Mulligatawny Soup: niche food

Mulligatawny Soup: niche food

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Clementon, NJ

#1 May 6, 2013
Mulligatawny is a curry-flavoured soup of Anglo-Indian origin.

Translated literally from Tamil, "Mulligatawny" or "Milagu thanni" means "pepper water." The dish the Anglo-Indians call "pepper water" is actually closer to Tamil rasam (pronounced russ-um) than "mulligatawny".

There are many variations on the recipe for mulligatawny. In the West, the soup typically has a turmeric-like yellow color and chicken meat, beef, or lamb meat. Often it is thickened with rice (source: Wikipedia).

The colorful writer Dr. Seuss wrote, "I’ll capture them wild and I’ll capture them scrawny, I’ll capture a scraggle-foot mulligatawny."

The hearty and zesty qualities of the spice-colored mulligatawny soup reflects the new age toy marketability of the soup-irony Hollywood (USA) movie "Duck Soup" (1933).

A nice mulligatawny soup recipe (taken from the Food Network program 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives') is as follows:


Bring jalapenos, black pepper, coriander, turmeric, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, garlic and ginger to a paste-like consistency.

Melt butter in large pot. Cook onion until soft and golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add spice paste and lamb, and cook 5 to 7 minutes stirring often.

Add tomato paste, broth and salt. Bring to a simmer, stir occasionally, and cook 30 minutes.

Add the carrots, apples and potato, and continue to simmer until vegetables are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Add peas and cook 5 minutes more.

Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?

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