Rajan loves cooking dishes from his native Indian cuisine. He likes to share his favourite recipes with his online readers.
Lauki, or bottle gourd, is a very healthy vegetable, so it makes sense to incorporate it into your diet. The following recipe gives this vegetable a starring role in a creamy and delicious soup. It is a very simple yet tasty soup that requires only a few basic ingredients.
Try this soup and share your experience.
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- 250 grams lauki (bottle gourd), peeled and chopped. taste the lauki to ensure it is not bitter
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1/2 cup (or as needed) water, for boiling
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup (or as needed) water, for thinning the soup
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh cream
- black pepper powder, for garnish
- roasted jeera (cumin seed powder), for garnish
- Heat a pan over low heat. Add in butter and oil and let the butter melt.
- Raise the heat to medium. Add the chopped onions and saute until light pink.
- Lower the heat to low. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes away.
- Add the chopped bottle gourd and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep heat on low. Cook for 5 minutes; then add 1/2 cup water and cover again. Cook until it is soft.
- Strain out the water, spread the bottle gourd on a plate and let it cool down completely. Then blend it to a fine puree using the strained-out water.
- Transfer the bottle gourd puree to a pan and add the milk. Keep the heat on medium and mix well. Add the black pepper powder and salt. Mix well and add 1/2 cup water to thin it down. Stir to mix then raise the heat to medium-high and let it come to a boil. Lower the heat to low and simmer-cook it for 3-4 minutes.
- Bottle gourd soup is ready. Transfer to serving bowls, garnish with black pepper powder and roasted cumin seed powder and serve.
Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Soup Recipe
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