Lauki Soup (bottle gourd)

Lauki/dudhi/ghiya and a million other name, bottle gourd features in a variety of dishes from soups to mains to desserts. I have never been fond of this except in two preparations – chutney curry and Bohri style halwa.

When your fussy teenager is disappointed thay there isn’t enough soup for her, you know this recipe is a hit. She has specifically asked me to make this soup again soon.¬†


1 cup peeled cubed bottle gourd
1 onion
5 garlic flakes
1 TSP mixed herbs
1/2 tsp pepper
1.5 cup water

  1. Take the bottle gourd, onion and garlic in a pan with the water, heat it on SIM covered and let it steam for 15 mins or till the lauki is soft.
  2. Let it cool then strain it, keeping the residue liquid aside.
  3. Grind the veggies to a fine paste.
  4. Heat a pan, add the puree and liquid. Adjust consistency.
  5. Add salt, herbs and pepper as per taste.
  6. Bring to a boil and shut gas. Serve warm