Indian Spiced Chicken (or Vegetable) Turmeric Soup

Indian Spiced Chicken or Vegetable Turmeric Soup by Spicie Foodie The past month has been quite chaotic. From both hubby and I being sick, to appliances breaking down, bad news from home and several doctor’s visits. You might have noticed that Spicie Foodie has inadvertently taken a back seat to real life happenings.

I wanted to write a better post than these few mumblings, but here we are Tuesday afternoon (in Europe) and I promised you a recipe. I hope to get back on track with better articles, more recipes, photo tutorials and much more in the coming days and weeks. Until then I leave you with this recipe for a light Indian spiced broth or soup.

Indian Spiced Chicken or Vegetable Turmeric Soup by Spicie Foodie

The recipe came together as a result of using up leftover ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry. The soup is spicy, savory, warm, and it will tickle your taste buds. If you are feeling under the weather every steamy sip will liven you up and hopefully make you feel a bit better. You’ll noticed that I used a coarse grade dried turmeric root, feel free to substitute it with either fresh root, or dried ground turmeric powder. Additionally if fresh peas are not available use frozen instead. Okay, here’s the recipe.

Indian Spiced Chicken or Vegetable Turmeric Soup by Spicie Foodie

5.0 from 9 reviews
Indian Spiced Chicken or Vegetable Turmeric Soup
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A light and spicy chicken or vegetable soup flavored with Indian spices. The colour and main spice used is turmeric. Turmeric has long been used for it's healing and health benefits.
Recipe type: Appetizer, Soup, Broth
Cuisine: Indian, International, Soup
Serves: 2-3
  • 4 cups or 1 liter chicken or vegetable broth, preferably homemade*
  • 1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped
  • fresh or frozen peas to taste
  • 2 thinly sliced green chiles, or adjust to taste**
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • small thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp dried coarse turmeric or ½ tsp dried ground turmeric, or small fresh piece
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seed
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seed
  • ¼ tsp whole mustard seed
  • 2 dried curry leaves or 1 bay leaf
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil
Optional Topping:
  • fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves
  1. In a large pot heat a enough oil to lightly coat the pot. Add the carrots and saute until they begin to soften, or about 3 minutes. Next add the chiles, onions, garlic, and ginger and cook for another 3 minutes. Add all of the spices and stir until they release their scent or about 2 minutes. Next add the peas and broth, stir well, cover and simmer until vegetables have soften. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Top with fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves right before serving.
Additional Instructions:
  1. If you'd like feel free to add shredded boiled chicken to the soup. Or you may substitute the vegetables used here with your favorite ones.
*I used homemade broth leftover from boiling a few chicken thighs. **For a mild soup omit the chile, and for a spicier version add more.


Simple, spicy, warming and very satisfying. Turmeric is the main spiced used and it’s what gives the soup the yellow hue. I wrote an article on the great benefits of this golden spice, Colourful Vegan Turmeric Rice, make sure you read it to see why it’s so good for our bodies.

Indian Spiced Chicken or Vegetable Turmeric Soup by Spicie Foodie Enjoy the soup everyone!!

Dried turmeric can be bought here

In need of a little more spice today? Check out January’s YBR Feature winner Paaka Shaale’s Tortilla Chips with Red Salsa recipe.


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  1. says

    I’m sorry you have been having such a rough time lately. I do hope things are settling down for you now. This does sound a perfect tonic soup. As a cancer health educationist I am very fond of turmeric (especially paired with black pepper and touch of oil for better absorbent).A beautiful recipe for anyone needing a bit of comfort and warmth.

  2. says

    Beautiful soup! We love turmeric and I was happy to find FRESH turmeric in the root form at this oriental market. I hope all is well with you and your family. I had to put blogging aside as well for a month or two. Life happens and we are here for you! Sending you hugs and prayers, my friend!

    • says

      Hi Laura,
      The one an only time I found it fresh I did a happy dance in the store. Lol:) Thanks so much sweetie! I hope things are going well with you and looking forward to catching up on your blog.

    • says

      Thanks Suzanne and it is perfect for that. The colour is so beautiful that it’s hard resisting adding it to other foods. In fact it is used to give many packaged foods it’s yellow colour. :)

  3. says

    I don’t think you could make a healthier soup. The veggies, chicken and healing spices – it’s like medicine in a bowl, but tastes a million times better! What a gorgeous and delicious soup!

  4. says

    Ever since I started blogging I’ve learned new ways to use turmeric. This is one spice that I don’t know what to use besides adding a little bit to my curry. Now I can put in this great looking soup! Flavor and colors bring us energy!

  5. NW Heaven says

    This recipe looks perfect. I have aching joints and am incorporating more turmeric, garlic cumin , black pepper, and ginger into my diet. Sometimes I sprinkle turmeric powder into salad dressings, rice, and whatever I can think of to get more into my and my family’s bodies. This is one recipe I will make this week. I will try it vegetarian and with leftover chicken. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • says

      Thanks! Turmeric, garlic, and ginger are suppose to be great for arthritis not to mention all the other health benefits. Glad to hear you are using turmeric in such delicious ways. Enjoy the soup!:)

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  7. Ariel says

    Hello! What a wonderful soup! thank you so much! I have one question regarding the whole seed spices. Should I be putting them in whole or grinding them beforehand? I was having some crunchiness in the soup and I’m thinking I may have missed a step. Thanks again!

    • says

      Hi Ariel,

      Thank you and glad to hear you enjoyed the soup. You didn’t miss a step, I leave the spices whole. I then to simmer my soup long enough for them to soften, but you don’t need to do that. Grinding the spices is a fantastic idea! Enjoy:)

  8. michelle says

    Awesome soup! I have used this recipe twice now as a base and then tweek it to suit my family’s tastes. They love it. Thank you and happy new year.

  9. says

    Thank you for sharing this delicious soup – it certainly made my husband feel better straight away! I added more vegetables and chicken pieces and maybe next time I’ll add some more turmeric. I love strong flavours and this soup was full of flavour. Will be making this a lot over the Winter months for sure :)


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