Bottle gourd soup is a healthy, easy and delicious soup prepared using minimal ingredients. This can be served as breakfast along with toast or as an evening drink during dieting days. Addition of this veggie in our regular diet is an excellent option during weight loss, as it contains 96 percentage of water. In this recipe, I did not strain the puree before boiling it with salt and pepper but it can also be strained.
2 Cups Bottle gourd, grated
3 Garlic pods
1/4 Tsp Jeera powder / Cumin Powder
1 1/2 Cups Water
Salt to taste
1/4 Tsp Pepper powder
For Croutons :
3 Whole wheat bread
Add grated bottle gourd along with garlic pods and jeera powder in a pressure cooker.
Add the measured water and pressure cook it for 5 whistles.
Switch off the flame and cool till the pressure gets released.
Once done, blend the cooked bottle gourd using blender or mixie jar.
Transfer the puree to the cooker and add salt and pepper.
Boil it again for couple of minutes in a medium flame.
Once done, serve it in a soup bowl and garnish with croutons.
For croutons, just place the whole wheat bread in a microwave for about 1 1/2 to 2 mins and it will turn crispy.
Remove and cut into cube shape and serve it as an accompaniment.