…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? If you’re a fan of Seinfeld, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with the Soup Nazi. He was famous for his Mulligatawny Soup which, if you didn’t know how to order properly, his response would be “No Soup For You!” The funny thing about the Soup Nazi is he is a relatively small character in the overall timeline of the show. There are 180 episodes of Seinfeld over its 9-year run, and the Soup Nazi only appears in 2 episodes. Nevertheless, his name is forever linked with the show.
I first came to taste Mulligatawny Soup in an Irish pub in Dublin. It had a taste of curry which you wouldn’t have found in Ireland at the time. With a name like Mulligatawny, I thought it was Irish… doh! Mulligatawny is the Anglicized version of the Tamil (a southern Indian dialect) which means "pepper water" or "pepper broth." It became popular with the British stationed in India who were employees of the East India Company during the British colonial period, during the late 18th century.
My Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup is a rich, warm, soup with a nice light curry spice flavor.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
For the soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut into 2-inch cubes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced green pepper
4 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons fresh ginger (grated) or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1-1/2 tablespoons sweet curry powder
1-1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
6 cups chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup white rice (rinsed well)
1 apple, diced
3 whole cloves
To finish the soup
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
ChefSecret: Always remember that tasting the spice level a teaspoon at a time is different from eating an entire portion. This recipe results in a mild, sweet curry flavor; if you like a spicier version add more curry powder.
Quip of the Day: “I bought a warehouse full of soup stock… now I’m a bouillonaire!
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