from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An East Indian soup having a meat or chicken base and curry seasoning.

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  • n. An Indian soup having a meat base and curry seasoning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See mullagatawny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A famous East Indian soup made of meat or fowl, strongly flavored with curry. Also spelled mullatgatawny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a soup of eastern India that is flavored with curry; prepared with a meat or chicken base


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Tamil miḷagutaṇṇī : miḷagu, pepper + taṇṇīr, cool water (taṇ, cool + ṇīr, water).

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Transliteration of Tamil மூலிகைத்தன்னீர் "pepper water".


  • As far as I can tell, the only agreed upon fact about mulligatawny is that it is a fusion of British and Indian cuisines -- and actually cooked more by the British, I believe, at least originally.

    Laura's Mistaken Mulligatawny

  • And oh, the taste of delicious, mysterious soups named "mulligatawny" and "Billi bi."

    Lea Lane: Julia (and Other Famed Cooks) and Moi

  • You think if aliens invade Britain and I've got the choice of a rocket launcher to blow their annoying ET heads off or a pissing Knorr stock cube to make some delicious mulligatawny while men do it for me, I'm going down the broth route?

    Grace Dent's TV OD: Luther and Falling Skies

  • I really want to figure out mulligatawny soup and daal--yum!

    Maria Rodale: Curry Chicken from Scratch

  • Months later, alone, in the restaurant early, I peeled a small beginning of skin and floated it into the pot of mulligatawny.


  • Thumbs Down: Naan and other breads; dals, including mulligatawny soup acceptable in Pre-Maintenance and Lifetime Maintenance; biryani dishes; chutneys made with added sugar; samosas and fritters.


  • This is my quick version of mulligatawny soup, a well-known standard of Indian cuisine.


  • Grace said ... ah, mulligatawny -- fun to say and fun to eat. very nice -- bring on the fall!

    Laura's Mistaken Mulligatawny

  • ELG talked of Rabelais and ate like Gargantua: mulligatawny soup, fried whiting, brill with shrimps, pork cutlets, to mates farcies, boiled turkey in celery sauce, curried hare, roast pheasant with all the trimmings.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • The sign on the diner door said the soup that day was mulligatawny, and when Cork walked past, the tantalizing aroma of curry powder and ginger tried to seduce him.

    Heaven’s Keep


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  • "'Mullga-tawny', or pepper-water soup, was a favourite among those returning from India and the East, made of meat in a clear stock flavoured with pounded coriander seeds, cinnamon-like cassia, some black and cayenne pepper, turmeric, browned onions and garlic, with a little lemon juice and cream swirled in just before it was served. Everyone had a recipe for mulligatawny, and most served it with a ballast of boiled rice."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 265

    January 18, 2017

  • tamil "milagu" (மிளக�?) = pepper, and tamil "thanni" (தண�?ணீர�?) = water.

    December 16, 2007

  • I love this word! It sounds very Irish/Scottish/Gaelic to me, but AmHer sez it's all Indian:

    ETYMOLOGY: Tamil miaguta : miagu, pepper + tar, cool water ( ta, cool + r, water).

    May 6, 2007

  • One of my favorites....

    January 9, 2007

  • Pungent mockturtle oxtail mulligatawny. I'm hungry too.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 8

    January 3, 2007