Mulligatawny Soup

(Serves 4)

1 cup lentils (tur/arhar or masoor dals)
1½ cups water
½ cup oil
2 bay leaves
3 crushed peppercorns
1 spring curry leaves
¾ cup onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
½ teaspoon green chili, crushed
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup fresh coconut milk
lime juice, salt and white pepper powder to taste
1 large lime, wedged

1 apple, diced

  1. Boil and puree the lentils. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil, crackle bay leaves, peppercorns and curry leaves.
  3. Add onion, ginger, garlic and green chili. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add curry powder and cook further.
  5. Add lentils and vegetable stock. Bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain.
  6. Boil mixture again with a little more vegetable stock.
  7. Add coconut milk, season and blend.

Serve with small quantity of boiled rice. Optional: squeezed lime, chopped coriander, diced apple and additional pepper.