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September 12, 2016

Tomato Rasam Recipe–Kerala Style Thakkali Rasam Without Rasam Powder

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Kerala tomato rasam recipe
In Kerala, Tomato rasam/Thakkali rasam is mostly served in Onam sadya. Basically Kerala style rasam can be done easily with instant rasam powder or with freshly ground spices. I was looking for a simple and easy rasam recipe without rasam powder and found in this blog. It came out super delicious and flavorful.After a long time, myself and Raksha had a plateful of rasam rice along with our favorite side dish papadam. Do try this yummy Kerala Rasam for this Onam sadhya and enjoy like me. Lets see how to make Kerala thakkali rasam without rasam powder.

Check out my other Onam sadya recipes.

Tomato rasam recipe - Kerala style

Tomato rasam recipe - Kerala style rasam

Tomato rasam recipe - Kerala style rasam Kerala style rasam without rasam powder - Kerala tomato rasam for Onam sadya
Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Rasam
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos  
  • Tamarind – medium gooseberry size
  • Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder/Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Small onion - 3 nos OR Big onion – 1/2 no
  • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 3 nos
To temper
  • Coconut oil or ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no ( Pinched)
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( slit)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes.Take the extract.Chop tomato into small pieces. Grind onion, pepper corns, cumin seeds,garlic coarsely without adding water. Set aside.
    Kerala style tomato rasam recipe

  • Heat oil or ghee in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds,red chilli, curry leaves and green chilli.Saute for few seconds. Now add the coarsely ground paste. Saute for a minute. Add salt, chopped tomato, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and dhania powder. Saute well till tomato turns mushy .Add the tamarind extract. Tomato rasam recipe - Kerala style
  • Boil well for 2-3 minutes till rasam becomes frothy. Add chopped coriander leaves and give one boil, switch off the flame. Transfer to a vessel and cover it with a lid. Let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.It helps for all the flavor to blend well. Serve with hot rice and papapdam. Tomato rasam recipe - Kerala style
      Enjoy! Adjust the quantity of chilli powder based on your spice level.

      Flavorful Kerala style tomato rasam is ready to serve with rice. Enjoy with papad !
      Tomato rasam recipe - Kerala style

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      Happy’s Cook said...

      Perfectly made rasam... delicious...

      Chitra said...

      Thank you :)

      Unknown said...

      I can't help feeling hungry. Rasam looks soooo tempting. I need to try it . Beautiful shot chitra

      Chitra said...

      Sure, try it and enjoy dear :)