Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Bottle gourd soup

Bottle gourd or lauki or dudhi is amazing vegetable with tons of health benefits. It is rich in iron, vitamins, fibers and yet low in fat. It is light on stomach so very good for people who wants to lose weight.

If you have had a heavy meal or party previous day, have this for your dinner and you will balance out your weight gain.

This soup is very good for people with stomach problems.

Once again pick and mix what you want to add for flavour.

Bottle gourd: 1 small or 1/2 large
Tomato: 1 medium
Yellow split mung dal:1/2 cup
Ginger: 1 inch
Salt to taste

For garnish:
Freshly crushed pepper
Lime juice
Cumin seeds

Wash and cut bottle gourd with the skin on.
Wash and rough chop tomato. Rough chop ginger after peeling the skin off.

Add everything in the cooker and add 1/2 cup of water. Pressure cook until 3-4 pressures on medium heat.
Let the cooker cool off and open it when it is safe to open.

Using hand blender make a smooth paste. I am not going to filter any fibers. You can do it if you wish.
Add salt to taste, pepper, lime juice, asafoetida, cumin seeds and mix well.

Heat on medium flame for one boil and serve hot. Garnish more pepper if you wish. You will surely love it.

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