Mulligatawny Soup

The name originates from the Tamil words millagai and thanni and can be translated as "pepper-water". Due to its popularity in England during the British Rule of India, it was one of the few items of Indian cuisine that found common mention in the literature of the period. The recipe for mulligatawny varied greatly over the years, therefore there is no single original version. Later versions included British modifications that included meat but the local Indian recipe on which it was based did not. Early references to it in English go back to 1784.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup white rice
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half - cut into cubes
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, heated


  1. Saute onions, celery, carrot, and butter in a large soup pot. Add flour and curry, and cook 5 more minutes. Add chicken stock, mix well, and bring to a boil. Simmer about 1/2 hour.
  2. Add apple, rice, chicken, salt, pepper, and thyme. Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until rice is done.
  3. When serving, add hot cream.