Indian Spiced Chicken (or Vegetable) Turmeric Soup

by Spicie Foodie on February 12, 2013

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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in Chicken & Poultry,Curry,Gluten Free,Indian,Soups/Stews,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

A wonderful soup! So healthy and flavorful.




2 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Thank you Rosa!


3 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun February 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

What beautiful colors in this healthy soup. You always make me want to get off the computer and into the kitchen!


4 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

That’s so sweet and you totally made my day Victoria!:)


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Great use of leftover, Nancy. The soup looks really appetizing.


6 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Thank you Angie!


7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

That is a beautiful soup with great flavors Nancy! Hope you are feeling better :)


8 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Thank you Alyssa!


9 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

This looks like just the kind of soup I crave when I’m feeling under the weather. :) I hope life is less hectic for you soon–sending positive thoughts your way!


10 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Thank you so much Kiersten!xx


11 Kellie@foodtoglow February 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

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.


12 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Hi Kellie! Thank you and I’m glad to hear you approve of my use of turmeric. It is one of my favorite spices and one underused by many.


13 Laura @ Family Spice February 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

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!


14 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

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.


15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I love turmeric! What a vibrant, healthy soup!


16 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Me too Laura. Thank you!


17 Suzanne Perazzini February 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

That looks like a great soup for you while under the weather. I love using turmeric for its colour and healthy properties. I even pop a little into custard to brighten it up.


18 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

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. :)


19 wok with ray February 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Turmeric not only gives a dish a wonderful flavor and aroma but it gives it a beautiful-vibrant color. Gorgeous shot as always, Nancy.


20 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Agreed and thank you Ray!:)


21 Medeja February 13, 2013 at 2:13 AM

It sounds like a really simple soup, but adding all the spices I can imagine it becomes so flavorful.


22 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Hi Medeja,
It is an extremely simple soup. But you’re right all the flavour comes from the spices. Thanks:)


23 yummychunklet February 13, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Your soup looks so comforting!


24 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

It was very much so:)


25 ashley - baker by nature February 13, 2013 at 3:38 AM

We’re currently under the weather over here, and this soup looks like just the thing we need to perk back up! Such gorgeous shots, too!


26 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Hi Ashley,
I hope you feel better soon. This soup might make you feel better. Thanks:)


27 Ramona February 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

What a healthy and beautiful soup. Hope all is well and life settles down for you soon. Take care my friend. :)


28 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thank you sweetie! I hope all is well with you too :)


29 Katherine Martinelli February 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I make homemade chicken soup often and love this version – will definitely be trying soon!


30 Spicie Foodie February 14, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Enjoy it Katherine! I think it would be a lovely twist to traditional chicken soup. :)


31 Yelena February 14, 2013 at 3:59 AM

This soup is so beautiful, very simple and yet has many flavors-) Have a good day dear Nancy!


32 Spicie Foodie February 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Thanks Yelena, and it is exactly as you said. You too have a great day!


33 mjskit February 14, 2013 at 5:12 AM

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!


34 Spicie Foodie February 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Hi MJ! I’ll take a bowl of soup over medicine anytime. Thanks;)


35 Talaia @ WholeYum February 15, 2013 at 4:38 AM

This soup looks amazing, and I love your photography! Beautiful site :)


36 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Thank you Talaia!


37 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 15, 2013 at 7:26 AM

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!


38 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

It is a great spice Nami, and one that can be added to so much. Thank you and I hope you give it a try soon.


39 NW Heaven April 17, 2013 at 8:28 AM

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!


40 Spicie Foodie April 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

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!:)


41 Barbara Lee April 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

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I love making my own recipes while taking what I need and feel is the best from different sources,
And this source teaches and displays far more than a simple recipe, which then helps me to become more skilled and colorfully creative!


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42 Spicie Foodie April 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Thank you so much Barbara!:)


43 Ariel October 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM

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!


44 Spicie Foodie October 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

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:)


45 michelle January 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

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.


46 Spicie Foodie January 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Hi Michelle,

Thank you and I’m glad that you have been making my soup recipe. Keep on enjoying it! Happy New YeAr.


47 Miss Food Fairy May 6, 2014 at 3:53 AM

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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