Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup

altered from The Food of India: Authentic Recipes from the Spicy Subcontinent

In the book, the introduction to this recipe is quite funny: “The inspiration for this Anglo-Indian soup was southern Indian ‘pepper water,’ which certainly did not include apple, curry powder and chicken. This flavorful soup is still a favorite among the Westernized middle-class, who enjoy it in their private clubs.”

3 c water

2 Tb oil

2 chicken thighs, including bone and skin
3 inch piece ginger, crushed or finely grated
3 small cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, sliced

2 Tb Bengal gram or chickpea flour (can substitute flour of your choice)

1 apple, diced
2 carrots, diced

1 kohlrabi, diced

1 heaped Tb curry powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

3 medium sized tomatoes, peeled (optional) and chopped

1 bay leaf

1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1-2 Tb rice (optional)

Lemon wedges


Heat the water until boiling. Heat the oil in a soup pot and add chicken thighs, cooking each side for a few minutes until browned. Add to water and boil for 30 minutes.

While chicken is boiling, add ginger and garlic to the oil in the soup pot. Sauté for 2 minutes, then add the onion and sauté until the onion is transparent.

If you don’t want tomato peel, boil tomatoes in chicken water for 3 minutes, then remove and peel. Add the gram flour, apple, carrots, kohlrabi, curry powder, turmeric, tomatoes, bay leaf, pepper, and rice (if using) to the ginger-garlic-onion pot. Cover and simmer vegetables, setting a timer for 45 minutes. When the chicken is done boiling, remove chicken thighs from water and cool. Add the water to the soup pot, and continue simmering, covered. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and bones, and hand-shred or shred using a fork. After soup has cooked 45 minutes, you can blend it if you like more of a puree. Add chicken and serve with lemon wedges.

Fall Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fall Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

If you want this salad to be a bit more substantial add a little bacon.

2 Tb balsamic vinegar

2 Tb olive oil

1 Tb honey

1 Tb Dijon mustard

1 bag arugula

1 apple, cored and sliced thinly

¼ c walnuts, toasted and chopped

1 oz. blue cheese or gorgonzola


Whisk balsamic, olive oil, honey, and Dijon together then toss into arugula to coat. Divvy up arugula into suitable portions. Top with apple, walnuts, and blue cheese/gorgonzola.


Cabbage and Fennel Salad with Cranberries and Pecans

Cabbage and Fennel Salad with Cranberries and Pecans

By Mara,

¼ - ½ head of cabbage

1 bulb fennel

1 sweet apple (like fuji)

¾ c dried cranberries

½ c roasted pecans, chopped

½ c chopped parsley

1 Tb Dijon mustard

1 Tb olive oil

1 Tb lemon juice

1 Tb honey

To prepare cabbage, lay on its side and slice through the stem to cut the cabbage in half. Remove the coarse stem by cutting around it. Place the cabbage, cut side down and slice into thin slices. Place in a large bowl.

To prepare the fennel, slice off the upper shoots, leaving the bulb only. Cut in half through the stem and remove the stem similarly to the cabbage. Place the fennel bulb cut side down and slice into very thin strips (or use a mandolin). Place in the bowl with the cabbage.

Core the apple and julienne into thin slices and add to the bowl. Add the parsley, cranberries and pecan pieces.

Mix up the dressing and add to the salad. Toss to combine.