Today we have a delicious and filling Chicken Mulligatawny soup recipe for you! If some of you are still scratching your head, let’s just say it was popularized by THIS guy, as one of his most prized soups (best episode ever, right?!). I think it’s pretty great that Mulligatawny soup has such a hilarious appearance on Seinfeld. If you’ve never had it before that needs to change! I’ve had mulligatawny a number of times and each time I’ve had it, it’s been totally different. There are a TON of different ways you can prepare it. Our Mulligatawny recipe is naturally our favorite way!
What is Mulligatawny Soup?
Mulligatawny is a soup that originated in south India. The soup consists of stock and coconut milk to give it it’s creamy texture, and is then flavored with a lot of earthy spices like curry, turmeric, and paprika. It’s usually a beautiful yellow color from the curry and turmeric.
How to make Mulligatawny Soup?
For our recipe, we first sauté the vegetables. After they are done cooking we add the rest of the soup ingredients together in one pot and simmer for 30 -40 minutes. Then we blend everything together so it’s silky smooth. Once we have ladled the soup into bowls we garnish them with chicken, rice, cilantro, and raisins.
What is Mulligatawny soup made of?
There are a lot of ingredients that go into Chicken Mulligatawny soup because it has a lot of flavor. In our recipe, the base of the soup consists of:
- chicken stock
- coconut milk
Here are the vegetables we use in our recipe:
- fresh ginger
The spices used vary significantly. The spices we like to use to flavor our Mulligatawny soup are:
- smoked paprika
- black pepper
Does Mulligatawny soup freeze well?
Yes. The best way to do it with our recipe is to freeze the soup prior to garnish. It is best for the garnishes to be fresh and not frozen. Store the pureed soup in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.
Here are some other soup recipes you might like:
- Vegan Lentil Soup
- Creamy Pumpkin Soup
- Roasted Sweet Potato and Leek Soup
- Masoor Dal
- Spicy Black Bean Soup
- Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
- Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- Creamy Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup
Also check out this post for our Best Soup Recipes!
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One Pot Mulligatawny Soup recipe
- ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 red jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 small apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
- 2 ½ teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced thyme
- ½ cup red or yellow lentils (uncooked)
- 3 cups chicken stock
- ⅔ cup coconut milk
- salt to and extra black pepper to taste
toppings and garnish
- cooked jasmine rice
- roasted and shredded chicken breast
- golden raisins
- cilantro, roughly chopped
- Place a large pot over medium-high heat and melt butter. Add onion, celery, carrot, and jalapeno and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, apples, and tomato and continue to sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add all the spices, thyme and lentils to the pot and sauté for 3 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, medium-low and simmer mixture for about 30 to 40 minutes or until lentils have cooked through.
- Pour mixture into a blender or using and immersion blender, puree until smooth.
- Pour mixture back into the pot and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and adjust seasonings.
- To serve: Place about ½ cup of rice at the bottom of each bowl and top with a ladle of soup. Top soup with shredded chicken, a sprinkle of raisins and finally the cilantro. Season with freshly cracked black pepper. Serve.
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I have made this recipe several times now. We love it! I’m serving this to guests tomorrow evening, it’s that good and you really can’t mess it up. Thank you!
I love it. Kids love it. I need to start doubling it!
Oh yay! So glad to hear that!
I made this last night with leftover rotisserie chicken. Loved it!
Hi. Is the coconut milk the type in a can typically used in soups or the drinking kind that usually comes in cartons near the milk in the dairy aisle?
It’s the canned kind, typically used in soup!
Oh lala, Yummy! I love this soup. Used 2 T coconut oil instead of butter, (picky boyfriend) and a purple carrot from the farmer’s market so my soup came out a kind of burgundy color. So good. Big Thank You for this recipe.
Never had or heard of anything like this! I love yellow curry though so this is definitely pinned for future use!
U must be reading my mind I was just going to ask u if u had a recipe for Mulligatawny soup and VOILA I didn’t have to ask Thank you so much I lost mine somewhere along the line
Made this with leftover lamb meat and gravy. Spicing was perfect! It was a big hit. Thanks for sharing