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chicken mulligatawny soup served in 2 white bowls garnished with cilantro
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Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

Flavourful low carb South Indian Soup made with coconut milk and spices that is keto-fied with cauliflower.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 330kcal


  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder or ½ teaspoon garam masala, ½ teaspoon ground cumin and ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon dried thyme
  • pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice or finely minced cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish


  • Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode and melt ghee. Add onions and ginger and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in celery and carrots and cook for another 1 minute. 
  • Add remaining ingredients except for coconut milk and cilantro. Hit "Cancel". Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual(Hi) for 10 minutes. See notes if using chicken breasts.
  • Allow natural pressure release and open the Instant Pot.
  • Take out the chicken and shred it into bite-sized pieces and add it back to the soup. Stir in coconut milk and cilantro. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with more cilantro and black pepper. 


  1. For Bone-in chicken thighs, increase the pressure cook time to 15 minutes 
  2. If using chicken breasts pressure cook on poultry mode for 13 minutes followed by natural pressure release. This helps keep the chicken breasts tender and shred easily


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3440IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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