bottle gourd soup recipe | lauki soup recipe | dudhi soup recipe

bottle gourd soup recipe with step by step photos. here comes a creamy and yummy bottle gourd soup. courtesy my spanish friend S. so this one’s a spanish recipe for making gourd soup.

bottle gourd soup

usually in spain they make this soup with zucchini/courgettes. but my friend one day made this soup with bottle gourd and the result was an amazing, thick, rich, creamy and nutritious bottle gourd soup. she shared this lauki soup recipe with me and i made the soup recipe a couple of times. i want to share this as most of us do not like bottle gourd and that includes me too. this recipe will change that for folks who do not like bottle gourd as it has done for me.

i love bottle gourd in this form. its also excellent for children and old people as bottle gourd has a lot of health benefits. bottle gourd is also known as lauki, ghiya, dudhi in india.

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the bottle gourd soup can be served with bread, rice or as a starter. you could even have it as a brunch or a light night meal. also you could make the same recipe with zucchini/courgettes.

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bottle gourd soup

4.88 from 8 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):5 soup bowls
bottle gourd soup recipe, lauki soup recipe
dudhi soup recipe - thick, rich, creamy and nutritious soup made with bottle gourd.
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 long bottle gourd (lauki or ghia or dudhi)
  • 2 onions or 4-5 scallions
  • 4 to 5 garlic (lahsun)
  • 2 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste


preparation to make bottle gourd soup

  • rinse the bottle gourd in enough water and peel it. chop the bottle gourd and put it in a pan.
  • chop the onions and garlic and also add it to the same pan.
  • add enough water just about covering the chopped gourd, onions and garlic.
  • cover the pan and steam the veggies for 15-20 mins.
  • now let the veggies and stock cool.

making bottle gourd soup

  • in a blender or food processor blend the veggies. but keep the stock aside.
  • in another pan now heat the olive oil. add the pureed bottle gourd, onion, garlic.
  • flavor it with the dry herbs and black pepper and salt.
  • add the stock to get the consistency you want and simmer for 5-6 mins.
  • before you switch off the fire add the cream cheese. instead of cream cheese you could add some cream and also some cheese.
  • give the bottle gourd soup a swirl and serve the soup hot with bread.
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lets begin bottle gourd soup or lauki soup recipe

1. rinse the bottle gourd or lauki in enough water and peel it…. and what do you do with the peels…. you could make a fab coconut chutney with the peels and there you have a bottle gourd peels chutney. chop the bottle gourd and put it in a pan.

chopped bottle gourd for soup recipe

2. now chop the onions and garlic and also add these to the same pan….

chopped bottle gourd for lauki soup recipe

3. add water to the veggies.

water for lauki soup recipe

4. just enough water covering the chopped gourd, onions and garlic.

water for bottle gourd soup recipe

5. put it on fire, cover the pan and steam the bottle gourd for 15-20 mins till they become soft.

cooking bottle gourd for lauki soup recipe

6. in spain they don’t do it like i have done. they first saute the onions, garlic in olive oil. then add the bottle gourd and then add the water and let the veggies cook. i was too lazy this day, so i put everything in one pan for the veggies to cook. after 15-20 mins you see your bottle gourd will soften and look great like in the pic below.

cooked soft bottle gourd for lauki soup recipe

7. now let the veggies and stock cool. in a blender or food processor blend the veggies. but keep the stock aside.

veggies for bottle gourd soup recipe

8. in another pan now heat the olive oil. add the pureed bottle gourd, onions and garlic.

bottle gourd puree for lauki soup recipe

9. flavor it with the dry herbs and black pepper. also add salt.

adding herbs to lauki soup

10. add the stock to get the consistency you want and simmer for 5-6 mins. before you switch off the fire add the cream cheese. in spain they add some cream and some cheese instead of cream cheese.

adding cream cheese to soup

11. give the bottle gourd soup a swirl and serve the bottle gourd soup hot with bread. you could also serve it with bread croutons.

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60 comments/reviews

  1. Hi this soup is amazing..I got to taste it when I was unwell and was at relatives place..So thought of viewing it on it site..As I follow ur recipes most of the time..
    I made it with ghee tadka,sauted cumin powder and a hint of lemon in it..4 stars

    • thank you bharti. i am glad that you liked the bottle gourd soup. yes, definitely ghee tadka can be given and even lemon juice can be added. many variations can be done in this soup recipe.

