Classic Indian flavours come together in this mulligatawny soup. Leave the bits of chicken out for a smooth, sophisticated Indian flavoured soup.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
- 1 cup red split lentils - also known as masoor dahl
- 4 cups low or no-sodium chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 4 oz potatoes cubed
- 2 Tbsp garlic/ginger paste - recipe link below
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs or 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp mild kashmiri chili powder or 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp course ground black pepper or 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
Combine lentils, chicken stock and turmeric and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
Add potatoes. Simmer another 30 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot so it doesn't boil over.
Puree the soup in batches. Your blender works best. Return soup to pot.
Trim visible fat from the chicken. Cut into 1/3 inch chunks.
Add oil to a clean frying pan. Heat over medium heat.
Pay attention at this point. Add the garlic ginger paste and fry, stirring constantly until the splattering stops.
Add the spice mix and continue to stir constantly for another 30 seconds. Regulate your heat. Don't let the spices burn!
Add the chicken and continue to stir. Cook chicken until almost done - about 3 minutes.
Add chicken mixture to soup pot. Simmer 3 minutes. Add lemon juice. Simmer an additional 2 minutes.
Thin the soup with stock if needed. Adjust seasoning (salt) to taste. To my taste another teaspoon or a bit more works. But everyone is different. Creep up on it. Can always add more. Cannot take it away.
Serve with a spoonful of raita or drizzle with a bit of heavy cream.
If you don't have garlic ginger paste make some. Combine equal quantities by weight with a 50/50 mix of vegetable oil and water to form a thick puree. Need more info? The recipe for garlic ginger paste is here.
Serving: 4servings | Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1014mg | Potassium: 1015mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 6.1mg