Every time I hear the word “Mulligatawny” I can’t help but think about Seinfeld. So when I saw this recipe for “Mulligatawnski” Mulligawtawny in The Looneyspoons Collection: Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun!, a big colorful, picture rich cookbook with more than 325 healthy recipes – by Janet and Greta Podleski, I decided to give it a try.
Mulligatawny, which literally means “pepper water,” is a traditional curry flavored soup of Anglo-Indian origin, with with a wide variety of interpretations. This version, with chicken, curry powder, chili powder, ginger, cumin, cloves, brown rice or quinoa, tomatoes, apple, coconut milk and cilantro, sounded especially flavorful. And it was!
Having never eaten or made Mulligatawny before, I have no real basis for comparison. But as far as I’m concerned, I can’t imagine there being one any better.
- 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
- 1 tablespoon grated gingerroot
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 whole cloves
- 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
- ½ cup uncooked brown rice (not instant) or quinoa
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
- ¾ cup light coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons cilantro or parsley
- In a large pot set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the celery, onions, carrots and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken and cook, stirring often, until the chicken is no longer pink.
- Add the gingerroot, curry powder, chili powder, cumin and cloves. Cook and stir for 1 more minute.
- Add the broth, tomatoes, rice, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the apple and simmer until the apple is tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro and continue to cook until heated through.
- Serve hot.
I received a copy of this book to review free from the publisher and have many more recipes tagged that I want to try. Thank You, Hay House.
And here’s a fun Mulligatawny clip from Seinfeld
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