Red Lentil Mulligatawny With Apple-Celery Salsa

"Creamy red lentil soup with a refreshing salsa made of apple, celery and cilantro makes this surprisingly complex! If you like spicy, you could try adding some cayenne, curry paste or even red pepper flakes. From Cooking Light, March 2006. Note: Swanson's 99% fat free broth and Lite Coconut milk add 75 calories per serving; keeping each bowl under 300 calories - and these are big sized bowls!"
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  • Prepare salsa - combine salsa ingredients; cover and chill.
  • Combine broth, lentils and onion in large saucepan over medium high heat; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  • Remove from heat; add coconut milk, tomato paste, ginger, cumin and turmeric.
  • Process soup in food processor or blender in batches until smooth.
  • Return to saucepan; cover and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice, salt & pepper.
  • Ladle into soup bowls and top with apple salsa.

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  1. the flavor was spot on and i felt that the salsa really made this soup something special. My soup was really thin, so next time i will use less veggie broth. also, no one else mentioned this, but i found that perhaps there were a few too many onions.
  2. A very nice, slightly sweet with the salsa soup! It really hit the spot and was easy to put together. I used young coconut juice which worked well. Thanks Brooke for sharing such a yummy recipe!
  3. Light, creamy and lovely- this mulligatawny is sure to please, especially those who like only a mild curry-ish flavor. My mom especially enjoyed this, though without the salsa (she's not a cilantro fan). With or without the salsa, it's a very nice soup, and simple to boot. Thanks!
  4. What an excellent bowl of soup! I don't think I've ever before seen a vegan meal that my whole family would eat - this was it! Next time to spice it up, I might add some peppers, but it was great as it was.
  5. Yum!, we love authentic flavors at my house and this recipe has a very spicy and authentic blended flavor. My daughter works in a health food store and proudly brought home a bag of beautiful red lentils and I had just picked some apples a few days back so this was THE recipe that called out to me and I'm super glad! Made during ZWT4.


  1. Wow, this is really tops! The salsa was great with the soup. I strongly recommend this recipe. If you don't add extra spices, it's not too spicey for sensitive palattes (except maybe some kids). I added extra cayenne, and I thought it could use even more spice, like extra cumin? Instead of chicken broth I used vegetable broth, and unfortunately I couldn't find light coconut milk so I put in only 3/4 cups of regular. Also, since BF is not overly fond of cilantro, I put in basil instead (some of which I happened to have), which I thought was a more than adequate substitute. You could try eating this without blending it up first, but I think it's better blended. I think I'll add this to my favorites cookbook! Thanks Brooke!


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