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Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup

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  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup is so creamy and richly satisfying with bright and spicy Indian flavors.  This vegan adaptable version is delicious as is or can easily be built upon adding chicken, more veggies and rice.  An easy and fast weeknight meal!


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  • 3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 serrano chili, slit in half leaving the stem intact
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 yam, cubed
  • 1 green apple, cubed
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 15 ounces coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro- leaves and stems, chopped
  • 13 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Turn instant pot on saute function.  Add ghee and cumin, mustard, coriander seeds.  Saute 2 minutes.
  2. Add onion, garlic, ginger, the slit serrano chili, and curry powder.  Saute 3 more minutes.
  3. Add carrot, yam, apple, broth, red lentils, sea salt, tomato, and coconut milk.  Stir and scrape any bits stuck on the bottom.   Set the instant pot to medium pressure for 10 minutes.
  4. Release the pressure.  Stir in parsley, cilantro and lemon juice.

Serve with yogurt and naan bread  or basmati rice.


Optional garnish- tempered seeds (so crunchy and flavorful!) Just before serving in a small skillet, heat 2 teaspoons ghee (or grapeseed oil), 2 teaspoons each: mustard seed, whole coriander & whole cumin.  Fry a few minutes until spices darken a bit and smell heavenly.

Make more of a hearty meal;  add chicken thighs or breasts (or chickpeas) to the Mulligatawny before pressure cooking, cook basmati rice in a separate pot.  Serve in a bowl with soup ladled over the rice.  Top with yogurt, chopped tomatoes, cashews and more fresh cilantro.

For stove top follow instructions using a heavy bottom soup pot, sautéing over medium heat.  After adding all ingredients let simmer 40-50 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 387
  • Sugar: 8.9 g
  • Sodium: 962.4 mg
  • Fat: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.2 g
  • Fiber: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg