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|Tamil Nadu, India|
Mulligatawny (derived from Tamil மிளகு தண்ணீர்)// is a curry flavoured soup in Anglo-Indian cuisine. Mulligatawny is a combination of Tamil words milagu (pepper) thanni (water). It is similar to rasam from South Indian cuisine.
There are many variations on the recipe for mulligatawny. In the West, the soup typically has a turmeric like yellow colour and chicken meat, beef, or lamb meat. Usually it is thickened with lentils or rice.
- In Tom Stoppard's play Indian Ink, two characters compete to use as many English words of Indian origin, as listed in the Hobson-Jobson glossary, as possible. One line reads: "I was buying chutney in the bazaar when a thug who had escaped from the chokey ran amok and killed a box-wallah for his loot, creating a hullabaloo and landing himself in the mulligatawny"
- In the TV sketch Dinner for One, the first course served by manservant James to Miss Sophie, is the Mulligatawny Soup (Miss Sophie's favourite)
- In A Paper: of Tobacco, Treating of Smoking by Joseph Fume by William Andrew Chatto, page 70, London 1839.
- In episode 11 of American Horror Story: Coven the character Delphine LaLaurie serves the members of the coven her version of Mulligatawny Soup
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