Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

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Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup is my one-pot bowl of goodness and nutrition. I have to thank my blogger friend, Amritha Srinath for this recipe. This recipe is one of her treasures on her blog on soups. I fell in love instantly with the recipe and made it the same day. Lauki is an excellent vegetable for losing weight and for keeping your weight loss goals. It is easy on the digestive system as well. Carrot is also full of fibre and is a great combo with the bottle gourd. For this delightful soup recipe you just have to cook all the ingredients together in a pressure cooker; then blend to a smooth consistency with the few herbs and spices.

During winters, this soup is a real comforter. Warm and filling, it helps you detox and have a fresh, sumptuous meal.  But I never liked Lauki. If you had asked me to drink bottle gourd soup, a few years ago I would have baulked at the idea. But now that I am aware of its benefits, I have added it to my regular menu.

Healthy Soups

Soups make great dinners as they are wholesome, filling and nutritious. I have a delicate tummy and hence I have light dinners. Soup with garlic bread or just plain toast is soothing for my stomach. Lauki is full of water and hence makes you feel fuller for a longer time. The carrot and the tomatoes add the slight sweet and tangy taste to the soup.

 Carrots can be combined with any other vegetable for soups and bottle gourd and tomatoes seem perfect for a naturally thick, rich soup. I added just black pepper and cardamom to the original recipe.

Check out recipes of my favorite soups- Vegan Beetroot Soup with Coconut Milk. Hot and Sour Soup, Fresh Veg Corn soup.

Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

Veggies for Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 small Bottle Gourd Peeled and cubed

2 carrots peeled and cubed

1 or 2 Tomatoes chopped

4 Garlic Cloves sliced

½ inch piece of Ginger finely chopped

1 Onion chopped

2 Cloves

1 Bay Leaf

2 cardamoms

Salt to taste

1/4th tsp pepper

Oregano or Mixed herbs

3 cups of Water

1 tsp of Butter

1 tbsp Fresh Cream

Sugar/Jaggery optional

Coriander for garnishing

METHOD

Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

Firstly, wash, peel and chop all the veggies; carrot, bottle gourd, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and onions.

Next, take a pressure cooker and add the butter.

Now, throw in the dry spices; clove, cardamom, bay leaf followed by the ginger garlic and onion.

Sauté well and add the cubed carrots, bottle gourd and tomatoes.

Mix well and add the water. Pressure cook for 2 whistles.

Turn off, let the pressure go down. Remove the bay leaf and puree the boiled vegetables with a hand blender.

Subsequently, turn on the flame and add the salt, pepper, sugar and mixed herbs.

Pour into a soup bowl and drizzle the cream.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve piping hot Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup with toast or garlic bread.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla, and generously SPONSORED BY Bugshield Clothing – Don’t be Bugged!

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Instructions
  1. Firstly, wash, peel and chop all the veggies; carrot, bottle gourd, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and onions.
  2. Next, take a pressure cooker and add the butter.
  3. Now, throw in the dry spices; clove, cardamom, bay leaf followed by the ginger garlic and onion.
  4. Sauté well and add the cubed carrots, bottle gourd and tomatoes.
  5. Mix well and add the water. Pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  6. Turn off, let the pressure go down. Remove the bay leaf and puree the boiled vegetables with a hand blender.
  7. Subsequently, turn on the flame and add the salt, pepper, sugar and mixed herbs.
  8. Pour into a soup bowl and drizzle the cream.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve piping hot Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup with toast or garlic bread.
Recipe Notes
  1. Add veggies of your choice
  2. Add olive oil or ghee instead of butter
  3. Cook in a pan or cooker
  4. Add vegetable stock or water
  5. Add spices of your choice.

Cream of Carrot and Bottle Gourd Soup

Harjeet Kaur

Harjeet Kaur

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

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Comments 23

  1. Never thought of combining Carrot and Dudhi. Looks like an interesting combination that will be delicious and filling. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Oh I loved the recipe .I am going to make this for my daughter.

  3. Amazing recipes! I never tried them.before! Would love to have it. Thanks for the share.

  4. Suhasini I.P. says:

    You have really amazing recipes in your kitty Harjeet. Loved this one and am going to try it out for sure

  5. Manisha Garg says:

    This would be a totally new combination for me to try, but I enjoy soups a lot.

  6. Shahira says:

    Thanks a tonne for sharing this recipe. I never knew we could make such yummy soups from bottle gourd. I should give it a try

  7. Raunica says:

    Never thought of this combination and your soup picture is so appetizing. It just warms you to the core.

  8. Supriti Garg says:

    now i know how to sneak bottle gourd in my son’s diet. thank u for this easy peasy recipe that is equally nutirious.

  9. Super yummlicious soup recipe. I use to make carrot and tomato soup almost everyday during winters will try it with bottle gourd this time.

  10. Vasumathi says:

    Sounds like a yum soup made from such simple ingredients. Ideal of the chilly evening in Bangalore now! Some garlic bread with it would make it a great dinner option as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. Thanks for sharing this delicious soup recipe. And I hope you are doing well now 🙂

  12. Madhu Bindra says:

    We often have this when we want to have something light for dinner. I use beetroot, it gives a lovely color. Thank you for the recipe Harjeet. I really like the recipes you share. They is quite a variety. I will try this soup next time.

  13. Looks like a perfect n enjoyable winter evenings soup 🙂 Thankyou for sharing harpreet shall definitely give it a try 😊

  14. Monidipa says:

    Carrot and Dudhi together? Ok, the recipe sounds good and yummy. I’ll try it out!

  15. Abha Mondal says:

    I am definitely going to try this soup recipe. Super easy and healthy and I am sure delicious too. My husband made lauki soup for me once and added Maggie masala into this and really liked that too.

  16. Ritu Bindra says:

    I love bottle gourd and we often make this soup. It is very light and perfect for dinner. Adding carrots and dry spices is a great idea. Thank you for sharing another interesting recipe.

  17. Bhawna Shah says:

    Its really amazing and a must-try soup. Thanks for sharing an innovative soup with us.

    • Sounds like a yum soup made from such simple ingredients. Ideal of the chilly evening in Bangalore now! Some garlic bread with it would make it a great dinner option as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  18. Jyoti says:

    Amazing recipes! Your every recipe is worth a try !!. Would love to have it. Thanks for the share.

  19. Priyanka Chhabria says:

    Few years back my fil wasn’t well and this soup was perfect to get his strength back. I also added spinach to it and sometimes cashews too. It’s yummy and healthy

  20. Aishwarya Sandeep says:

    Bottle Gourd is a constant at our home. I will definately try to make the same.

  21. Thanks for trying this soup recipe Harjeet and tagging me here. I am so glad you loved making and having it. It is indeed filled with so much goodness. We love it at home too. Btw, the pictures look so yummy!

  22. Your pictures are making me drool I have some bottle gourd in my fridge and I know what I’m making tomorrow. Thank you

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