Ampalaya with Black Beans is a delicious and healthy bitter melon vegetable dish with beef and salted black beans (tausi). Ampalaya is best consume when crisp with a bit of crunch when you bite into it. Due to its bitterness, some people are deterred into eating this healthy veggie. Soak it in warm water with salt and bitterness can be reduce.
Cooking with salted black beans gives any dish a savory flavor. Aside from the usual Ginisang Ampalaya, try this easy and simple Ampalaya with Black Beans recipe. Salted black beans pairs well with amapalaya, fish, meat and seafood.
Flu is prevalent at this time of year and it is best to load up in vegetables loaded with vitamin C. Ampalaya, also known as bittermelon is a good source of Vitamin C and apart from that it has many other health benefits.
How to Reduce Ampalaya’s Bitterness
First, wash and cut ampalaya in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and the white stuff. Slice diagonally about 1/3 an inch thick. In a big bowl, warm water in the microwave (not too hot) and stir-in salt. For 2 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon salt. Fully submerge sliced ampalaya in this mixture for about ½ an hour or longer before cooking.
Drain water and place it in running cold water to get rid of the salt. Now, it is ready for cooking. Pat dry with paper towel.
How to Cook Ampalaya with Black Beans (Tausi)
More Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) Vegetable Dish
- 1 medium sized bitter melon
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ½ pound beef sliced thinly
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 thumb ginger julienned
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons salted black beans tausi, discard liquid
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 teaspoon water mix
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Soak bitter melon in warm water with salt for at least 30 minutes or longer.
- Marinate beef in 1 teaspoon soy sauce & 2 teaspoons cornstarch for 1 hour in the fridge.
- In a pan, heat oil over medium – low heat.
- Fry bitter melon for 30 to 45 seconds each side. Remove from pan. Set aside.
- On the same pan, saute beef until light brown. Remove and set aside.
- Saute onion, ginger and garlic.
- Stir-in black beans (tausi). Cook for a minute.
- Toss-in beef and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
- Add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and ½ teaspoon sugar.
- Add ½ cup water.
- Dilute 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 teaspoon water.
- Pour over mixture to thicken sauce.
- Stir-in bitter melon for a minute.
- Turn off heat and transfer dish to a serving plate so bitter melon does not overcook.
- Serve hot with lots of rice. Enjoy!
Keep ampalaya (bitter melon) crisp with a crunch, not overcooked.