Mulligatawny Soup II


Literally meaning pepper water. Mulligatawny Soup is an Anglo-Indian invention. Created by servants for the English Raj who demanded a soup course from a cuisine that had never produced one. You can make this soup a day ahead and you can add chicken pieces in the soup as well.

6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter), or vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 green chile peppers, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander seed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 4 pods cardamom, bruised

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh curry

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped

  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced

  • 1 cup Masoor dhal (red lentils), rinsed, drained

  • 8 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 cups coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat ghee or vegetable oil in large pan (use low heat); cook onion, garlic, ginger, chilies, spices and curry leaves, stirring, until onion is browned lightly and mixture is fragrant. Do not over brown the onion or else it will give the soup a burnt taste.

  2. Add carrot, apple, potato, dhal, and chicken stock to pan; simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Discard cardamom pods and curry leaves.

  3. Blend or process soup mixture, in batches, until pureed; return to pan. Add tamarind, lemon juice, coconut milk and fresh coriander leaves; stir until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
22g Fat
44g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 58mg 288%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 949mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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