Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mulligatawny Soup

It came as a bit of a surprise for me that the origin of this Anglo-Indian soup is our good old rasam. Mulligatwany comes from the Tamil name, Milagu Thanni - meaning Pepper Water. Looks like the British took the recipe of the Rasam and made modifications to suit their tastes and preferred ingredients - with versions having chicken, meat and the like. For the Europeans, our rasam would have tasted like a soup  - well, when we think about it rasam is indeed a soup - though we typically have it as a sort of curry. This version here is a vegetarian one. Just like rasam which triggers your appetite, this one is also ideally suited for  stimulating your taste-buds.

1 onions, chopped
1 carrots, chopped
1 potato,chopped
1 zucchini,chopped
1 big or 1 and1/2  medium tomatoes
3/4 cup  red lentils
4 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp fennel powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tablespoon ground black peppercorns
3 to 4 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
1 to 1 1/2 tsp tamarind paste
Green onions and cilantro to garnish

In a pressure cooker, saute onion along with minced ginger and garlic. When they turn translucent, add all the powders, saute for a minute. Now add the vegetables, stock and lentil along with the tamarind paste. Pressure cook this for 6 minutes. Once the pressure is released, open the lid and using a blender, puree the contents. Garnish with cilantro and green onion. Serve with any Indian flat-breads, preferably naan.


  1. Ideal for the winter..Makes a complete meal on its own..Loaded with goodness & spiced up bowl of hot soup...Totally delicious!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Happy New Year Wishes Vidhya! Nice to know interesting info on soup/rasam !
    This soup is loaded with flavors n goodness of spices...perfect for this weather, would love to try!

  3. A hearty and wholesome soup...Perfect meal for wintry evenings

  4. This soup which is loaded with spices has to be good....Pass me the bowl dear..

  5. Can have a bowl full of this delicious soup now...

  6. Such a super filling soup with loads of flavours, will definitely keeps me warm.

  7. Very comforting for the cold weather..

  8. looks so scrumptious!


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