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lauki soup served in a bowl garnished with coriander leaves
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Lauki Soup | Bottle Gourd Soup - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Lauki Soup or Bottle Gourd Soup is quick, filling, rich and creamy soup that can be made in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker with just a handful of ingredients.
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Keyword bottle gourd, instant pot lauki soup, lauki recipes, lauki soup
Diet Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb, Vegan
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 95kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml

  • 1 medium bottle gourd (lauki) peeled and diced (about 2.5 - 3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups water
  • salt and black pepper for taste
  • cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish


Instant Pot Method:

  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add olive oil and once it's hot, add minced garlic, onions, green chili, and saute till onions soften.
  • Add diced bottle-gourd, water or vegetable stock, and salt.
    step to saute onions and garlic collage
  • Furthermore, close the lid on the pot and set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and timer to 5 minutes.
  • When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid.
  • Puree soup using a hand blender until smooth. If you don't have a hand blender, puree in a blender in batches once slightly cooled. Also, add crushed black pepper for seasoning.
    step to puree the bottle gourd soup using the hand blender collage
  • If you think the soup is too thick, you can add water or vegetable stock into the soup and boil for 2 minutes.
    Keto Friendly Soup (bottle gourd soup) in the instant pot insert
  • Instant Pot Lauki ka Soup recipe (Keto Friendly Soup) is ready to serve. Sprinkle cilantro if required.
    lauki soup served in a bowl garnished with coriander leaves

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Follow the process mentioned above until step 2.
    Give 2 whistles and let the pressure release naturally. All the other steps remain the same.

Stovetop Pot Method:

  • Follow the process mentioned above until step 4.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and cook till lauki/bottle gourd gets soft about 15-20 minutes. Do stir once or twice in between. All the other steps remain the same.


I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT.


  • Make it spicy:  Sprinkle some crushed red chili flakes into this soup before serving to give a soup kick.
  • Add in some extra veggies: feel free to add a handful of chopped broccoli along with the bottle gourd. You can also add potatoes when you cook bottle gourd, this gives more creamy texture, or blend in some of cooked/canned white beans for protein. You can also add some spinach while cooking bottle gourd.
  • Vegan: You can also add some coconut milk to flavor up the soup.
  • Toppings: You can also use roasted sesame or chickpeas as a healthier toppings option.
  • Fresh Herbs: I have used cilantro. To make an Italian version add rosemary, oregano, or thyme.


  • Be sure to sauté the onion and garlic, in a little olive oil or butter first. The soup will have a rich flavor.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.6g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 7.31g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1023mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 2g