Spiced Clear Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

Don’t we all have grey days when we crave for our mum’s special chicken soup?

Well! I don’t claim to imitate mum’s cooking but this spiced clear chicken soup comes close. And that’s why I wanted to start my blog with this recipe. Combining the goodness of whole spices with the nutrition of chicken broth, its perfect for that lingering cold which refuses to go away. A complete wholesome meal for sure!

The Spices You Need For The Chicken Soup

A lot of the taste of this soup depends on the spices used. Many of the spices are easily available in an Indian kitchen. However, here is the spice list for you to run through before you start to cook.

  1. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  2. Bay leaf – 2 small leaves
  3. Cinnamon sticks – 1/2 an inch
  4. Big and small whole cardamom – 2 and 4 pieces each
  5. Star anise – 1 whole flower
  6. Mace – One small portion
  7. Ground black pepper – 1/2 a teaspoon
  8. Cloves – 4 to 6 pieces
  9. Turmeric -1 teaspoon

With all the spices in place, you may now scroll down to read the full recipe. To have a look at other yummy soup recipes on my blog, try the Indian Style Tomato Soup, Curry Leaf Flavoured Roasted Pumpkin Soup, or Spicy Soup with Sichuan Peppercorns and you won’t be disappointed.


Spiced Clear Chicken Soup


  • Chicken drumsticks-250gm
  • Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaf- 2 small
  • Cinnamon sticks- ½ inch
  • Big and small whole cardamoms- 2 and 4 pieces each
  • Star anise- 1 whole flower
  • Mace- One small portion
  • Black pepper- ½ teaspoon
  • Cloves- 4-6 pieces
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1.5 tablespoon
  • Onion- 1 medium chopped fine
  • Tomato-1/2 medium chopped fine
  • Salt- 1.5 teaspoon
  • Turmeric-1 teaspoon
  • Ghee or coconut oil-1 tablespoon


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or wok and add cumin seeds
  2. When the seeds start to splutter, add the remaining whole spices and roast for a minute stirring continuously on medium-high heat
  3. Add onion and ginger-garlic paste and stir for another five minutes until the onions are brown
  4. Add the drumsticks, tomato, salt and turmeric and mix well
  5. Add one and a half cups of water, seal the pressure cooker and cook until the chicken is soft. If using a normal work, cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally making sure there is enough water to maintain soup consistency


Calories per bowl of soup- 200
Nutrition- Good fat/ Protein punch/Low carb/Vitamin C
It does wonders for your-Heart, Skin, Hair, Bowels, Immunity, Quality of sleep
This is “My 8pm Meal”



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