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December 15, 2014

Tamilnadu Rasam Recipe - South Indian Rasam Recipe

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This is my basic South Indian style rasam recipe which I learnt from my Aachi in Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu. I make this rasam almost everyday without using homemade or store bought rasam powder and dal water. Instead I make it with freshly ground rasam powder. My MIL like this rasam a lot & this is my daughter’s favourite Rasam mammu too. 

Last year I shared my dad’s Easy rasam recipe using Instant rasam powder. This is also very similar recipe 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 you don’t have a mixie. 

Now lets see how to prepare this yummy Tamil nadu style basic 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: 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 
  • 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 or ghee and splutter mustard seeds, jeera and pinched red chilli. ( Alternately you can temper at the end in ghee and pour over the rasam.)  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 you 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. You can also temper at the end using ghee. It gives a nice flavor. 

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 .

Rasam rice

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Unknown said...

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

Chitra said...

Me too like tat way :)

Sooriya said...

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

Divs said...

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

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

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

Praveen Kumar said...

All time favorite and a regular at home.

Mahi said...

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

Selva's Kitchen said...

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

Sona said...

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

Unknown said...

wow love the steam shot and love the this is must one for the season

Sundari Nathan said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

zamrath said...

Really a titillatng recipe.thank u for the yummy recipe

swathi said...

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

Chitra said...

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

booma said...

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

booma said...

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

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for the feedback :)

Rads said...

Hi Chitra,

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

Chitra said...

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.