September 20, 2016

Bottlegourd Soup topped with Caramelised Onions | Easy soup recipes for kids

Bottle gourd : one of the most-hated vegetable in Kids' food dictionary (and most adults' too :D). Till my marriage, I didn't eat it too. Now I buy it regularly but sneak it in as a paratha / Muthia / Halwakofta.

But one particular evening saw me viewing this weight-loss aiding veggie in a new avatar (now you know why I am (need to be) partial to that, dont u ? :p). So I made two new dishes with Bottlegourd and loved it :)

One was this wonderful soup - my kids could never guess it was made of Bottle gourd. And, its a great meal to have between lunch and dinner (around 5ish) to fill you up with that fibre and (hopefully) eat less at dinner :). The other (new) dish I made with this veggie will feature sometime soon !!

Calabash / Doodhi / Lauki / Bottlegourd / Sorekai / Sorakaaya : whatever the name, this water-rich veggie makes a wonderful base for this soup. The caramelised onions were an afterthought but definitely added a new texture to the otherwise bland soup, so dont skip that part :)


Bottle gourd soup - perfect appetiser (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Prep time : 10 mins , cook time : 15 mins, Serves : 2~3

Ingredients:
  • Doodhi / Bottlegourd - 220 gms
  • Moong dal / split green gram - 4 TBSP
  • Onion - 1 large
  • Almonds - 3-4 (opt. if you want to make this nut free)
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil - 1 TBSP
Toppings:
  • Caramelised onions
  • Chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed black pepper
Method:
  1. Peel, cube the gourd. Pressure cook with moong dal, almonds, onions + 2 cups of water for 2 whistles.
  2. Cool and puree. Strain if required (I used it as is to up the fibre content).
  3. Add salt , olive oil & crushed black pepper. Simmer for 2 -3 mins. Serve hot topped with caramelised onions and any other seasonings. 





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16 comments:

  1. Wow I would have never imagined a bottle gourd soup to be so delicious..almond and caramelized onions..super Kalyani.

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  2. Loving the soup series Kalyani.

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  3. Even I am not very keen on cooking bottle gourd. I buy it rarely as no one touches it. This soup looks like a nice way to sneak it into kid's diet..

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  4. I never tried soup with bottle gourd. Couple of days ago Sowmya posted and now you. I am trying this soup when it gets cold here.

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  5. Never tried soup with bottle gourd,sounds like an interesting soup.Addition of moong dhal makes it more richer..

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  6. Thats an interesting soup, i have tried bottlegourd in soup but not this way, love the addition of moongdal here.

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  7. That Soup bowl is so...comforting and drives me crazy. Can see the deliciousness through the pic. Bottlegourd is great for weightloss and I love to try this soup soon.

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  8. That sounds like an amazing soup and love the way you captured it.

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  9. Love this mild and yummy soup made with bottlegourd.

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  10. That is such a healthy soup! Bookmarked!

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  11. Wow I love this one too Kalyani. Its beautifully pictured.

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  12. What a fantastic way to include this veggie in the diet..the bowl looks amazing with those onions as well!

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  13. Even I couldn't believe that bottle gourd could taste so good, that too in soup version. Yours looks gorgeous!

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  14. I love bottlegourd and am sure would love this soup.Nice one

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  15. its high time for me to switch my diet to soups , this series looks like a perfect place to start...moong and bottle gourd are super fat burning foods, u would know for sure...the soup looks amazing

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  16. The caramelized onion is a winning name in this dish. My older one loves them and he would finish that bowl in no time.

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Kalyani

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