Mulligatawny (Indian) Soup ( Beef )

Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

This was my favourite soup from the Bell Canada cafeteria; many years later, I found the recipe in a Soup & Starter cookbook! Its a good way to use up leftover roast beef (or lamb). If I don't have dripping on hand, I broil some bacon, use the bacon fat & eat the bacon!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored & chopped
  • 14 cup dripping
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 -4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup leftover cooked beef, minced
  • 13 cup cooked rice


  1. Fry vegetables & apple in drippings until soft & beginning to lose colour.
  2. Stir in flour & curry and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add stock, tomatoes & seasoning.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover & simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Sieve or liquidize the soup & return to pot.
  6. Add minced beef & rice.
  7. Bring back to the boil for 2- 3 minutes, check the seasoning & serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is one of the best soups I've ever eaten! I used well-seasoned beef mince and fried it with a rasher of bacon to provide the 'drippings' required. I used 5 teaspoons each of a mild curry powder and 5 teaspoons of garam masala. To give the soup some added richness, I added the beef and rice about 15 minutes before the end of cooking time. This dish froze and reheated well.

5 5

Ok! Winter is here and I have been waiting to make this recipe for so long. Made it last night and it was a real hit! Used 3 tsps of fat by heating chicken skin and 3 tsps of my garam masala powder with 4 cups of beef stock. DS was ready to hit the roof but wanted to have it at the same time. DH and Me just broke out into a sweat. (that is a good sign ;) ) Supposed to be a good Indian soup. But I'll have you know that it is the first time I have made or tasted this. I am going only by taste in rating this. But isn't that all that matters in the final gastronomical reckoning!? Thank you. Will definitely make it again. :) Fay

5 5

I made this with 5 cups of organic vegetable broth and left out the meat to make a vegetarian version of this. Replaced the drippings with about 1/4 cup of butter, maybe a little less. Didn't quite fill up the entire cup to the top. I used red curry so it was pretty hot. Got rid of that summer cough everyone is getting because of the humid heat outside and airconditioning indoors. I would not just recommend this for lovers of indian food, but also to anyone who might be feeling under the weather.