Indian Chicken Soup Recipe –Tamilnadu Kozhi Soup

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Easy Chicken Soup Recipe

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  • Yield: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Soup


  • 200 gm – Chicken
  • 1 tsp. – Black Pepper Corns
  • 1/2 tsp. – Cumin Seeds (Jeeragam/Zeera)
  • 1/4 tsp. – Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. – Coriander Powder (Dhaniya/Malli Thool)
  • 1/2 tsp. – Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup – Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup – Freshly Chopped Cilantro (Coriander leaves/Malli chedi)
  • 7 – Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp. – Sesame oil (Gingely oil/Nallennai)
  • 1 cup – Water
  • 1/2 tsp – Salt (Adjust to your taste)
  • *** To Clean the Chicken ***
  • 1/4 tsp. – Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. – Sesame Oil (Gingely Oil/Nallennai)

Authentic Chicken Soup Recipe


Though there will be elaborate plans in my kitchen like preparing Chicken pepper fry and Chicken Biriyani with the chicken bought from the market, the first thing that’ll go on the stove to get ready is this Simple Chicken Soup recipe. Since this Chicken Soup can be made quickly and easily, I set it first thing on the stove while I do the preparation work for the pepper chicken fry or the Biryani. This way I need not keep the family waiting until the curry and the rice is done. Once the chicken soup gets ready everybody enjoys a bowl of hot-o-hot chicken soup.

A bowlful of this hot and warming Chicken Soup gives me strength to execute my elaborate meal plan. Like most of my recipes, this Kozhi Soup (Chicken Soup) is also a family-taught recipe, very authentic! Best Chicken Soup can be prepared only with freshly cut organic chicken, I mean, what we call ‘Naattu Kozhi’ in Tamil language. There is also another Chicken Soup recipe – a spicy version (no, its Spppiccccyyyy version) which we have it along with rice. I’m saving that Chicken soup recipe for another day.


By the way, you can mirror this Chicken Soup recipe with Mushrooms. If you are in a Vrat (Viratham) or if you wanted to make this soup recipe for a Vegetarian friend, you may refer to this Mushroom Soup recipe (Kaalaan soup recipe).



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Step 1.
Wash and chop the tomato. Wash and chop the coriander leaves. Wash the curry leaves. Clean the chicken well with water. [Once I drain the water, I apply 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder and little (say 1/2 tsp.) sesame oil (gingely oil/Nallennai) and mix well. Then I clean it once more with water. This way you can remove little of the raw chicken smell.].

Step 2. (Optional)
For soup recipes, it’s good to use boneless pieces of chicken. Cut them into bite size pieces. Keep aside. [Normally at home we just put the medium sized chicken pieces (with bones) for making soup.You can carry on this step for presentation purposes or when you’re serving the chicken soup for kids.]

Step 3.
In a blender/mixie, add the black pepper corns and cumin seeds (jeeragam/zeera).

Step 4.
Close the blender and grind it little coarsely.

Step 5.
In a pressure cooker, add the cut chicken pieces, turmeric powder, freshly ground black pepper corn and cumin seeds, sesame oil (gingely oil/nallennai) curry leaves, little of the freshly chopped coriander leaves (cilantro/kotthamalli), ginger garlic paste(optional), coriander powder (dhaniya/malli thool) and tomato.

Step 6.
Add required water and salt. Mix well. Check salt. Close the lid with the whistle. Keep it on the stove in High flame.

Step 7.
Pressure cook for 1 whistle and turn flame to LOW (sim). Switch off the stove after 10 minutes.images-to-make-chicken-soup

Step 8.
Once the pressure subsides by itself (takes 5 minutes), open the lid. Add the remaining freshly chopped cilantro (coriander leaves). Check salt and pepper. Mix well and divide it in two soup bowls. Serve the Chicken Soup hot. Slurp it HOT.


