Kozhi Kurumulak Soup ~ Chicken Black Pepper Soup

Umma and I always have our dinners from outside on Thursdays. We stick to the tried and tested tastes, as umma is more bend towards her Kerala taste buds. Most of the time, we move on to eat some naadan food, like porotta, beef roast, chicken varattiyathu, etc… which normally tastes much better at a restaurant than when we make it at home! Grr…


There is this little restaurant in the Nahda side of Dubai where we go at least once in a couple of months, as umma loves the food there. When we run out of ideas where to eat from, we normally jump in there. When my sister had come for a visit and we went for our dinner on a Thursday, I was really not in a mood to hog – read in between the lines as in a mood to have just diet food!!! Hehe… screening through the menu card, I was really wondering what to order in the category of soup. Actually speaking, there is no soup in our Keralan menu and all Malayalees know that very well. Umma and sister ordered for their share of fish while I was still undecided on the soup. That’s when my eyes fell on the name “Kozhi Kurumulaku Soup” and without even asking what was in it, I just ordered for it. The soup arrived really hot and by the time I was done with it, I was sitting with a little box of tissue right next to me, wiping my eyes and nose to ensure I don’t make a mess of myself. The waiter was amused seeing a Keralite who could not even take the spice of black pepper and he ensured me that there was no trace of green or red chilli anywhere in the soup, it’s just the black pepper. Whatever said and done, that soup tasted really good that it lingered on my taste buds for quite some time.


One lazy night after work, I decided to try my hands at making this soup, pulling out from my mind the flavors that were part of it. And I must say, I did justice to making this soup taste similar to what I had – I used the word “similar”, please do note! The flavor of shallots, cumin and load of black pepper, whether crushed and powdered gives a totally lovely taste to the soup – so good in case you have a flu or a nasty cold…


Kozhi Kurumulak Soup ~ Chicken Black Pepper Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 6 shallots sliced
  • 1 spring curry leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp whole peppercorn crushed
  • 200 gm chicken breast with bone cut into tiny pieces
  • 500 ml water
  • 3 tbsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter cumin seeds.
  • Saute the garlic paste for a minute. Add the shallots and curry leaves and saute for around 5 minutes till the shallots are soft.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, give a nice stir and close the lid.
  • Pressure cook for two whistles on high flame. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Adjust seasoning, add more pepper if required. Serve warm!

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  1. hmm.. mouthwatering soup.. Kothippichu ketto.. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Lisha… πŸ™‚

  2. wow looks inviting…very yumm

    1. Thank you so much Shweta…

  3. I would like to try this…can I use refined oil instead coconut oil

    1. Yes definitely you can Amrita.. it's just that coconut oil gives a different flavour… hope u try and like it!

  4. yumm looks delicious,

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  5. Awesome looking soup…. yummy.

    1. Thank you so much Jaspinder…

  6. when we were kids, while making mutton or chicken mom first pressure cook it with lots of water and after its done, mom busy making that, we drink that soup while lunch get ready, this just look like that.

    1. Oh yes, it's similar! Thanks a lot Linsy…

  7. Lovely flavors and its so perfect to cold. I wonder if I can do with lamb; that issue of chicken and my other half.

    1. I'm sure it will taste too good with lamb meat… thanks a lot Nava…

  8. my kind of soup …love it with lots of pepper…looks super…

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. Lovely looking soup! Would so love to have a taste!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  10. Very tempting n comforting soup

    1. Thank you so much Akhila…

  11. Looks delicious. …I used to prepare mutton/chicken soup without ccumin seeds n garlic, by adding lots of shallots, curry leaves n crushed black pepper without sauting….Loved your version…..I will try your version soon….

    1. Thank you so much Lotus…

  12. Oronnu paranju manushyane kothipichu …enikkum Venam kurumulku kozhi soup !!

    1. Kshamikkane dear… hehe… thanks a lot Vinee…

  13. Comforting and yummy soup..love it

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  14. Goood for alll age groups..Very nice clicks and delicious dear

    1. Thank you so much Shobana…

  15. I love this soup. My mom used to make it but bit different. I know how comforting this can be when you are down with a bad cold..YUM

    1. Thank you so much Rekha…

  16. I made this soup yesterday,,I had bad cold and flu for 2 days..how refreshing and relief this soup is..its a tasty and spicy too…Though my hubby is complaining about too much spiciness in pepper, but he loves this soup very much..Thanks for posting this soup recipe, itha…

    1. So glad to know Faheema that it gave you a lot of relief… thank you so much for your feedback…

  17. I love this kind of soup, the spicier the better! I suppose u know by now that I am a soup lover :-)..I must try this soon, esp in this rainy weather.

    1. Oh yes, I do! πŸ™‚ I really hope you try and enjoy it dear, thanks a lot…

  18. one comforting soup!!!

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  19. such a healthy soup…so comforting

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

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