Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup


A quick and tasty vegetarian version of the popular Indian mulligatawny soup. Use prepared curry powder and peeled baby carrots to cut down on prep time. Excellent with naan (Indian flatbread) or served over rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons ghee

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 tablespoons curry powder

  • 6 cups vegetable broth, or more as needed

  • 4 baby potatoes, diced

  • 1 ½ cups red lentils

  • ½ pound peeled baby carrots

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate


  1. Heat ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and curry powder; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, potatoes, lentils, and carrots and bring to a simmer. Cook until carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth.

  3. Return to the heat and add coconut milk, lemon juice, cilantro, and tamarind concentrate. Stir until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Butter or olive oil can be used in place of ghee, and curry paste or garam masala can be used in place of curry powder.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
15g Fat
42g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 812mg 17%

* 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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