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January 19, 2009


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There are different methods of making rasam.I learnt this from my Chithi(Aunty).. She told this recipe as brahmin rasam. Thanks to my aunty.It came out well!!
Here is the rasam,


  • Cooked toor dal – 1/8 cup
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Red chilli powder  - 1/2 - 1 tsp
  • Pepper & Jeera/cumin seeds – 1 tsp each
  • Tomato(Crush into small pieces) – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida/Hing – a pinch
  • Coriander leaves/cilantro – to garnish
  • Oil & Ghee – 1 tsp each
  • Sugar – little to taste


  1. Roast pepper & jeera using 1tsp of ghee and coarse grind . keep it aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in water and extract pulp.
  3. Hand blend the cooked toor dal and dilute it.
  4. Heat a kadai with 1tsp of oil and season with mustard , cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Add the crushed tomato , tamarind extract ,chilli powder & a pinch of hing.
  6. Bring it to boil and then add the toor dhal water.
  7. Boil for sometime.
  8. Finally add the salt ,crushed pepper,jeera & little sugar.Boil till it froth. switch off the flame.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Delicious Rasam is ready!!!

Serve hot with plain rice and ghee!!


  1. Like many eastern spices, pepper was historically both a seasoning and a medicine.
  2. Black peppercorns figure in remedies in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicine in India.
  3. The 5th century Syriac Book of Medicines prescribes pepper (or perhaps long pepper) for such illnesses as constipation, diarrhea, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, hoarseness, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver problems, lung disease, oral abscesses, sunburn, tooth decay, and toothaches.
  4. Pepper has long been believed to cause sneezing; this is still believed true today. Some sources say that piperine, a substance present in black pepper, irritates the nostrils, causing the sneezing; some say that it is just the effect of the fine dust in ground pepper, and some say that pepper is not in fact a very effective sneeze-producer at all.
  5. Pepper is eliminated from the diet of patients having abdominal surgery and ulcers because of its irritating effect upon the intestines, being replaced by what is referred to as a bland diet.
  6. Pepper contains small amounts of safrole, a mildly carcinogenic compound.
  7. It has been shown that piperine can dramatically increase absorption of selenium, vitamin B and beta-carotene as well as other nutrients.
My MIL’s Tips:
  1.     For initial stages of cold:U can try this kashaayam.
Take 1tbsp pepper,1/4 tsp cumin /jeera and 1 inch size ginger in a blender and crush it into one or two.Boil a glass of water .Add this mixture to it.Boil till it gets reduced into quarter glass.Drink this by adding honey or jaggery.
2. For loss of appetite & Indigestion:
Grind 1 tsp of pepper ,1 tsp of jeera with salt.Make it a coarse powder by adding a pod of garlic at the end.Mix it with ghee and plain rice and have it for 2 days.It improves the loss of appetite.
3.For dry cough: Roast 5 –7 peppers in 1 tsp of ghee till it splutters.Now remove the roasted pepper and eat it as it is.Drink the hot ghee (throat bearable heat)too.
We do all the above treatments at our home and all are really beneficial:)
Cumin Seeds/Jeera:
  1. Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
    Energy 370 kcal   1570 kJ
    Carbohydrates     44.24 g
    - Sugars  2.25 g
    - Dietary fiber  10.5 g  
    Fat 22.27 g
    - saturated  1.535 g
    - monounsaturated  14.04 g  
    - polyunsaturated  3.279 g  
    Protein 17.81 g
    Water 8.06 g
    It contains iron ,magnesium,calcium and all essential vitamins too.
    2.Good for digestion.


  1. We do similar preparation called Paruppu rasam. I love rasams of all varieties.
    You've got nice authentic recipes here and the Kitchen Clinic in between the posts is very interesting. Keep it up and thanks for the comment on my blog.

  2. thanku akal for ur lovely comment.we do make paruppu rasam with slight difference:)thanks again.


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