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Mulligatawny Soup Recipe

Indian cuisine is the most enjoyed food in the U.K, from curries to tandoori chicken. The Indian influence stems from when Britain ruled the Indian subcontinent from the late 1800’s until 1947, so in addition to the mulligatawny, other dishes like chutneys and kedgeree (a curried rice and fish dish) were born.

Mulligatawny soup is the lesser popular item on Indian restaurant menus, but it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves because it is so good and it could not be easier to make.

Mulligatawny Soup Picture

The mulligatawny name originates from the Tamil words, millagai/milagu and thanni, roughly translated as ‘pepper water’.

Lamb or chicken is typically used in mulligatawny soup and there are many variations on the original that can include adding coconut milk, other Indian spices, lentils and chickpea flour to thicken. I used canned chickpeas, as they are more readily available than chickpea flour and since some of the soup is blended, as well as the addition of basmati rice, the chickpeas along with the rice do a great job of thickening the soup.

Mulligatawny Soup Image

Other vegetables can be added, but the typical mirepoix or trinity of onions, carrots and celery are always used as the base of the recipe. An element of sweetness is also added, sometimes in the form of an Indian chutney, but using a sweet red apple is perfectly acceptable as I did in this recipe.

It’s all about simplicity with mulligatawny soup and using ingredients that are available in the Western world is more convenient to us, rather than having to seek out some of the more exotic, Indian ingredients.

Mulligatawny Soup Pic

There’s no mistaking a dish that has curry and turmeric powder added, and this mulligatawny soup is certainly distinct in its golden yellow hue.

Mulligatawny Soup Photo

Mulligatawny Soup Recipe

Janette Fuschi
Mulligatawny soup is a curry-based Indian influenced, thick and vibrantly flavored soup. With chicken, vegetables, basmati rice and Indian spices, this soup is a delicious blend of East meets West.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine British
Servings 4
Calories 494.75 kcal


  • 1 Chickpeas
  • 4 Chicken Stock
  • 2 Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Celery chopped small
  • 2 Carrot chopped small
  • 1 Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Fresh Ginger grated
  • 1 Mild Curry Powder
  • 1 Ground Turmeric
  • 1 Cumin
  • 1 Salt
  • 0.5 Red Apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 Cooked Basmati Rice
  • Fresh Cilantro chopped for garnish


  • Add the chickpeas to a blender with 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • To a soup pan add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the chicken breast and brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the remaining oil and butter over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until they start to soften.
  • Add the celery, carrots, garlic and ginger. Cook for 1 minute then stir in the curry, turmeric, cumin powder and salt, cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the apple, chickpea purée and rest of the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. To make the soup thicker, remove 2 ladles of soup and blend or use an immersion hand blender to blend up some of the apple while still keeping the soups chunky texture.
  • Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the cooked basmati rice. Serve warm garnished with chopped cilantro.


Calories: 494.75kcalCarbohydrates: 62.13gProtein: 20gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 1740.75mgFiber: 6.13gSugar: 3.75g
Keyword Apples, British, Carrots, Chicken, Chickpeas, Curry, Easy Dinners, Indian, Onions, Simmered, Soups, Winter
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