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October 20, 2017

Rasam Powder Recipe – