Mulligatawny, which literally means “pepper water,” is an English interpretation of an Indian dish. It has seemingly limitless versions, but most have curry and a bit of chicken. We've added tart Granny Smith apples, plenty of spice and a touch of coconut milk. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2007

Jessie Price
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add apples, curry powder, cumin, coriander and ginger and cook, stirring often, until the apples begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add broth and rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 12 minutes.

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  • Add chicken, return to a simmer and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Stir

  • in coconut milk and return to a simmer. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Garnish with almonds (if using).

Tips

Tips: Hot Madras curry powder, located in the spice aisle of most supermarkets, adds a pleasant level of heat. Substitute regular curry powder for a milder soup.

To toast chopped nuts: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; 6.7 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 701 mg sodium. 23.8 g carbohydrates; 17.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2014
New Soup for Sickness This soup has great flavor and depth. There's so many different textures and flavors. Pros: Amazing flavor very warming Cons: Not on my stove right now Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/09/2012
Too Much Fruit I've had several mulligatawny soups but none that tasted like this. Even the spices tasted off. The apples overpowered it and light coconut milk didn't make it creamy at all. Overall it was disappointing but the toasted almonds are a nice touch. Pros: Fun to make Cons: Tasted like apple soup Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2012
Loving this! For sure I will make this again! Even my 4 yr old and 15 month old loved it. I used 1/2 teaspoon of madras and 1teaspoon of regular curry so t wasn't too spicy for the little ones. Pros: Yummy light but yet satisfying and super easy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This soup is easy to prepare and tastes great. I have also made it with vegetable broth seitan and brown rice for a vegan version equally good. Alisha Sauer Ames IA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It is definitely better the next day. I make it a day in advance. I also prefer to up the heat with whole red pepper pods that are easily removed. Try swapping out the veggies from time to time just to change things up... Asparagus holds up well as do carrots and bell peppers. Anonymous NJ Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My daughter made this delicious soup. At first glance I would have thought the recipe was too spicy for my husband. Not true at all. This soup is more sophisticated than regular chicken soup. Loved it. Tina Marquette MI Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was a great dish! Easy and with lots of distinct flavors and good the next day. The apples were particularly nice and the almonds on top were a good touch. Anonymous Walnut Creek CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I eat Indian food frequently and was curious to make this variation. It is excellent - easy to make (some time to dice ingredients) sweet and spicy. Nice texture. The apples aren't overpowering and add so much. I do increase the spices to give it more zing. It's almost best the next day. Great served with homemade bread and sharp cheese. Anonymous Williston VT Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Although this dish requires some prep work it was very easy to make. It's great if you don't like spicy food but for folks that enjoy a little heat use the hot curry powder and up the amount of spices. Also we used brown basmati rice and it was fine. And it's better the next day. Anonymous San Francisco CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We love this and it's easy to prepare once everything has been diced. I use regular curry instead of madras so that it's not too hot for my 13 year-old daughter- she loves it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I love this soup! I do not add the rice but add bite size broccoli pieces when the chicken is added. I also use more spice. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I loved the soup! I had a only regular curry powder so it wasn't spicy at all even though I usually love the spicy stuff. I omitted the lemon juice. Very easy and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious!! I used one apple and substituted the other for a red pepper just give it some color. It was delicious my 9 yr old daughter couldn't stop commenting on how great it smelled while I was cooking it. Definitely be making this again! Pros: Easy to make Cons: NONE Read More