Peppery Mulligatawny Soup With Fresh Tomatoes & Cilantro #SundaySupper



Spicy peppery mulligatawny soup made with fresh tomatoes and cilantro spiked with spices is comfort food to me ! When my Sunday Supper team decided to do a ” Dishes That Keep You Warm” theme, I knew just the dish I wanted to make. Mulligatawny soup, a popular soup with the ‘ Soup Nazi” in Seinfeld ( a show I still love to watch) is a favorite in my family. Also called rasam , it is a soup I grew up on. Every time anyone had a cold or was feeling under the weather, my mom would make rasam and it conjured up a warm soothing feeling that somehow made the fever or cold seem so much better. No wonder I chose to make mulligatawny soup or rasam as a dish that keeps me warm! Well, the tradition still continues in my little family as well. Every time my husband goes on trip out-of-town, the first thing he wants to eat when he gets home is rasam.  My kids have grown to love it too and will often ask for it. Fortunately, it’s easy to make and can be thrown together in a few minutes.  Traditionally rasam is eaten with rice and when you pour that light aromatic soup over hot cooked rice it is warm comfort food indeed. When you want to drink it as a soup, you can thin it down if you feel it’s too strong. It has digestive healing spices like pepper, cumin and garlic in it  which make it a very healthy almost herbal soup with healing properties.  I just made s huge pot today and it’s half over 🙂 !! 




Nutrition Wise ! 

Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C and A. They are also packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that prevents skin damage from ultra-violet (UV) rays and offers protection from skin cancer. Lycopene is also found to be protective of other cancers, especially  prostate, breast and colon cancer. Absorption of lycopene increase in cooked tomatoes. This vegetable also has Zea-xanthin which  helps protect eyes from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly persons by filtering harmful ultra-violet rays. All the more reason to load up on tomatoes. Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral properties and pepper and cumin are known for their healing properties. Asafoetida helps in digestion. All in all a very soothing healing herbal soup that tastes spicy delish ! 


 Mulligatawny Soup eaten with rice ! Mmmm delish ! 

Mulligatawny Soup

Serves 12
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Soup
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot


  • 2 Large tomatoes
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 4 Pods garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons mulligatawany powder or rasam powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon asofeotida (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dry red chili (crushed pepper)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


coarsely grind equal parts of fresh cumin and fresh pepper corns to get mulligatawny mix. Store in an airtight container and use as needed whenever you make rasam or mulligatawny soup !


Heat oil. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and wait for it to splutter.
Cut tomatoes and add to the oil. Add mulligatawny mix and turmeric. Crush garlic and add to the mix. Add asofeotida. Cook about 5 - 8 minutes till tomatoes get nicely cooked.
Add 6 cups water, lemon juice and salt. Cook for 2 minutes.
Cut cherry tomatoes into halves and add to above mixture. Add chopped cilantro and brown sugar and cook on simmer till the tomatoes and cilantro float to the top. Wait for the first boil and switch the fire off.
Drink as soup or eat with cooked rice for a warm spicy treat.

This week’s event is hosted by Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.  We have over 50 contributors this week, bringing you their best warm you up dishes.  Everything from stews, soups, main entrees and even some hot drinks and desserts. Hope you can hop over to their blogs and check them out !




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About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. Still have Lycopene on your mind from earlier this week huh? This soup certainly is filled will all sorts of goodness!

  2. This is the first time I’ve heard of this soup and I am wondering where it has been all my life. The spices in it sound incredible and I want to try it soon.

  3. milagu thanni soup or the quintessential rasam is my fav comfort food; loved reaidng about its nutritional punch !

  4. I love the recipe, but I am not sure what adofeotida is? Could you elaborate a bit more. The soup looks fantatic by the way.

  5. What a gorgeous recipe and your photography is amazing! Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe during #SundaySupper!

  6. This sound sounds amazing! Your recipes are always perfect. I’m going to need to check my local international store to see if they carry these ingredients.

  7. I watch seinfeld all the time too, it never gets old. I heard about this soup many times but had no idea what it was, a spicy tomato soup! Love this recipe Suni!

  8. You captured my heart with all of that cilantro. This looks FABULOUS!

  9. Now that will warm you from the inside out. Looks divine!!

  10. I love mulligatawny soup!!! This sounds amazing and I love your dishes!

  11. All I could think of when I saw the title of your recipe this week was Seinfeld. Yes the show definitely made it popular, they probably chose the soup because it sounds funny. Will have to try your version. It looks so good.

  12. My husband and I were just talking about this soup. It is one of my favourites and I have been wanting to make it at home instead of going out for a take-away every time I get a craving for it. So I am excited to give your recipe a try.

  13. No apple??? Ours always had a Granny Smith in there somewhere… guess that was an anomaly with out family. We totally ate it over rice like you though!

  14. This sound wonderful! I love how easy it is to get all those health benefits from one soup. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I wish you lived closer so we can get together for a cooking session. I would love to learn all the dishes you know how to make. Every time I even think of attempting an Indian dish I feel panicked. I made chicken tandori once and it was a gummy mess. Can you teach me how to cook Indian food? I love it so much and it makes me sad that I haven’t had it in a long time.

  16. This soup always reminds me of Seinfeld too! I’m so happy you made the reference! Wonderful recipe.

  17. I really like this recipe. I love discovering new flavours! It seems to be easy to prepare, but still something new!

  18. this soup looks tasty :). I will cook them for my dinner, especially for raining moments 🙂

  19. What a delicious, warm and comforting soup…I look forward to making this

  20. I am so ready for some soup!!! Looks absolutely delicious! I tell you, you and the Sunday Supper crew are amazing!!! Glad you made it through the storm too, btw.

  21. I never heard of some of these spices. I must try it!

  22. Love Seinfeld, and I think of that show every time I hear of this soup! Never actually tried it though 🙁

  23. The soup nazi cracked me up on Seinfeld. This soup looks so good and I can’t wait to try it. I love the addition of cilantro.

  24. Love this rasam so much! I must try this whenever I have flu or fever:-) Thanks for sharing with us, Sue!

  25. Hey Sunithi,
    Tempting recipe . I am not good at cooking but cant resist to give it a try . Thanks

  26. Great recipe, but not sure why the brown sugar. After eliminating processed sugars from our diet we are feeling GREAT! Pretty sure this will taste just as wonderful without it.


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