Turkey (or Chicken) Mulligatawny

This recipe is featured in the post Mulligatawny Soup Two Ways

Here’s a great way to use that leftover holiday turkey, or the meat you saved from your last batch of chicken stock. Start with a good flavorful, rich bone broth, seasoned with a masala of lightly caramelized onions, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard, and Serrano pepper. Instead of the usual carrots, sweet potatoes turn out to be the perfect compliment to the flavors in this soup.

Servings: 4 to 6

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total: 45 to 60 minutes


2 Tbsp.  ghee or vegetable oil*
1 1/2 cups  diced red onions
1 Tbsp.  minced ginger
2 each  minced garlic cloves
1 tsp.  turmeric
1/4 tsp.  ground cumin
1/4 tsp.  ground coriander
1/4 tsp.  Coleman’s mustard powder
1/4 tsp.  ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups  minced cooked turkey
1 Tbsp.  seedless tamarind paste**

1/2 each  Serrano pepper
or a pinch of cayenne, to taste***
1 cup  diced bell pepper
1 cup  peeled diced sweet potato
1 large tomato, diced
4 cups  turkey or chicken broth
1/4 tsp.  ground cardamom
3/4 cup  coconut milk
salt to taste
fresh chopped cilantro
fresh lime juice


  1. Heat ghee or vegetable oil in a dutch oven or medium saucepan set over medium heat.  Add onions and ginger and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes until the onions are translucent and just beginning to brown. 
  2. Add garlic, turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard, and black pepper.  Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.  Add turkey, tamarind paste, and a pinch of salt and cook for about 5 minutes more, stirring to coat the chicken with the onion and spice mixture.
  3. Add serrano or cayenne, bell pepper, sweet potato, tomato, chicken broth, and cardamom.  Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer.  Cook gently for about 20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender.  Add coconut milk and salt to taste and simmer for 5 minutes more.  
  4. Serve with fresh cilantro and lime juice.

Recipe Notes:

*Butter makes everything taste better.  You can use vegetable oil here, but you’ll notice the difference in sweetness and richness that butter and ghee adds to the dish.

**No tamarind paste, no problem.  Substitute shredded apple and a little vinegar or apple butter for the desired sweet & sour flavor.

***The heat is up to you.  Add as little or as much as you prefer.

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