Mulligatawny Soup (Indian Curry Soup)

Welp, I’m back on track since my stomach flu hit on Monday afternoon. The stomach flu is the absolute worst. It hits you like a bus, you can’t keep anything inside your body, you have body aches, a high temperature, then chills. It’s a real party. At least it’s over in 36 hours. The problem is now I can’t seem to stomach savory food after eating salmon and salad right before the stomach flu hit. So all I want is gluten free granola or sheep’s milk yogurt or gluten free bread with almond butter and jam because it’s all I can stomach without gagging. It’s all quite lovely.

I even had a huge bowl of this soup left in the fridge and had to throw it out because it was grossing me out. What a shame.

Speaking of this recipe, this one is totally inspired by The Pioneer Woman! I absolutely love that woman. She’s just adorable. And I love watching her show on the Food Network. And the other day, she was making quick and easy meals and she made this soup! I had never heard of it before but was intrigued as soon as she said curry. I’m down for anything curry related, whether it’s Thai or Indian. And when she made it in 16 minutes, I knew I had to try it myself. But I put my own little spin on it. So thank you for the inspiration, Ree Drummond. And thanks for being the cutest human on television.

OMG you guys…we have a hot tub!! I’m so pumped!! I’ve only been in it once since I got sick right after it was finally warm, but that one dip was magical. Especially since it’s 1 degree outside right now. One. What’s even the point of that temperature? It’s pointless. I always forget how gross Colorado can be at times since it’s so wonderful most of the time. But luckily, this winter can’t get me down because my new hobby is hot tubbing. What am I gonna do on football Sundays? My new hobby, duh. Brunch, work, hot tub, nap. Sundays are finally perfect because of this new hot tub. And my marriage is even better because of it! Winning!

PaleOMG Mulligatawny Soup (Indian Curry Soup)


Mulligatawny Soup (Indian Curry Soup)

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste,
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Add ghee along with the onion and carrot and saute until onion becomes translucent, at least 5 minutes. Then add in chicken and garlic and cook chicken until it’s no longer visibly pink, about 7-8 minutes, then add curry powder and mix to cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add broth, coconut milk, honey, salt and pepper, and green apple, mix to combine, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture has reduced by 1/3.
  3. To serve, squeeze fresh lime juice on top along with some cilantro then eat up!

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37 thoughts on “Mulligatawny Soup (Indian Curry Soup)”

  1. When I’m sick to my stomach, I have a strong aversion to meat (mainly chicken). So I TOTALLY understand not want to each savory foods and the soup. Just listen to your body – I think it wants “safe” foods that are not likely to make it sick again. Glad you’re on the mends!

  2. This looks delicious and I bet would be great over some rice (I run – a lot – so I do rice)! 🙂 🙂

    Glad you are on the mend … the stomach flu is the worst and it changes your tastebuds sooooo much! I was sick last year and all I wanted was a bagel and cream cheese (so not paleo but it was food and I needed something in my belly).

    Enjoy the hot tub … I am freezing at 50 in Los Angeles!

  3. Oh my gosh – I saw this episode on The Pioneer Woman the other day! I’m not a huge curry person – but she convinced me that I should try this soup – and the paleo version sounds even better, so thank you!

  4. OH MY GAHHH totally making this for dinner tonight. Thank you for the continual delicious recipes Juli. I’ve been craving a healthy soup that also has some substance and protein in it and this is perfect. And, I mean, it’s a curry…what’s not to love about this recipe?!

  5. This was so delicious! It disappeared quickly, so I will be making it again this week. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I think I’ll add this to my list of recipes I make for myself that hubby won’t eat. He’s not a fan of soup and especially this type of flavour profile. I want to make it more of a hearty meal, so maybe I’ll add some peppers/squash and potato/yam. Looks tasty and super easy! I would love to say I have enough homemade broth at all times, but it’s so much easier to use packaged.

  7. This was awesome!! I used my own turkey broth made from Thanksgiving…thankfully, the weirdness of me leaving my best friend’s house with 3 turkey carcasses has worn off since I do it every year! Throw those carcasses in a lobster pot and simmer away all day. Amazing. Oops, got off topic.

    This soup is easy and fantastic. I got about 3 servings because I kept tasting it in the pot while simmering. I sort of doubted the apple and didn’t put the whole one in but I should’ve trusted you (my bad) b/c it really is a great addition. I also added a couple of handfuls of spinach, which I add to everything. Making this again soon!!

  8. I first heard about this recipe on the podcast and decided it would be nice to throw something a little different into my meal plan. Holy shit, IT’S THE TITS. I was so nervous about combining ingredients I usually wouldn’t (I.e. curry with apples) but it’s so delicious! Thank you for the simple and totally satisfying recipe! Definitely on my “make this again” list.

  9. I’m doing another round of Whole30 with some friends and stumbled across this delight dish. I’m wondering how off the flavor would be if the honey was nixed. Any thoughts?

  10. Made this last night with leftover rotisserie chicken, didn’t have a green apple or cilantro, and it was STILL DELISH! Can’t wait to have it today for lunch! Thanks for sharing these great recipes AND the workouts!

  11. This sounds Perfect! I had Mulligatawny Soup for the first time years ago at a deli in NYC – I’ve never forgotten the mind-blowing deliciousness! We have all ingredients on hand and will make this tomorrow. If I make a large batch, can the leftovers be frozen and reheated successfully?

  12. Juli! We made this the other night and it was so goooooooooood. I then went to a friends and we made it together — she then made it again yesterday. I had it for lunch the next day and added diced sweet potato. One of my favorites now for sure. Just killing it, girl! So happy for you, hope all is well. 🙂

  13. Made this a couple nights ago! And it has been devoured. I had to hide the last serving under the vegetables!!

  14. I found this recipe while searching for paleo chicken recipes and let me tell you I am SO glad I found it! We love this soup! There was a point there when I was craving it I love it so much! Gonna make this again tonight. It’ll probably be about the 5th time I’ve made it in 3 months. This one’s becoming a staple around here. And I’ll add that to make this candida-friendly omit the carrot and honey.

  15. Ditto Rachael.

    IMO this recipe is perfect. Simple. Delicious. Best version of this soup I’ve had. Wife loved it. Perfect after a 6mi hike with the pup. Thanks JB.

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