Monday, July 14, 2008

Lauki Soup

I was inspired to put up this post today (despite my recent post of Ribbed Gourd Thoran yesterday) by the post for Dal Lauki by Priti. This is the first time I am going to be participating for an event in the blogosphere.

I hope my entry to VoW-Vegetable of the Week-Bottle Gourd is accepted. The first thing I did was check the rules, and go through Pooja's blog for the last date to send in the entries. I am so glad today is 14th July, and I did not miss the last date.


It so happened that I had made Lauki Soup on Friday, 11th July, for my daughter's birthday. She loves vegetable soup, and it being her birthday, I made her favorite dishes (sambhar, bhindi, soup, payasam) only. I always take pictures of the dishes I make, so it is useful for a blog entry later:-), and I am so happy I can now post it here, as part of the event.

You will need:

Lauki - peeled and cut into large cubes (no need to deseed) - 1 large bottle gourd or 4 cups
Onion - chopped - 1
Tomatoes - chopped - 2
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 2 tbsp
Garlic - peeled and pounded - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - chopped - to garnish
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp - a pinch (for colour)
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp (for colour too)
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

Method:
  • Pressure cook the bottle gourd pieces, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic into with 1.5 cups of water (3-4 whistles)
  • Cool and grind the same (with any water left) along with the powders and salt in the mixer
  • Pour into a pan and heat on low flame to a light boil and keep stirring
  • Add pepper and garnish with coriander leaves
Serve hot in soup bowl

28 comments:

Priti said...

Umm Lauki Soup...looks delicious..now this is a new dish for me...very nice..& Thanks for nice words..it's gud to know am inspiring anyone :)

Raaga said...

this is so new to me

A&N said...

Looks healthy and nutririous! And yes I havent heard of Lauki soup before! Thanks for the recipe :)

Usha said...

Hi This is my first visit to your blog,you have a nice one,this is a new soup,never heard of it before,looks delicious too.....:)

Laavanya said...

I'm seeing such innovative dishes with lauki - thanks to this event. My daughter loves soups too.. must give this a shot.

Pooja said...

That is one soothing soup. I just loved the recipe . People like you are really good to know :).
I hate when someone just send in the link to me without mentioning anything or taking time to even read the rules, and even without writing anything in subject .

Hope your daughter had a nice birthday party :) . And welcome to food blogging events :). Hugs to you.

TBC said...

Making a soup out of lauki...that is such a nice idea!

Sujatha said...

Good idea and very creative! Looks yummy! I'm sure your daughter would have loved it :)

Sagari said...

soup with bottlegourd sounds yummmmmmm

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

yummy soup .. its a new dish for me .. very healthy too

Shreya said...

Priti - thanks!:-)

Raaga - Hope you will try it. My mother makes this often, and she also makes lauki juice with mint leaves (part of her vegetable-juice-had-early-in-the-morning routine). Will post that recipe sometime here

A&N - Thanks! It is healthy, and bottle gourd is supposed to help control cholesterol. There is no use of oil in this recipe.

Usha - Thank you, and please keep visiting:-)

Laavanya - I am sure your daughter will love this soup:-)

Shreya said...

Pooja, thank you so much for your kind words. Hugs to you too:-) I hope I can participate in many more blog events. Will need lots of encouragement! My daughter loved her party:-)

Shreya said...

TBC - Thanks:-) It is my mother's recipe! I will thank her for this.

Sujatha - Yes, my daughter had two bowls, second mixed with rice! Thanks.

Sagari, Vegetable Platter - thank you!

Sireesha said...

Louki soup sounds delicious ,healthy and yummy..Never made soup with lauki before .....will try now.......

Uma said...

wow, what a beautiful soup! Lovely presentation too. Belated birthday wishes to your daughter.

Grace said...

this just screams "comfort." it looks and sounds absolutely delicious! :)

Madhavi said...

WOW lauki soup, awesome entry and soup looks greatttt!!!

Maheswari said...

Yum soup..i bet your daughter must have loved it.Belated birthday wishes to her.

Jayashree said...

Lovely looking soup.....a healthy and colourful entry.....

niya said...

Hi Shreya

Thanks a lot for the lovely comment.

'' Sadya'' photo's wonderful. Waiting for ''Ona Sadya '' in vazhayila.......

Cheers

Have a nice day

Anali said...

Hi Shreya! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your soup looks delicious. I've never heard of Lauki before and now I'm intrigued.

vandana rajesh said...

great looking soup...like the color. This is truly a nice innovative recipe.

Bharti said...

What a fiber rich soup.It's so good to read that your child like sher veggies!

Shreya said...

Hi Sireesha - please do let me know how you like it after you try it out
Uma, Grace, Madhavi, Maheswari, Jayashree, Anali, Vandana, - Thanks so much!
Niya - Thanks.I hope my mother will be here with me for Onam, then I will definitely post all the Sadya recipes:-)
Bharti - Thank you. Well, there are a lot of vegetables my daughter does not eat, like karela, cabbage, peas, and beans. She hates onions, and picks them out of every dish, quite unnerving at times!

SriLekha said...

its a different recipe for me... looking delicious

Raja said...

That is a great soup, I made it yesterday evening for me, my wife and a friend who spontaneously came over... we all loved it, so I am sure that I will make it again! Thanks for the recipe! :-)

Shreya said...

Thanks Raja!:-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the direction! I used your recipe as a reference for my first attempt with bottle gourd soup! and we loved it!