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3Ts [ Tips | Tricks | Tactics and Secrets ] to make Chicken Soup (Kozhi Soup)

  1. Adding a little more salt, freshly ground pepper and coriander leaves just before serving gives a fresh touch to the soup. It also makes the soup tasty. Freshly ground black pepper corns and cumin seeds doctors any cold if you have. If you sneeze right after taking the first spoon of the soup, it means the pepper is doing it’s duty.
  2. If you find sourness is not enough, squeeze 1 tsp. of lime/lemon juice in the soup.
  3. Adding ginger garlic paste is optional. It gives a nice spicy touch and smell to the soup.
  4. Adding the right amount of water is the trick for making good soups. Adding too much of water makes the soup too watery and tasteless.
  5. Mix the soup in the bowl gently before you spoon, since the ground pepper and cumin wills settle at the bottom.

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Slurp… slurp….
aachoooooo…. … pepper is doing it’s job… achchoooo…….
 tissue please

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Eat Well !

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  • asmaa

    It looks soo delicious . Could i use any pot other than the pressure cook ?

    • Asmaa, you sure can make this chicken soup recipe without using pressure cooker. Allow the mixture to come to a boil (takes 5 minutes) in high flame, then reduce flame to Medium-LOW and cook for 15 more minutes (until the chicken becomes tender). Enjoy!

  • Malar Gandhi

    That’s really hearty warming comfort soup…love chicken dishes, this is great.

  • hey what type of chicken do you use for soup??? we use only nattu kolli….

    • 😀 We used to get fresh Naattu kozhi (country raised) until my grandmother was their. We are now using broiler from shops.Here in US, we get it either from Apna bazar, where they used to freeze the chicken or super markets where they used to process and freeze the chicken.

      • Deepak R Saxena

        Hi Mangala. I’m trying this soup for my wife. How many whistles for pressure cooker if I cook it in induction stove?

  • KK

    We tried your recipe yesterday it turned out excellent and your step by step instruction with pictures was very helpful .After having it I felt the same taste as I could have from any popular chettinad chain such as Anjappar or Karaikudi. Thank you so much Mangala and hats off to you. Keep add more recipe such as Chicken Dum Biryani and Chicken Kulambu .

    • 😀 😀 😀 😀
      you see… this is what I’m on reading your comments KK. Are these exaggerations? (pls don’t say ‘yes’) I’m working hard to put more non-veg recipes. Chicken Dum Biriyani and Chicken Kuzhambu are of priority HIGH. Okayva?

  • Maheswarikarthikeyan

    I tried this chicken soup, i like to add two suggestions to this receipe:
    1. Avoid adding coriander powder, without adding coriander powder the soup tastes really good and looks clear which is more appetizing.
    2. Instead of adding chopped tomato, grinded tomato does a better job.

    • Hi Maheswari,
      You’ve given me and the fellow readers wonderful tips on preparing chicken soup. Will check on your first tip and update the results too.

  • Sarita Bose

    Hi, I am a Bengali and loved the way this has been cooked. Infact, this is one of the most easiest recipes I have come across. I am making this one for sure.

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  • Lizzie

    Hi this is lizzie here…. came across your page while browsing for simple chicken soup…. right now making it for my son…. will let u know how it turned out.

    • Hi Lizzie,
      Did the soup turn out tasty? Share your feedback on this chicken soup recipe please!

  • sivaraman

    chicken my fav food

  • Dhivya

    Tried this yesterday.. tasted great 🙂

  • Divya Marimuthu

    My mom makes the same soup 😀 so do I . We use the pieces with bone also. One more thing I see you washing it with sesame oil to get the smell off. You can also coat the pressure cooker with the oil first put the chicken pieces alone fry for a few seconds till they turn white(ish) then add other stuff and do as you have listed. This gets the smell off .

    • Ho….. i should try this method next time I make Chicken soup to remove the raw smell. Thanks for the tip Divya 🙂

  • jyothi

    Hi ,I have a question that if I put sunflower oil in place of sesame oil is there any problem. Please let me know.

    • Hi Jyothi,
      Substituting sunflower oil in place of sesame oil in this Chicken soup recipe has no problem. Adding sesame oil is for flavor and aroma. It is not a must that we should add sesame oil. So you may not even add sunflower oil.

  • Vamsi Sagar

    I tried this soup, it tasted super, thank you for the reciepe.

    • Halo Vamsi,
      Thank you very much for trying out this simple Chicken Soup recipe. Happy that my recipe helped you and you liked it!

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