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Bottle Gourd and Tomato Soup Recipe

Perfect warming soup on a cold winter day or a light soup for the summer! Bottle gourd and tomato soup.

Bottle Gourd and Tomato Soup Recipe


Serves – 4 to 5

  • Bottle gourd lauki, ghiya) – half of one big (or ½ kg)
  • Tomatoes – 3 to 4 medium
  • Ginger – ½ inch , peeled
  • Whole black peppercorns - 6
  • Onion – 1 medium
  • Fresh coriander (cilantro) – 2 tbsp – to grind or chopped
  • Butter – 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Tomato ketchup – 1 to 2 tbsp – optional
  • Salt and crushed black pepper – to taste

To serve,

Garlic toast, cheese toast, bread sticks


  1. Wash, peel and dice lauki. Roughly chop tomatoes, onion.
  2. In a pressure cooker put bottle gourd, tomato, onion, ginger, whole peppercorns, 4 cups water. Cook up to 1 whistle and then lower flame and cook another 5 mins or till cooked. Remove from heat. Let pressure drop, then open lid.
  3. Cool the cooked mixture. Then blend to puree in mixer/blender. When blending you may add the coriander leaves if desired.
  4. Strain blended mixture. Pour puree into saucepan. Bring to boil. Add butter salt, pepper powder, sugar, ketchup if adding. Add chopped coriander if not added when grinding.
  5. Stir and simmer for few minutes.

Serve hot.


1. Bottle gourd does not need to much time to be cooked. You may even cook the vegetables in a saucepan till cooked instead of a pressure cooker.

2. The soup tastes good even on its own without any accompaniments. You may even serve the soup alongside a simple pulao for a complete meal.

3. Vegans can skip butter.

4. Instead of regular white sugar, try adding some Demerara sugar for a more intense flavor.

Posted by Prathima Rao