Citizens, there are very few ‘fusion’ recipes here on TFD Nation, as I prefer to share recipes that have a pure, unadulterated history and continuity within their land of origin. That said, mulligatawny has become a standard in both the UK and even in India, despite being a corrupted recipe from its origins – and since it is totally delicious, I shall indeed share it with you!
For the record, it is also Batman’s favorite! 🙂
Mulligatawny is an English soup with origins in Indian cuisine. The name originates from the Tamil words miḷagāy (Tamil: மிளகாய் ‘chili’) or miḷagu (மிளகு ‘pepper’), and taṇṇi (தண்ணி, ‘water’). It is related to the classic Indian soup known as rasam.
Due to its popularity in England during the British Raj, it was one of the few items of Indian cuisine that found common mention in the literature of the period.
However over the course of time, a lot of other ingredients such coconut, meat and other spices were added to give it a completely different flavor. The dish quickly became popular throughout the colonies of the Commonwealth. The Mulligatawny Soup of today bears little resemblance to the original ‘MELLIGU –THANI’.
Recipes for mulligatawny varied greatly over the years, and there is no single original version. Later versions included British modifications that included meat, though the local Madras recipe on which it was based did not. Early references to it in English go back to 1784.
In 1827, William Kitchiner wrote that it had become fashionable in Britain:
Mullaga-Tawny signifies pepper water. The progress of inexperienced peripatetic Palaticians has lately been arrested by this outlandish word being pasted on the windows of our Coffee-Houses; it has, we believe, answered the “Restaurateurs’ ” purpose, and often excited John Bull, to walk in and taste—the more familiar name of Curry Soup—would, perhaps, not have had sufficient of the charms of novelty to seduce him from his much-loved Mock-Turtle.
It is a fashionable Soup and a great favourite with our East Indian friends, and we give the best receipt we could procure for it.
— The Cook’s Oracle; Containing Recipes for Plain Cookery on the Most Economical Plan for Private Families
, my version is anything but pedestrian – it calls not for a tired old curry powder from a jar, but an actual fresh curry paste. I have every confidence you will find this fusion worthy of its classic status! 🙂
it would be delicious served as a first course with British Indian Restaurant (BIR)-style Korma.
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- Curry paste:
- 4 fresh red jalapenos, seeded
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
- 1 teaspoon kalonji seeds
- 4 whole cloves
- 10 whole black peppercorns
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 tbsp. ghee (clarified butter)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 pound lamb meat, cut into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 ½ scant cups lamb stock
- ½ scant cup Thai coconut milk (Chaokoh brand preferred)
- 1 tbsp. tamarind paste
- 1 tbsp. tomato puree
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 1 large green apple, peeled, cored and diced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- Toast all whole spices in a hot pan until fragrant. Grind the curry paste ingredients into a smooth paste using a food processor or blender.
- Melt the ghee in a large frying pan over medium heat; fry the onion in the melted ghee until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- Add the curry paste and lamb to the frying pan; cook and stir until the lamb is browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt.
- Stir the lamb stock, tamarind paste and tomato puree into the lamb mixture; reduce heat to medium-low, cover the frying pan and simmer until the lamb is tender, about 30 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk, curry leaves, carrot and apple; cook another 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Remove the lamb and curry leaves (discard the leaves, keep the lamb) from the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the soup into a blender. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded towel and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree.
- Strain the soup through a fine mesh strainer back into the frying pan. Press on the contents of the strainer and remove and discard any large and hard pieces.
- Add the lamb back to the frying pan, place over medium heat and cook until the soup is thoroughly reheated, about 5 minutes. Serve in warmed bowls; garnish with lemon slice.
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