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"