Bottle gourd/doodhi/louki/gheeya/ soup

Bottle gourd soup or lauki ka soup is generally not a welcome soup by family members. Generally it is given to sick persons for them to gain strength and to keep the digestion in control.

But have you ever tried bottle gourd soup with tomatoesūüćÖ ūüćÖ.

Tomatoes add wonderful flavor to the soup along with shallots.

Bottle gourd and tomato combo goes very well. If I prepare bottle gourd in simple curry form or with chana daal, then I add tomato puree in it. In Louki ke kofte ki sabzi Lauki ke kofte ki sabzi (grated bottle gourd dumplings in curry)  also we use tomatoes for puree. With the addition of tomatoes no one is going to say no to this wonderful, nutritious soup. But if because of some health reasons or unavailability of tomatoes you are not able to add tomatoes, add some lemon juice in the soup. Lemon juice also helps in enhancing the taste of bottle gourd.

I have a few more soup posts in the blog. If you are interested, can check them also…

Tomato Soup

Carrot tomato soup

Ingredients:

Bottle gourd 200 gm

Tomatoes 100 gm

Shallots 40 gm

Butter 1 - 2 tbsp (optional)

Salt as per your taste.

Black pepper as per your taste.

Water 4 – 5 cups

Some points to remember:

  1. Try to avoid ripen bottle gourd which has big seeds in it. Select complete raw bottle gourd.
  2. Vegetable stock can be used along with water. But I preferred to use only water as it helped in enhancing the taste of tomatoes, shallots and bottle gourd.
  3. Generally cornflour is used to increase thickness in soups. But because of nice pulp of bottle gourd, this soup was anyhow quite thick. So we don’t need to add cornflour.
  4. Regular onions can also be used in place of shallots.
  5. Cream can be added during serving to enhance the taste and flavor.

Process:

Wash all three veggies and peel shallots and onion. Next, chop all in small pieces.

In a pan or pressure cooker boil them in one cup of water and 1/8th tsp salt till all veggies become soft.

After boiling, grind them in a mixer and sieve the pulp to avoid seeds in soup. Add rest of the water to this thick pulp and boil it on sim heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Add butter and salt and pepper according to your taste.

Serve hot soup with croutons or bread sticks and enjoy your winter evening!

 

Tomato Soup

Tomato is a great versatile fruit or vegetable. They are kept in fruit category, but I always find it odd to call it fruit. Just like all other vegetables we add tomatoes in salads, they enhance the flavor of vegetables and they can be cooked separate in the form of chutney,  dips, stuffed , roasted and of course as soup. I guess tomato soup is one of the easiest soup to be prepared by anyone. Just boil, sieve, cook and add your choice of flavours. My favorite flavor with tomato is mint, but  basil also works very well. When I was young, during winter my father used to give us 4-5 fresh basil leaves to eat everyday as a protection cover from cold. So now, in my tomato soup I add home grown dry and fresh basil leaves. It gives beautiful warm flavor to soup!

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Adding flavors in a soup is completely an individual choice, so you can try basil, mint, ginger, cinnamon, garlic or any other ingredient of your choice.

Ingredients :

5               Big size tomatoes

1 cup         Water (for boiling)

1 +1/2 tsp          Salt

1 tsp          black pepper powder

1/2 tsp       dry basil powder

8-10            fresh basil leaves

Water        1 +1/2  cup

Process :

Wash and cut big pieces of tomatoes and boil them in one cup of water.

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After boiling let them cool down in a bowl, later grind them in a mixer and sieve the pulp.

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Add 1+1/2 cups of water and salt and boil this pulp on sim heat for 15 minutes.

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After 15 minutes switch off gas, add black pepper powder and dry basil powder. While serving add fresh basil leaves.

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Carrot tomato soup

Hot soups and winter go together!! We don’t need any occasion for soup, though if you are suffering with bad cold, drink any hot soup and take a long afternoon nap – you will feel much better.

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During winter season when kids are back from school you can serve them hot soup accompanied by any bread, toast or sandwich. Apoorva loves to have her favorite cheese sandwich with soup and now as bright red sweet carrots are available in Bangalore, I decided to prepare carrot tomato soup flavoured with dry and fresh mint leaves!

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Ingredients :

200 gm carrots
300 gm tomatoes
1 cup water for boiling
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Salt 1+1/4tsp
Dry mint powder
Fresh mint leaves
2 cups water

Process :

Chop carrots and tomatoes and boil them with 1 cup of water till carrots become soft.

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After boiling, let them cool down and later grind in mixer.

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Sieve the pulp in a strainer, add 2 cups of water and boil this for 10-15 minutes on sim heat. Add salt.

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Once soup is done, transfer it in a serving bowl and add dry mint powder and black pepper powder.

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The  color of soup will slightly change by adding black pepper and dry mint powder. While serving in soup bowls you can add some more dry mint powder and cream.

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