First, thanks for all of your encouragement and sympathy for my poor finger. I turn into a baby when I have an injury and your comments really did make me feel better. You guys are the best! :)
So I really have three Indian-inspired dishes for you this week. Have you ever tried Mulligatawny? Before this week my only knowledge about this curry-flavored soup was that it was Kramer’s favorite soup from the Soup Nazi. My cousin and his lovely wife (who I have yet to meet in person. . . someday!) posted this on My Wife’s Food Blog. Because I had everything to make it, I gave it a go.
They recommend using curry powder that you like. (Use a good quality — or grind some yourself, you’ll never look at curry powder the same way again!) They also said that this soup freezes well, but we never got the chance to find out.
We ate this for dinner, and I ate it again for lunch for the next two days. My 3-year-old specifically asked for “the orange soup” for lunch. I don’t think I could ever tire of it! It’s so flavorful and warming. All of the vegetables are blended together after a good simmering, and then you add some cooked chicken (chickpeas would be good, if you wanted it meatless), cooked rice, and some cream (. . . or half-and-half. I have nothing against cream — I just didn’t have any.) I’m definitely adding this one to my collection!
Yield: Serves 8
6 Tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee
2 small yellow onions, peeled and diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 Tablespoon good quality curry powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
6 whole cloves (or 1/2 tsp groun)
4 sprigs parsley (or 2 tsp dried)
2 quarts chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes (or one can diced/whole tomatoes, undrained)
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
2 cups cooked rice
Melt the butter in a large, heavy soup pot over medium-high heat (I used my 7 qt, but I had plenty of room). Add onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently until onions are soft and clear. Stir in the tapioca flour, curry powder, nutmeg, and cloves and cook for a minute or so. Add the chicken broth, parsley, salt, pepper, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for about an hour.
Blend soup with an immersion or stick blender (or transfer to a blender in batches and puree) until completely smooth. If using whole cloves, remove before blending. (I forgot to remove mine and I didn’t notice an overpowering clove flavor. I thought it was great.)
Stir in the chicken, cream (or coconut milk), and rice; heat through before serving.
adapted from the San Antonio Express-News via My Wife’s Food Blog