24.11.08

Country Chicken Soup





Country Chicken Soup:

Naatu Kozhi Soup. Naatu Kozhi/ Desi ka Murg Soup.

I could never match the taste of country chicken.....with any kind of chicken I find here. Whether its corn fed or herb fed....nothing beats up the flavour the native chicken gives. Raising country chicken is not uncommon in India....but it seldom hits the market. The availability of broilers, much meatier breeds, affordable prices....has pushed this little ones,so undesirable. But still common in the villages, I suppose.

If you decide to cook country chicken for the first time....I recommend you to go through my article about 'how to procure, clean, marinate and cook country chicken'. Please take a look here.

http://www.kitchentantra.com/2008/07/country-chicken-this-post-is-dedicated.html

I cooked this soup....while I was in India. I could consider soup has wholesome food.I also thought it could be useful to some of us at this time of the season. Its winter here.....even though Oxford is in deep south....outside weather is -7 degree. I could imagine....how North must be! Its common to get affected with 'flu' during winter. Its highly contagious viral infection...that spreads thro' coughing and sneezing.

So lots of garlic in the soup, which is a natural antibiotic can help. Ginger, which promotes good digestion (on less sunshine days) has some powerful effects. The tomatoes and lemon will help to leach away enough calcium from the bones to the broth. (Yeah...please use bone-in chicken or just bones alone too for this recipe) Soup could also be a treat, when we have less appetite, nasal blockage...
Besides soup menu.....I recommend to avoid sugars during 'flu' infected days. As sweets will decrease the activity of WBC(white blood corpuscles - the fighter cells). The sugar molecules will be docking the sites...from where the vitamin C has to gain its entry!

Hope my brother will be happy now....as he was the one who is bugging me for Home Remedies and stuff. Although not an expert...guess it works for some of us.

Ingredients:

Country Chicken 1/2 kilo
Green chilies 2-3 slitted
Curry leaves few
Garlic 1 whole head peeled and semi crushed
Ginger 2" chopped and slightly crushed
Purple onions 1-2 chopped
Country tomatoes 2 chopped roughly
Salt
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoons - toasted n hand pounded coarsely
Whole peppercorns - toasted n hand pounded coarsely
Lemon juice 1-2 spoons
Sesame oil few spoons
Cumin & Peppercorns (each 1/4 spoon)
Cilantro leaves few.

Method:

Clean the chicken and wash several times in running water. Add salt and turmeric to it. Make it to sit for a while. Then pressure cook for about 3-6 whistles. Use limited water. Set aside.

Heat oil in a deep wok. Add peppercorns, cumin, curry leaves and chilies. Wait til they splutter.

Then add ginger, garlic and onions....fry real good. Maybe till its raw odour leaves the pan.

Now stir-in tomatoes, cover and cook for 2 minutes. When the tomatoes wilt....add salt and turmeric.

Now stir-in cooked chicken along with its water. Then the powdered spices. Bring them to aromatic stage...see whether chicken is done soft and all the spices infused enough.

Now add lemon juice and cilantro to it.

Serve warm.

23 comments:

Arundhuti said...

good...now no srividya or anyone for that matter can steal ur hardwork...:-)

the soup is soooo tempting...:-)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

OMG, you are one piece of love... you know when and what to give ppl... For this chilling winters out here this is the soothing soup one can think of...

Arundhuti said...

malar....i have mailed u something...pls check it...its important...:-)

Sujatha said...

Looks gorgeous Malar! I love this hot and spicy soup, perfect for a winter day..

Sorry, I am late.. but I just read your post about plagiarism, and was so sorry to hear that.. There are so many crazy people out there who love to steal content and pictures from other blogs.. My support is always with you, I hope this is resolved soon for you.

Sanghi said...

Hi Malar,

Mm.. Naatu kozhi soup. Wow! when i was reading ur recipe, i got my grandma's soup flavour back in my village. Hats off to you!! good job!:)

Sharmila said...

Hi! First time here ... and you have a great blog and some real good recipes. I read about your hard work being stolen .. and can understand how you must have felt. This is an evil that we bloggers must fight .. you are right .. we do put in so much of hard work. Good you declared it in your post along with the snap .. imagine .. thinking of almonds as garlic!
Don't give up and keep posting great recipes.
And your chicken soup is definitely something we need in this weather of flu and cold. :-)

Viki Xavier. said...

