What’s For Dinner?
Mulligatawny Soup - from Rainbow Natural Foods
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From the menu of . . . Rainbow Natural Foods
2118 N. Decatur Road
404-636-5553 (grocery, deli); 404-633-3538 (restaurant)
Q: Rainbow Grocery is one of my favorite places to get lunch, and the last time I was there, I picked up a container of their Mulligatawny Soup. The label gives the ingredients as yellow split peas, stock, tomatoes, onion and garlic, but they don't list the spices that make it so incredibly good.
- Gina Webb, Atlanta
A: Restaurant and deli manager Larry Sutton says this recipe was in use when he started at Rainbow 13 years ago. "I don't know where it came from, " he admits. But he knows why people love it. "We have so many good soups, and we make them all from scratch, " he said. "It's just the freshness of the ingredients, and it's just a tasty recipe."
Hands on time: 1 hour and 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes Serves: 6
1 cup yellow dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
6 to 7 cups vegetable stock
1 large tomato, peeled and chopped (or 1/2 of 14-ounce can diced tomatoes)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
In a small frying pan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, mustard, coriander, cayenne, cloves and ginger. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. Stir the onion mixture into the soup with the salt and pepper and simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
Garnish the soup with the chopped cilantro before serving.
As with any soup, starting with a flavorful stock is important. If you choose not to make your own, go with a good-quality vegetarian stock from a carton, not a can. We tested the recipe with Pacific Foods brand organic vegetable broth, and the result was delicious.