Chicken Coconut Curry Soup - A.k.a. Easy Mulligatawny!

"This is my absolute favorite soup of all time. I've made it for friends and family from Europe to the Caribbean, haven't met anyone who could pass it up! This recipe is based on a soup I tried at an Indian restaurant in Montreal about 5 years back. It was soooo delicious and creamy. I have no idea how they made theirs, but my take is really, really close and super easy."
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  • 1 whole boneless skinless chicken breast, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cups potatoes, peeled and diced (about 5 medium sized potatoes)
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 large or 3 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup onion, peeled and diced (about 1 large onion)
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust according to taste)
  • 12 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (adjust according to taste)


  • In a large pot add water, chicken stock cubes, salt pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken, reduce to medium heat. Let simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, onions. Let simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Add curry powder, ginger, garlic, salt & pepper. Reduce to low heat. Let simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Once the potatoes are fully tender, remove from heat and add coconut milk.
  • Puree with hand blender.
  • Serve with Basmati rice and enjoy!
  • *** Notes: 1. Try not to substitute the fresh ginger or garlic for powdered or paste. This will really alter the overall taste (and not in a good way.). 2. Shake the can of coconut milk before using. Most of the coconut flavor is in the bits that settle at the bottom of the can. 3. You can add chilli powder to make this spicier. It really depends on how hot the curry powder you use is. I usually use a blend of very hot Madras curry powder and very mild Caribbean curry powder.

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  1. Delicious and easy soup. Made as directed except I added some nutmeg and some cinammon to add a bit of sweetness to the flavor.
  2. If you're looking for a substantial appetizer or comfort food with an Indian twist, this is the soup! It is delicious! I left out the chicken, but followed everything else exactly. Loved how the coconut milk tempered the whole thing. The only flag I wd raise is to put in half the curry powder, taste it, and then add more to taste. It was lovely "full-power", but all c.p. is different, and mine made it too spicy for the kids.
  3. Delicious soup. Lots of flavor. I made a few changes only because I am trying to get more vegetarian dishes into my family. I omitted the chicken and used vegetable broth, added chopped kale and black beans. Then proceded with the recipe as printed. I also did not blend the soup. Very easy and everyone loved it. Thanks for submitting it.


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