Grain of Salt’s mulligatawny soup: pepper-water for cold weather

Grain of Salt’s mulligatawny soup: pepper-water for cold weather

Soup fits on the dinner table in blustery January — and February and March, for that matter. The heat of a good bowl of soup warms both the soul and the body.

The name of the delicious soup — rice, lentils, chicken, garlic, garam masala and other spices like turmeric and coriander — is itself as much a story as the soup is both hearty and healthy. Native to India, mulligatawny soup was quickly adopted by the Australians, but the word itself comes from a Tamil phrase meaning “pepper-water.”

You can get mulligatawny soup at the popular Grain of Salt in Cambridge. Their version of this oft-tweaked soup is “lentil soup sprinkled with rice and minced chicken.” Menu notes disclose that it warrants a medium hot classification, but you can probably get that jumped up a notch or two if you want more spice heat.

[Image: Miansari66 via Wikimedia Commons]

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