Soup and Bread


IMG_1331From Keith Carlson/Dia de los Tamales

This recipe for mulligatawny dates back to the first Soup & Bread this year, but fell through the cracks somehow. Mulligatawny, from the Tamil words meaning “pepper water,” has endured across centuries. As Keith points out, “The soup is a great mix of cultures with its origins in India and adapted by the English, but most popularly portrayed in Seinfeld.” His version is originally based on vegetarian soups but has been adapted to go well with meats such as chicken and lamb.

1/4 cup ghee (or butter or olive oil)
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and minced
2 small apples, peeled, cored, and diced
14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup dried lentils
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2/3 cups coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste
toasted cashew or chopped scallion (optional garnish)

Melt ghee/butter in pan over medium-high heat; add onion, carrot, & jalapeno, saute ~4-5 minutes until softened. Add garlic, ginger, apples, diced tomato; saute for ~3 minutes, then add all of the spices and toss to coat.

Add the lentils, coconut milk, and broth and bring to a boil; turn down to medium-low and simmer uncovered ~30 minutes

Puree about 75% of the ingredients with immersion blender, leave some chunks whole for texture. Return to pot and stir in coconut milk, adjust seasoning as needed. Garnish with toasted cashew pieces and/or chopped scallion if desired.

Chef Keith Carlson is originally from Minnesota, where he attended culinary school. Currently he’s the mind behind Dia De Los Tamales, with a revolutionary spin on tamales, and Get Off The Couch Catering, craft services and event catering for business or home, both located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. 

Posted: Sunday Feb 5,2017 04:45 PM In Soup Recipes

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