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Kozhi Rasam

- Submitted by Dahlia on 13th Nov 2010

(Chettinadu Kozhi Saaru, Chicken/Mutton Rasam, South Indian Chicken Soup)

This south Indian style chicken soup is good for common cold. Chicken rasam is very easy and quick to make. It's is a very good combination for plain rice.

Kozhi Rasam, Chicken Rasam

Recipe For Making Kozhi Rasam

Serves: 3 - 4


  • Chicken - 1/2 lb (bony pieces)
  • Shallot onions - 5-8 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped or mashed up with hands)
  • Green Chilly - 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chicken Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro - 3 springs (chopped) 
  • Ingredients For Tempering
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Peppercorns - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly - 1
  • Garlic pods - 5 or 6
  • Curry Leaves - 5 leaves


  1. In a pressure cooker add the bony chicken pieces, onion, green chilly and tomato.
  2. Add about 5-6 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Pressure cook for 7-8 whistles. We want the bones to break down and release all its essence.
  4. In the meantime, coarsely grind the ingredients under 'For Tempering' using the pulse mode. You can also use a motar and pestle to crush the ingredients.
  5. Heat oil in a small pan, add the coarsely ground masala and fry for a minute.

    Chicken Rasam Preperation Step Chicken Rasam Preperation Step

  6. After the pressure goes down, open the cooker and turn on the heat.

    Chicken Rasam Preperation Step Chicken Rasam Preperation Step

  7. Add the tempering, chicken masala and chopped cilantro to the rasam.

    Chicken Rasam Preperation Step

  8. Bring it to a boil and switch off. Serve it piping hot.

    Chicken Rasam Preperation Step

Serving Suggestion

  • Kozhi rasam is traditionally served with white rice.
  • You can also have it as a soup. This is a very comforting dish on a cold winter day or when you have common cold.


  • You can also make Mutton Rasam and Turkey (Vaankozhi) Rasam.
  • For those who prefer the rasam with little sour taste, add a tbsp of lemon juice at the end.

Kozhi Rasam, Chicken Rasam

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Comments (4)

Person SDave19   (May 5, 2014)
Recipe looks amazing, but what is Chicken masala?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 25, 2014)
You can find Chicken Masala in any Indian grocery. It is a blend of spices that is commonly used to season any chicken dishes. You can skip it if you can't find it.
Person sophia   (October 5, 2013)
Tried this recipe was fantastic family enjoyed it a lot...thank you
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 6, 2013)
Thanks Sophia.

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