Mulligatawny Soup with Jasmine Rice

Mulligatawny Recipe and Jasmine Rice

Warm Up!

All this Arctic Vortex talk (and accompanying blizzard aftermath) has got your intrepid Gluten-Free Goddess shivering in her skivvies and sporting a Brooklyn-style knit beanie at her desk. Outside our winter rental it is a frosty 17ºF as I type (a heat wave- up from 8ºF upon waking). Remind me again why we chose Cape Cod for our Winter of 2014 I mutter, shuffling in double socks to brew my favorite anti-depressant. A steaming cuppa Joe.

The sky is icy blue this morning. And I am craving mulligatawny. As luck or fate or Plan B foresight would have it, I have enough ingredients on hand to make my favorite soup for lunch today. A simpler, easier version of my well worn recipe for Vegetarian Mulligatawny.

I skipped the cabbage and cauliflower and canned tomatoes this time, and upped the carrots for a bright, fresh tasting- dare I say- healthy potage (that's a fancy word for soup, as you, Darling, already surely know; I just mention it in case you might think I'm getting snobby or elitist or uppity- Goddess forbid!).

I just started reading The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron. I need a kick in the creative butt. I'm feeling stuck. Not in a blasé, cigarette dangling, shoulder shrugging What's the point? existential despair kind of stuck.

But close.

I blame the Arctic Vortex.

Mulligatawny recipe

Mulligatawny Soup Recipe with Jasmine Rice

Recipe originally posted January 2010 by Karina Allrich.

This quick and easy version of mulligatawny is vegetarian by default- I don't add the traditional chicken to my mulligatawny. But if you'd prefer to add some foul, make sure those birds were free range and organically raised. Why? Watch Food Inc and find out.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon gluten-free red curry paste or curry powder, to taste
1 medium red onion, peeled, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 quart light vegetable broth
1 cup coconut milk
Juice from 1 or 2 medium limes, as needed
1 teaspoon raw organic agave nectar or organic raw sugar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 14-oz. can chick peas, rinsed and drained
Finely diced red onion, apple, or chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

You'll also need:

1 pot of cooked jasmine rice


Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a medium size soup pot. Add the curry paste and stir briefly to season the oil. Add in the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, apples and sweet potato; stir and cook until softened, about 7 minutes.

Stir in the vegetable broth. Bring to a high simmer and then cover the pot; reduce the heat and simmer the soup, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, a squeeze of lime juice and a touch of agave or raw sugar. Stir with love. Taste for seasoning adjustments. Could it use more lime to tart it up a bit? A little salt and pepper?

Adjust the seasonings to your liking. Heat through gently; don't boil.

Puree the soup with a handheld immersion blender (you could also puree in small batches, covered tightly, in a blender or a food processor; hold the lid on, though as hot soup sputters and expands when it is blended). Return the puree to the soup pot.

Stir in the drained chick peas. Heat through on low heat until serving.

Note: If you prefer a little more texture, you can also puree only half the soup- or mash it lightly with a potato masher until you have the consistency you desire. Then add the chick peas and warm through.

Serve the mulligatawny with a garnish of diced red onion, apple or cilantro. Add a spoonful of rice to the center of each soup bowl.

Serves 4.

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Mulligatawny Soup from Ahaar- Pleasure and Sustenance

Red Lentil Soup at 101 Cookbooks

Vegan Lentil Soup at Kalyn's Kitchen

The Accidental Soup Recipe: Chick Peas, Ginger and Coriander at Pinch My Salt


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