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Type Soup
Place of origin India
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients black pepper
Cookbook:Mulligatawny  Mulligatawny

Mulligatawny (derived from Tamil மிளகு தண்ணீர்)/ˌmʌlɨɡəˈtɔːni/ is a curry flavoured soup in Anglo-Indian cuisine.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Cultural references[edit]

  • 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"[3]
  • In Batman #701, mulligatawny is mentioned by Alfred to be Batman's favorite food.
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Foods of England. "Mulligatawny Soup". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Sahni, Julie (2001). Indian Regional Classics. Ten Speed Press. p. 23. 
  3. ^ Mukti Jain Campion, "Hobson-Jobson: The words English owes to India", BBC News Magazine.

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