The nutrition content of this humble vegetable is very high, with good quantities of Vitamin B & C, important minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. It is also high in fibre. I have heard that it also aids weight loss. While I am not a qualified nutritionist, I would say the ash gourd is filling due to its high water content, which makes it a low calorie nutritious vegetable.
As the evenings here are getting a little colder I tend to keep my dinners very light. It so happened that a friend of mine, who owns a farm, dropped a huge Ash Gourd at our doorstep. After quickly dispatching as much as possible to my neighbors and in-laws I kept a more manageable piece to make soup with.
Ash Gourd soup, Flavored with ginger powder , cinnamon, nutmeg and thyme, is filling and very healthy and requires negligible oil. I also added roasted Pumpkin seeds which again are nutritious and give soup a nutty flavor.