GAPS Friendly. AIP Friendly.
I can remember the first time I tasted Mulligatawny Stew. My family and I were at an amazing living nativity during the winter. There were various snacks along the street of booths and one of the booths had such an amazing smell coming from it that I had to stop. I had never heard of Mulligatawny before and soon learned that it was a delectable and comforting dish filled with warm spices, tender meats and a creaminess that didn’t disappoint. My favorite surprise flavor in this stew is the hint of sweetness that comes from the tart green apple. Every year I looked forward to going back to the living nativity to focus on the reason for the season, which is Jesus, and having a warm bowl of this delicious stew.
Since we moved and my whole lifestyle changed I could not longer have the version of Mulligatawny that I had come to love. That doesn’t usually stop me though. I craved it enough that I wanted to recreate it with gut healing and body nourishing ingredients that would fuel my body and not hinder its forward progress. Dairy needed to be removed from this recipe and the rice that it is usually served on top of needed to disappear too. This GAPS and AIP friendly stew is just as flavorful, creamy and comforting as the original I tasted. It’s also a one pot meal which is something I love because it means less dishes!
Please see the notes in the recipe for adapting to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). There is a seed free version of curry powder and a nightshade free version to try for your stew.
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I hope you’ll enjoy a hearty bowl of this with your family around the table on a chilly fall or winter evening.
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 4 medium to large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks of celery, diced
- ¼ C. ghee (sub. coconut oil for AIP if you can't tolerate ghee)
- 1½ tsp. coconut flour
- 5 C. homemade chicken broth
- 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
- ½ a head of cauliflower, riced and uncooked
- 2 organic chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (do this ahead in the crock pot)
- 1½ - 2 tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. cracked black pepper (leave out for AIP)
- ¼ tsp. ground thyme
- ½ C. canned, filler free coconut milk (try and get the thicker fattier milk from the top not the water in the bottom)
- 2½ tsp. curry powder (see notes for AIP options)
- On medium heat saute onion, celery and carrots in ghee or coconut oil until tender. Do not brown. Stir in flour and curry powder and stir to coat vegetables. Cook about 3 minutes
- Pour in chicken broth and simmer all together for 30 minutes to let flavors develop.
- Add, apples, shredded organic chicken, thyme, salt and pepper (if using) and simmer 15 minutes longer.
- Stir in coconut milk and riced cauliflower. Simmer 10- 15 minutes longer until the cauliflower is tender but not mushy.
AIP Curry Powder Option (nightshade free with seed based spices):1/2 tsp. ground turmeric, ½ tsp. ground coriander, ¾ tsp. ground cumin, ¼ tsp. ground mustard, ¼ tsp. ground ginger
Thinner or Thicker? I like this stew thicker and others like it thinner like a soup.
If it turns out a bit thin and you like thicker, you may add up to 2 tsp. of arrowroot starch (if not on GAPS) to thicken the stew a bit.
If it turns out too thick and you prefer a thinner soup like consistency then add more chicken broth and increase salt and curry powder to taste.