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.
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
|Passive Time||20 minutes|
- Preheat the oven at 200 degrees
- Peal the Ash Gourd and remove the seeds
- Cut it into thin slices and place it on a lined baking dish
- Put sliced onions , garlic cloves and half of thyme on the ash gourd. Drizzle or spray oil on the vegetables.
- Roast the vegetables in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, till its edges become brown
- Let the vegetables rest till they cool down
- Once vegetables are at room temperature puree them in a blender
- Boil the pureed vegetables along with water , ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon powder, brown sugar , salt and the balance thyme.
- After 2-3 boils switch off the gas. Serve hot .
- Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds before serving to retain the crunch.
I would love to hear from you on how the recipe turned out for you, please leave a comment and rate it.
Sundari Giri says
Love the soup, and love the soup bowls too
Paluk Khanna says
thanks Sundari !!