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Turkey Mulligatawny Soup

Turkey Mulligatawny Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
In place of the fresh turkey breast, you can use leftover cooked turkey or a purchased rotisserie chicken. Remove and discard the skin and bones, and cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Add the cooked turkey or chicken to the soup along with the yogurt.


  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 boneless, skinless turkey breast half, about 1 1/2 lb., cut into
      bite-size cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbs. curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro (optional)


Sauté the turkey and vegetables
In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the turkey and sauté until lightly browned on all sides, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate and set aside.

Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic to the pot and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 7 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more to blend the flavors.

Simmer the soup
Add the broth and browned turkey to the pot, increase the heat to high and bring just to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium, add the rice and cook, uncovered, until the rice is tender and the turkey is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the yogurt and simmer for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the cilantro and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Soup, by Georgeanne Brennan (Oxmoor House, 2006).