Brown Rice Mulligatawny

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour


5 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
My friends tell me this is one of the best soups they’ve ever had. One even said it’s “perfect.” No one guesses that it’s healthy!—Sarah Ott, Blanchardville, Wisconsin.
Brown Rice Mulligatawny Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled sweet apple
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream


  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add celery, onion and carrot; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in flour, curry powder and cayenne until blended; cook and stir 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add rice. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 45-50 minutes or until rice is tender.
  3. Add chicken, spinach, apple, salt, pepper and thyme; cook, uncovered, 3-5 minutes or until heated through and spinach is wilted. Top each serving with sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup with 1 tablespoon sour cream: 229 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 689mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.