It’s a tradition for a lot of people in Germany to watch “Dinner For One” on New Year’s Eve. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a link so that you can watch it: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9105942950207814319#.
The soup course in the play comprises Mulligatawny and my husband asked me yesterday if I could make it, because he’d never heard of it until Dinner For One.
I adapted a recipe that I found under allrecipe.com. Next time I’ll substitute a tablespoon of my Thermomix curry powder for the spices in the original recipe. I didn’t have curry leaves, so I just left them out and the soup still came out fine. A word about the tamarind: I added a little boiling water and pureed it in the TMX before adding it to the soup.
1 tablespoon oil (or ghee), 1 chopped onion, 4 cloves chopped garlic, 2 tsp finely chopped or grated fresh ginger, 2 green chili peppers (I used 1 tsp hot Hungarian paprika), 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 2 tsp ground coriander seed, 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 4 cardomom pods, 1 tbsp chopped fresh curry leaves, 1 carrot peeled and chopped, 1 apple peeled and diced (I used pear), 1 cup red lentils rinsed and drained, 8 cups vegetable broth, 1 tbsp tamarind concentrate, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 cups (or one 400ml) coconut milk, 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, garam masala
What to do
- Heat oil in a large pan, cook onion, garlic, ginger, chilies, spices and curry leaves. Stir until onion is lightly browned and mixture is fragrant.
- Add carrot, apple, potato, dhal, and vegeta ble stock to pan; simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are just tender (I brought the mixture up to the boil in the pressure cooker and cooked for 5 minutes under pressure). Discard cardamom pods and curry leaves.
- Blend or process soup mixture, in batches, until pureed; return to pan. Add tamarind, lemon juice, coconut milk and fresh coriander leaves; stir until heated through.Season to taste with salt and garam masala.
I served the soup with a few slices of lemon floating on top.