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Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Mulligatawny soup: Your weeknight passage to India

  • This version of mulligatawny soup takes only 20 minutes.

    This version of mulligatawny soup takes only 20 minutes.

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.
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.
Mulligatawny soup
2 teaspoons butter
1 cup sliced onion
½ cup sliced carrots
½ cup sliced celery
½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces
½ tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon flour
1½-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped (1 tablespoon) or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1½ cups fat-free, low-salt chicken broth
1 cup water
½ cup light coconut milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup cored and cubed apple
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
4 lemon wedges
1½ cups cooked rice.
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.
To serve, spoon about ¾ cup rice into 2 large soup bowls and ladle soup on top. Sprinkle with chopped apple and cilantro. Place lemon wedges on side.
Makes 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.
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