Bottle Gourd Soup Recipe
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Bottle gourd soup or lauki soup is an easy soup recipe with a bottle gourd and moong dal base and very simply spiced with cumin and pepper.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed bottle gourd
  • ¾ cup moong dal
  • ½ cup cubed onions
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or 3-4 flakes of garlic)
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash, peel, and cube the bottle gourd. I used a pressure cooker to make the soup so didn't make the pieces or even or very small. If you plan to use a covered pan on the stovetop, then cut the bottle gourd into smaller pieces for quicker cooking
  2. Wash the moong dal and place in the pressure pan with about 1.5 cups water
  3. Add the cubed bottle gourd and onions along with the garlic to the pressure pan
  4. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. If you are cooking in a regular pot, simmer covered on low heat until the bottle gourd and moong dal are cooked soft
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until smooth. Add more water if the soup is too thick
  6. Add salt and lemon juice, mix well
  7. The seasoning I used is roasted and powdered cumin seeds with some freshly cracked black pepper. You can add as much as or as little as you'd like. Keep some to add just before serving
  8. Serve soup hot with some crusty bread or a side salad
Recipe by Edible Garden at