Quick Fix for 2

Mulligatawny soup is passage to India

November 13, 2012 


Let tangy, 20-minute mulligatawny soup be your weeknight passage to India.


  • Mulligatawny Soup 2 teaspoons butter 1 cup sliced onion 1/2 cup sliced carrots 1/2 cup sliced celery 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoon flour 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped (1 tablespoon) or 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 cups fat-free, low-salt chicken broth 1 cup water 1/2 cup light coconut milk Salt and black pepper 1 1/2 cup cooked white rice 1 cup cored, cubed apple 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional) 4 lemon wedges HEAT butter over medium-high heat in a large nonstick saucepan. Add onion, carrots, celery and chicken and saute 5 minutes. Add the curry powder, flour and ginger and saute about 30 seconds. Stir in chicken broth, water and coconut milk and simmer 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. DIVIDE rice into 2 large soup bowls and ladle soup on top. Sprinkle with chopped apple and cilantro. Place lemon wedges on side. Yield: 2 servings PER SERVING: 469 calories (21 percent from fat), 10.9 g fat (5.1 g saturated, 2.2 g monounsaturated), 82 mg cholesterol, 32.4 g protein, 62.4 g carbohydrates, 5.1 g fiber, 666 mg sodium.

Mulligatawny soup has Anglo-Indian origins attributed to servants for the English Raj in India. Curry powder and ginger give the soup a pungent flavor while chicken and freshly diced apple provide a contrast in texture. There are also vegetarian versions using almonds instead of meat.

Authentic curry powder is a blend of freshly ground spices and herbs such as cardamom, chilies, cinnamon, cloves, coriander and cumin; it’s made fresh every day. Commercial curry powder comes in two forms: standard and the hotter Madras.

I mentioned mulligatawny soup when I interviewed Indian author Madhur Jaffrey on my radio program and was surprised by the many calls requesting a recipe. I created this tangy, 20-minute version using commercial curry powder and canned light coconut milk.

This soup tastes great the second day. If you have time, make double.

Serve with microwaved white rice, about 3/4 cup cooked rice per person.

This meal contains 469 calories per serving with 21 percent of calories from fat.

Wine suggestion: This spicy dish would go nicely with a slightly off-dry white chenin blanc.

Helpful hints

• Curry powder can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. It loses its freshness after 2 to 3 months.


• Start soup.

• While soup simmers, make enough microwave white rice for two.

• Complete soup and serve with rice.

Shopping list

To buy: microwaveable white rice; 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1 medium apple, 1 lemon, 1 small bunch cilantro, 1 small piece fresh ginger or ground ginger, 1 container curry powder and 1 can light coconut milk.

Staples: Onion, carrot, celery, fat-free low-salt chicken broth, flour, butter, salt and black peppercorns.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

For a printable copy of the recipe, click the link:

Mulligatawny Soup

Gassenheimer: DinnerInMinutes.com

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service