lime juice, salt, black pepper, and a sprinkling of roasted cumin seeds. (Raita makes a great contrasting accompaniment to any spicy Indian or Mexican dish)

Lime and Winter Melon Cooler
Juice 2-3 cups of white gourd in a juicer, add fresh lime juice and salt to taste. Blend in a sprig of mint or cilantro for a fresh twist.

Petha Halwa

Ash Gourd Halwa Recipe
Petha Halwa Recipe

It’s one of the tastiest sweet made using ash gourd. Its low calorie, low carb, high water, and high fiber may promote digestive health and help you maintain a healthy weight. Click here for this simple, nutritious, and delicious ash gourd halwa recipe.

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