Ayurveda recommends both lauki ( bottle gourd )and horse gram for weight-loss.  I have personally replaced my dinner with light yet nourishing soup.

1 cup lauki (bottle gourd) (chopped)
2 tbsp pres-soaked horse gram ( soaked over night )
1/2 cup onion ( chopped )
1 1/2 cup tomato (chopped )
1 tsp garlic (chopped)
1 tsp ginger ( chopped)
2 tsp coriander leaves (dhania patta) (chopped)
1 tbsp vegetable oil / olive oil / coconut oil
2.5 glasses of water
salt (namak) and pepper to taste

  1. Heat oil
  2. Sauté onion , garlic and ginger  for a minute , add tomatoes and bottle gourd. Sauté for another minute.
  3. Add water and bring to boil, let it simmer for 3-4 minutes more.
  4. If you want a creamy texture grind the vegetables to a paste in a mixer. Adjust water according to the desired consistency
  5. Add salt and pepper as per your taste
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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