Vegan Butternut Mulligatawny Soup

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on March 19, 2013


I know everyone is getting into the spirit of spring but I’m still stuck on winter foods.  It’s actually been strangely warm here.  Usually I watch on as other bloggers enjoy spring for at least a month or two before we really start getting spring like weather but this year has been so nice.  We did have, what I would describe as, a spring shower but with snow yesterday evening.  It was seriously snowing sideways.  And after it was done all the trees, blades of grass and even our house had snow sticking to only one side of it.  Weird.  But now it’s all melted and sunny and gorgeous out so I’m really not going to complain 🙂


I am still hung up on soup despite our warmer than usual weather though.  This particular soup is actually my moms idea.  She said she made a pot of butternut squash soup that she wasn’t really happy with so she decided to make it into a mulligatawny soup.  Well she let me try some of it shortly after I had my wisdom teeth out and it was literally the best thing I ate all that week.  So I knew I had to make my own.  And somehow it’s not as good as my moms, but still yummy enough to share with you.  She should really have a food blog of her own, she’s amazing 🙂


So as usual, this soup is vegetarian, but you can very easily add some chopped up chicken to this since there is usually chicken in mulligatawny soup.  It is very filling as it is though.


Don’t be afraid to try this out on your little ones.  My daughter who isn’t quite one year old loooooved this soup!





Vegan Butternut Mulligatawny Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 3 medium onions roughly chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1 C red lentils
  • 8 C water or vegetable stock
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 " piece of ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 C cooked brown rice
  • 1 can coconut milk I used full fat
  • 2 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon plus more to serve
  1. In a large pot place the onions, celery, carrot, squash, potato, red lentils and water. Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer.
  2. While simmering, add the garlic, ginger and all the spices including the bay leaf. Continue to simmer the soup until the red lentils and all the vegetables are completely tender.
  3. Remove the bay leaf from the soup and blending using an immersion blender or by transferring to a blender in batches.
  4. When finished blending, add the coconut milk and brown rice and heat through. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in the lemon juice just before serving. Serve with an extra slice of lemon and fresh flat leaf parsley or cilantro if desired.




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1 Heather March 22, 2013 at 10:44

I have always wanted to try this soup – looks so good! If it makes you feel any better on the first day of spring we had a major snow storm move through leaving us with another 8″ of snow!


2 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 21, 2013 at 20:25

Ahhhh, I am in love with the next to last shot! Gorgeous!

Is it sad that I had to Google “mulligatawny”? I had no idea what it was before, but NOW thanks to Wikipedia, I do! And now I want some of yours! It may be spring now, but Tennessee hasn’t gotten the memo…or maybe it got it and crumbled it up and threw it in the wastebasket, because last weekend was fantastic, but this week has been gloomy, rainy, and COLD! Ugh, so sick of winter weather!


3 Holiday Baker Man March 21, 2013 at 09:52

So tasty!


4 Jill March 21, 2013 at 08:19

That looks delicious! I’m always looking for different soup recipes as it’s the only way I can get my toddler to eat vegetables and try different flavours, can’t wait to try this one. Thank you 🙂


5 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies March 20, 2013 at 10:26

What a great way to salvage an unimpressive batch of butternut squash soup! I’ve made a few of those myself too and I wish I had thought of this. 🙂 It’s a little bit chilly here today and this would be a perfect lunch!


6 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today March 19, 2013 at 23:04

It’s never as good as the meals our mums make 🙂 but looks amazing, beautiful pictures.


7 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 19, 2013 at 19:07

This is such a beautiful soup! It definitely looks hearty and filling. 🙂


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