Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny (according to Wiki)  is a curry flavored soup of Anglo-Indian origin.
Mulligatawny - literally means Pepper Water in Tamil. (Millagu- Pepper, Thanni -Water).
I got this recipe years ago from Udupi restaurant in Chicago.  The manager was gracious enough to give me the recipe.  Ever since I been making this soup and have got nothing but adulation from friends and family.
Now it's time to share this wonderful soup recipe to all of you people who visit my blog.


Thoor dal - 1/2 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder
Onion - 1 small (roughly chopped)
Garlic - 2 small pods
Tomato - 1 medium (chopped)
Green chilli - 2 small
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger - small piece
Salt - to taste
some curry leaves
Oil - 1 tsp

  1. Wash both the dals, add turmeric powder and presure cook with enough water till soft.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and saute the chopped onion till soft.
  3. Add green chillis, ginger, cumin seeds, black pepper and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  4. Now add the chopped tomato fry till soft.
  5. Let it cool completely.
  6. Grind the onion mixture along with the dal with enough water.   You can use the water from the cooked dal.
  7. Transfer the soup into a deep dish pan, add salt and bring to a boil.
  8. Serve hot.
This soup goes to Healthy Inspirations Event - Soup  hosted by Usha.


  1. Lovely mulligatawney soup, Latha! Must be such a comfort to sip this soup on wintry days, isn't it. Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog, you have wonderful space here.. and yes, you guessed the one truth correctly too :)

  2. Am commenting on this as I am sipping this delicious soup. PJ, you are right,t is great on a wintry day. Privileged to taste it as made by the blogger herself !!

    Yummilicious !!

    Keep them coming Latha

  3. My hubbys fav soup..Mine too. Good click.

  4. I love it .Comforting for this weather.

  5. Such a comforting soup for chilled weather..

  6. Nice soup, Latha!!!

    I make it slightly different but love your version too!!!

  7. Lovely Mulligatawney soup, dear. This is a perfect Anglo-Indian dish...reflects the culture'.:)

  8. Nice color and texture of that soup. Delicious.

  9. Ready for mullagu thanni any time of the day. Oh that is how they get the texture. Thanks for the recipe, Latha.

  10. Looks delicious and beautiful click.

  11. This is one soup I have yet to try and I absolutely love your version of it !

    Looks yum, thanks so much for sharing this recipe and this soup with the Healthy Inspirations event !

  12. i plan to make millagu thani soup tonight. will get back with the feedback/comments.
    ranjini jayaraman

  13. Wow,sounds new to me ,thanks for sharing!!
    Wiki uncle..!!? LOL

  14. yummy soup..i am going to make this for my dthe appam cakes too!!beautiful..will add your blog to my blogroll...

  15. Latha, this is such a classic Tamil recipe, and always a great hit. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks amazing, and makes me want to grab that bowl right now!

  16. Thanks every one for your lovely comments.

  17. Latha,

    I tried this soup today.Awesome.

  18. My dad loves to order this at restaurants. Bookmarking to try.

  19. Hi Latha,

    I have had this soup in Hotels. However I have always thought of making my own atleast once that is when i went in search for it. This recipe came well and my 2 year old daughter loved it and we enjoyed her seeing the way she tasted and relished this soup which made our day. Thanks for this wonderful yet a simple recipe!


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