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Mulligatawny Soup

Indian curry-flavored lentil soup 

One of the most famous Indian soups. A great spicy and light soup. A nice starter for a meal, it will wake up your taste buds. British colonists in India freely adapted the foods and spices they found there and brought their recipes back home. Mulligatawny is the Anglicized version of an Indian word for "pepper water." The name of this well-known soup is simply a corruption of the Tamil milagu-tann ir, ‘pepper-water'  : Tamil milakutanni, from milaku pepper + tanni water

1/4 cup  lentils
3 table spoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
2 onions chopped finely
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 teaspoon  grated  ginger
1 teaspoon curry powder or garam masala
1 dried red pepper crushed
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 2 tablespoons flour
2 carrots chopped
2 red potatoes diced
2 tomatoes diced
6 cups bouillon or vegetable stock
Juice of one lemon
1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped
1 cup coconut milk
Salt to taste 

Pour enough warm water over lentils to cover well, put aside. This is to soak the lentils before cooking. 

 Melt butter and oil in large pan, add chopped onion and celery and cook until transparent. Add ginger cook 1 minute more. Add curry powder, dried red pepper, crumbled,  ground coriander, freshly ground black pepper and stir over low heat 2 minutes. Add flour to pan, stir over low heat 1 minute. Add the bullion. Mix well. 

Stir in the carrots, potatoes and tomatoes and  the drained lentils.  Reduce heat, simmer uncovered 20  minutes, cover pan, simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables and lentils are tender.

Puree in blender or food processor. Return soup to pan, bring to boil. Season the soup with salt according to your taste. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro and simmer 5  minutes more.   Reduce heat, stir in coconut milk.  

Serve hot. Add a few teaspoons of freshly made plain white rice. 

Note: A great Mulligatawny soup will make your eyes and nose water because of its hotness and flavor. There are many adaptations of this soup. You can add chicken, seafood or meat to the soup above for variation. The lentils mentioned in the list of ingredients are the brown flat lentils available in the grocery store.

 

 

 

 

 

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