Gorgeous soup dear. Its super cool outside and this is a good recipe to keep ourselves warm and healthy.

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks Arundhuti...I will never forget ur timely help and support.

Thanks Ramya....I am glad that u liked it. True....I know everyone's comfort of the season....

Thanks Sujatha for ur support and kind words. Glad that u liked this soup...

Thanks Sanghi....I like naatu Kozhi besides this broiler. It has this gamier taste...simply awesome, right. It needs to be cooked with that nativity touch....

Sharmila, Welcome to my blog dear. Thanks for ur kind words towards plagiarism post dude. What to do soemtimes...crazy copycats like this brings shame to the good members and foodies....Yeah...I did post it..to alert my fellow bloggers too. Thanks and I am glad that you liked my soup recipe...

Priya said...

Real comfort food for winter season..i would like to grab that bowl of soup..its too cold here..Delicious soup makes me hunger..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I think plagiarism has changed u a lot;D,good to see watermark and I love the song going on back "another summer day.."

Sireesha said...

Gorgeous and fabulous soup dear.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Hi Malar..nice to see u back with a new recipe...all need this type of soup recipe for the winter.
I will not be post new recipes in my blog for sometime..if do I will let u know....

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks Viki....

Oh yeah Priya...everyone like soup its appetizer, comfort food, for many of us....a whole meal for a person like me...

Thanks Raje....I had this song long b'4 honey. Yeah...started marking the text on the pictures...its good, right.

Thanks Sireesha....

Thanks Saras....oh no...why hold up, please post ur recipes regularly...you guys going on vacation?

Pallavi said...

Dear Malar,

Thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog. I hope to see you more often and love to hear from you :)

This is an awesome soup.. I'm surely trying this.. Your blog looks cool.. and so is the other diet-related blog... I'll be visiting them both..:)

Pallavi

Yasmeen said...

Hey I live in the North and it never plunges to -7 F here ,must be the lake effect ,for Cleveland is by the lake erie. True,Spicy Chicken soup is the best for opening up the clogged sinuses:)

Gita's Kitchen said...

This soup reminds me of my grandmother's soup. After eating fresh poultry and seafood in India, I dont like the taste of meat here, something is missing :)

notyet100 said...

guess first time here,..u ahve nice blog,..;-)

Kay said...

Malar... try organic chicken.. or even chickens raised by mennonites or the amish in a natural way.. those are pretty close to naattu kozhi!

sorry to hear about the plagiarism :( am glad to see that you are back with a bang!

Malar Gandhi said...

You're Welcome Pallavi. I like ur log, its interesting...And thank you for ur lovely compliments dear, Oh then...I shld update my other diet blog too!

Oh yeah Yasmeen, sure it is...

Yes GIta, sma egoes to me, I hate chicken and sea food here...and don't get any meat, thats very bad.

Welcome Priyanka(is that ur name? not sure), nice to have u here...

Dear Kay, thanks for taking time to post this comment, I really appreciate it. Thats a nice info'...will check it out dear. Organic sounds interesting...will look for cage free Amish raised chicken too...will let you know about it. Thanks dear.

Lychee Martini said...

Hi, I was looking for kozhi soup recipes on the net as my fiancee has been under the weather the last 1 week. Thought of making it this weekend. It would be apt for the weather in Bangalore right now! Your photos look absolutely great but I was just a little surprised to see that you cooked the chicken separately. After all the taste of chicken broth is magical on its own. Back in Singapore, I used to cook chicken in low flame for about 2-3 hours with very little spices and some chinese ginseng (supposedly good for women).It's probably a more oriental way of preparation but still I thought chicken broth was crucial in kozhi soup.

Malar Gandhi said...

Hello,

Am glad that you liked my recipe. I generally cook chicken soup in conventional method...boiling along with spices...so the broth tastes better. But here today...I have used country chicken...which may take hours to get cooked, so I pressure cooked it...but never threw the water...the broth was retained, just topped with spices...and continued boiling.

Lychee Martini said...

Ah okay! I am going to try it this weekend then. Hopefully we sip away all the runny noses with the kozhi soup! Thanks :)

Malar Gandhi said...

I bet that's a good idea...I am going to join the team as well...its below -20 degrees, here:( Its sure a soup for the soul:)