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December 15, 2014

Rasam Recipe-South Indian Rasam

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This is my basic South Indian style rasam recipe which i learnt from my Aachi.I make this rasam almost everyday without using homemade or store bought rasam powder and dal.Instead i make it with freshly ground rasam powder.My MIL like this rasam a lot & this is my daughter’s favourite Rasam mammu tooWinking.Last year i shared my dad’s Easy rasam recipe using Instant rasam powder.This is also very similar to that but the ingredients of rasam powder differs slightly.As we are using freshly ground powder,this rasam comes out very flavourful but i tell you it tastes the best when prepared in advance.It needs some standing time for all the flavours to infuse.Beginners and bachelors can also try this recipe.U can make this powder using a small mortar & pestle if u don’t have a mixie.Now lets see how to prepare this yummy rasam recipe.Soon i will post more rasam varieties here.

Rasam recipe

Rasam recipe Everyday rasam recipe using freshly ground rasam powder.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Sugar – 1/8 tsp
For Rasam powder
  • Dhania/Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 4 nos
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Methi seeds -1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil OR Ghee - 2 tsp ( I use oil) 
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - to garnish

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes.Take the extract using 1 cup of water and add the finely chopped or crushed tomato,salt,turmeric powder to it.Take all the ingredients in a mixie jar for rasam powder and grind it coarsely( Red chilli is missing in the below picture.Sorry,i forgot to keep it).
Rasam recipe-2

  • Heat a kadai with 2 tsp oil and splutter mustard seeds,jeera and pinched red chilli. Add the tamarind extract mixture and a cup of water.Boil well for 2-3 minutes till raw smell goes off completely.Add hing while it boils.
Rasam recipe-1
  • Now add the freshly ground rasam powder, sugar and add 1/4 cup of water.Allow it to give a full roll boil only once and switch off the flame immediately.Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and transfer the rasam to a bowl. Give a standing time of one hour and serve with hot rice and papad.

Rasam recipe-3
Enjoy !


  • U can also add store bought rasam powder to replace this powder.In that case,add 1-2 tsp of it based on the spiciness u need.
  • U can also 2 tbsp of dal water along with tamarind extract if u wish.
  • Dhania adds flavor to this rasam but it takes some time to lend it.So prepare this rasam at least one hour in advance.U can reheat at the time of serving.
  • Coriander leaves is a must n should for garnishing.
  • U can use ghee for tempering but i like using oil.

Enjoy this rasam with hot rice adding a drop of ghee.It tastes yum ! This is my daughter’s Rasam Mammu bowl when she was a kid Happy.

Rasam rice

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  1. Ooo I love tat cute little bucket I usually smash the rice n mix the rasam very tasty.

  2. Love rasam...lovely pics!!! Do visit my blog at your leisure

  3. Awww That thooku is so cute as is the little mammu bowl! I can almost smell the rasam here. . :)

  4. I loved the shot. rasam is all time favorite with a drop of ghee.

  5. All time favorite and a regular at home.

  6. This is how i make rasam too.. but with instant rasam powder n boiled tomato! :)

  7. Perfect for cold .... Rasam pot is so cute

  8. Beautiful clicks :) Lovely rasam recipe, very nicely made..

  9. wow love the steam shot and love the rasam.now this is must one for the season

  10. comforting rasam!! love the steaming pic and the bowl with rice :)

  11. this looks so yum .. lovely clicks.. specially the steaming one

  12. Yummm!!! a perfect comfort food. Love it any time. Beautiful presentation!!

  13. Really a titillatng recipe.thank u for the yummy recipe

  14. lovely rasam ......but did u add methi seeds as well along with the spices for grinding rasam powder....becoz in pic there were 5 varieties and it looks like methi seeds

    1. Yes u r right.updated it :) thanks for the mention.

  15. Hi... today i did this rasam.. its very tasty.. my husband likes it very much.. thanks fr the yummy recipes

  16. Yummy rasam.. my husband likes it very much..

  17. Hi Chitra,

    Is it possible to substitute tamarind in this recipe with lemon or something else? Would really appreciate your suggestion. Thanks. Rads

    1. Hi Rada you can add lemon juice in place of tamarind.But you should add it at the end after switching off the flame.Hope you know this.If possible add 2 tbsp of cooked dal water to enhance its taste.Thanks.


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