....and of course a little cooking oil, salt and sugar to taste.
Steps...firstly, fry the shallots, garlics and chillies till fragrant. Then, pop in the soya bean paste. Mix well and then put in the small shrimps. Lastly the cut bittergourds. Add some salt and sugar to taste. Wait till the bittergourds are half-cooked (my style, to maintain the crunchiness) and the gravy thickens.
Last but not the least, enjoy!!
A little info about the nutritional benefits of eating bitter gourds
Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.
Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.