Littel-gourds are rich in iron, fibre, vitamins C and B complex, and are low in calories. They also contain sodium, potassium and are high in water content. They help battle "water retention, inflammation, "digestive disorders", "flatulence" and "hypertension". They aid weight loss and have a cooling effect on the system.
These are used in making curries, "sabjis", juices, and are used as main course accompaniments.