Mulligatawny Soup With Pliaf

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by JackieOhNo

Mulligatawny - which means pepper water - is the name given to the classic East Indian soup that is a meal in intself. Although it starts with a basic chicken soup, its unique flavor comes from a mix of pungent spices. The traditional accompaniment is a bowl of rice pilaf. Most of the preparation is done the day before serving, with the finishing touches done on the day of serving. However, I did not calculate the overnight refrigeration in the time estimates.

Top Review by Susie D

As it was opening day for Pick A Chef I needed a crockpot recipe so made adaptations to make it work. The recipe was a big hit even with the pickiest of diners. (I didn't tell them about the apples or coconut until AFTER they were raving about the soup. HA!) I sauteed boneless chicken pieces and then added all of the soup ingredients to the crockpot except the cream. I was out of apple juice so used applesauce I had open. It cooked on high and smelled delicious. I forgot to add the cream at the end, but we swooned over the soup anyway. defiinitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash chicken; dry with paper towels. On waxed paper, roll in flour; coat completely. Reserve remaining flour.
  2. Chop onions to make 1-1/2 cups. Pare carrots; slice diagonally about 1/2-inch thick. Slice celery 1/4-inch thick. Pare, core apples; c ut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. In hot butter in large heavy 8-quart kettle, saute chicken, several pieces at a time, turning with tongs until browned on all sides. As chicken browns, remove to shallow pan to catch juices. Continue browning the rest of the chicken - 20 minutes in all.
  4. To fat in kettle, add onion, carrot, celery, apple, remaining flour, curry, salt, mace, chili, cayenne, coconut and bay leaf; cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add broth and 3 cups water. Return chicken. Bring to boil; reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 hours.
  5. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat; cool completely. Refrigerate chicken and broth, covered, overnight.
  6. Next day: Skim fat from surface of soup. Remove skin and bone from chicken. Cut chicken meat into large pieces. Return chicken to the kettle.
  7. Add apple juice and cream. Reheat, stirring.
  8. Meanwhile, make pilaf: Cook rice, raisins, almonds, cinnamon and mace; toss to mix.
  9. to serve: Spoon pilaf into warm bowls. Add soup and parsley.

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