Mulligatawny Soup (Vegetables and Lentil Soup)
Quite a common entry in the menu cards on Indian/American restaurants- the Mulligatawny Soup. Made of lentils, vegetables and mild spices,this soup is my hubbys favorite soup and whenever this soup is listed on the menu, without a doubt he would choose it as an appetizer. I have seen a lot of people pronounce it stylishly and little did I know that the soup had originated from Tamilnadu in India, the place where I am from.
The name Mullagu means pepper and Thanni(tawny) is just water. So all in all, Mulagu Thanni is just plain pepper water. Because of the British rule in India, I guess they liked the taste but couldnt pronounce it hence it became mulligatawny. Or may be it was a variety of Rasam (a soup like dish with pepper, tomatoes, lemon and lentils) as the ingredients are almost similar. Nice Nah? Now a days when hubby orders Mulligatawny soup,he looks at me and gives a smile :)