  2. Bottle gourd works very well in soup form .This was very easy to make and with only a few ingredients and mixed herbs it was very yummy.Added some milk instead of cream cheese. Loved it.5 stars

  3. Hello Dassana. Can’t tell you how satisfying this soup is. My husband is really really picky about food, and he LOVED this soup and has asked me several times to make it again.
    Although, I didn’t add any cream or cheese, just added milk towards the end. It was light and flavourful. I’ve tried so many of your recipes and everything has turned out delicious. Thank you so much!5 stars

    • thank you sneha. this is our favorite soup too. cream cheese or cream can be skipped. adding milk as a substitute also works well in this recipe. welcome and happy cooking.

  4. Dear Dassana
    Your recipe of doodhi soup is a fantastic one. Everyone at home liked and enjoyed
    And your demonstration skills appreciated. Thank you so much.5 stars

  5. All your recipes are amazing .. Whenever I want to try something new I just scroll through ur recipes and do it. So easily explained with every possible details. Thank u so much ..5 stars

  6. Thanks for this amazing recipe!! I have tried to like lauki in several forms, but nothing ever helped.. but I must say I just love it in this form!

    I added oregano, basil, thyme (dry herbs) and I added cream and cheese instead of cream cheese.. I plan to use thickened version of this soup as white sauce for pasta… 🙂5 stars

    • thanks N. this recipe of bottle gourd soup is too good and i agree lauki tastes delicious this way. definitely you can thicken the soup and use it as a pasta sauce.

  7. Quite useful. Thanks for also explaining what’s stock (water at bottom) is. Tried the same and like it5 stars

  8. Thanks, you have a great way of demonstrating any recipe . Plz suggest some other soups useful in jaundice .


  10. Can u also suggest soups of red pumpkin, spinach, french beans etc . Inshort everything tht grows above the ground. Am not supposed to eat veggies tht grow under ground

  11. Excellent website. Very easy soup recipes. I am going on a diet and was looking out for soups. Will be trying all ur soups one by one. Thanks for make my life easy

  12. Hey!! After blending is it ok to strain the puree?? If it is not strained some pieces of the bottle gourd settle at the bottom soup?

    • the stock is the broth or water in which the lauki, onions etc have been cooked. while blending, you don’t need to add stock or water as the boiled lauki blends easily in the mixer/blender.

  13. Dasanna,

    I had recently visited your website and I find your website very user friendly and tasty.Yesterday I made cauliflower paratha and it was a superhit. The kids simply loved it. Thanks for the wonderful website and keep updating with more recipes for us.

  14. Dassana,

    I will try ur this soup too and after reading such a positive reveiw ..i am sure it will be a hit….
    i have oregano with me…can u guide me what else cud be in the list of dry herb that can be added to most of the soups and dishes……..

    Dasasna…….i am very interseted in knowing how to make chutney with peels…please reply in short…..

    and one thing ………to be very frank….ur step by step receipe with photographs rank above the video receipe…….as i mentioned earlier this makes ur blog unique….ur writing skills and art of photography adds further to it…..

    one more thing…………why don’t u try in mastrechef….????????????????

  15. I just love your website and hooked to it. I tried Bhindi masala and the Panner Kadai. They were a super hit at home and office. Will try this soup for sure. Atleast this way i can eat bottle guard…

    Thanks a lot!

    • thanks divya for giving positive feedback on bhindi masala and paneer kadai. would like to know your feedback on bottle gourd soup.

  16. i want to know the receipee of dry bottlegourd soup in kashmiri style but could not get pl help

    • i shall look out for this particular recipe. i know of the bottle gourd yakhni since i have already made it before. but never heard of a dry soup… both the words dry and soup are a perfect contrast with each other.

  17. Tried this recipe and it turned out to be delicious! Few alterations: I used just 1 tbsp olive oil, didnt add cream cheese.. put few drops of lemon juice instead! Tasted good!

    • thanks indu. 1 tsp of olive oil is also alright and adding cream cheese can also be optional. lemon substitutes well in this soup also. nowadays i make this soup without adding cream cheese.

  18. I made this soup today, it turned out good, though I added indian spices, next time I will add the herbs mentioned. I absolutely love this site.


    • good to know that, deepti. may be i should also try out with indian spices. i am sure the soup will taste good with indian spices.

      and do try it with other herb mixes also like herbes de provence or italian herb mix. even adding dry rosemary or basil makes the soup really flavorful and yummy.

  19. Hi Dassana

    This is a wonderful and healthy soup recipe. I would surely try this one. I don’t have any idea about dry herbs. Could you please tell me a substitute for this.

    • as a substitute to dry herbs, you could add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, parsley, coriander, celery etc.

      try the fusion of different herbs or you could even try it with one type of herb.

      bottle gourd is bland and if you make the soup without adding any herb, then the soup will taste bland even though the recipe has onions and garlic. this is coz the proportion of onions and garlic used in the recipe is less as compared to the proportion of bottle gourd.

      when you add fresh herbs, just before you close the fire, add them. they need to be a cooked for a minute or so.