Monthly Archives: December 2013

Curry of Chicken Soup with Rice (Mulligatawny)

Curried_Chicken_Soup1 (1 of 1)Mulligatawny is a delicious Anglo-Indian soup that has its origins in South India. The name is said to come from the Tamil words milagu (“pepper”) and thanni (“water”). Pepper water  doesn’t sound so appetizing to me, and it not representative of this great soup. If I had to pick out one ingredient that I think makes this soup shine, I would definitely say it’s the cloves — they really add to the depth of flavor of this dish. Hope you’ll try it tonight!

2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 2 large), trimmed of all visible fat
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp butter
12 black peppercorns
6 whole cloves
6 cups chicken stock
1 large apple (such as Golden Delicious), peeped, cored and diced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup cream
1 recipe steamed jasmine rice
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine the flour, curry powder, 1 tsp of the salt, ground ginger and ground turmeric. Rub into the chicken and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the diced apples and lemon juice; set aside.

In a large Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and any of the Curried_Chicken_Soup2 (1 of 1)spice mixture that may have fallen off. Brown chicken on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp salt, peppercorns, cloves and chicken stock to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring to deglaze the pan. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer gently for 1 hour. Add the apples and lemon juice; cook for another 15 minutes.

Remove chicken breasts from the pan. When cool enough to work with your fingers, remove skin and discard. Remove meat from the bones and shred. Add shredded chicken back to the pan. Stir in the cream. Season to taste with additional salt.

Divide the cooked rice among 4 bowls. Ladle soup over each and top each with chopped parsley and freshly ground black pepper. Serve.

Serves 4.

Tagine of Lamb Meatball Soup

Moroccan_Meatball_Soup1 (1 of 1)This Moroccan-inspired dish is delightful on a chilly fall evening — we saw our first snow of the season here today, so this was a perfect fit! As is usual with many Moroccan dishes, this has a fantastic blend of spices, together with fresh cilantro and parsley. This finishing touch of lemon adds a great brightness to the soup! I hope you’ll try this dish!

1 lb ground lamb
1 tsp ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated or minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp garamasala
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp harissa

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp garamasala
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
4 cups beef broth
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 14-oz can chick peas, rinsed and drained

1 baguette

In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients (lamb through harissa). Mix well and shape into walnut-sized meatballs. Set aside

For the soup, heat the oil and butter in a flame-proof tagine or large Dutch oven over Moroccan_Meatball_Soup2 (1 of 1)medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, celery, red bell pepper, coriander, paprika, garamasala, salt and turmeric. Saute for 15 minutes, or until moisture has just about evaporated.

Add meatballs to tomato mixture. Cook gently for another 10 minutes, being careful not to break up the meatballs.

Add beef broth to meatball mixture. Turn heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook for another 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley, lemon juice and chick peas, and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with additional salt, if desired. Serve with fresh, crusty baguette.

Serves 4.

Neapolitan Tomato and Pork “Soup” with Rosemary and Red Wine

Tomato_and_Pork_Soup1 (1 of 1)In Italian, this dish is called “zuppa” (soup), but to me, it’s more like a thick stew (maybe that’s because of how I prepare it). This dish hails from Naples, Italy, and is so simple and delicious — the flavors of the pancetta, salt pork, rosemary, tomato and wine come together very nicely! Some may find salt pork to be too fatty, but I think you could omit it and just add a bit of olive oil to the pan before adding the pancetta mixture, and still have fantastic results. I hope you’ll try this dish!

4 oz pancetta, finely chopped
1 oz salt pork, finely chopped
1 Tbsp finely chopped rosemary
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lbs lean ground pork
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups red wine
1 28-oz can tomato puree
Olive oil
Crusty bread, sliced
1 Tbsp chopped parsley

Combine pancetta, salt pork, rosemary and garlic on a cutting board — chop together with a sharp knife to create a paste.

Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta mixture and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the onions and red pepper flakes;  cook for another 5 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add the ground pork and the salt. Brown for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to break meat up.

Add 1 cup of the wine to the pork mixture and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the wine and the tomato puree. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1/2 hour, uncovered. Remove from heat and season with additional salt, if desired.

Heat about 2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the slices of bread and cook until nicely browned on both sides.

To serve, place a slice of bread in each bowl;  pour some soup over bread and garnish with parsley (you may want to do this at the table so your guests can see the crisp, yummy slice of bread before it’s hidden by the soup!).

Serves 4.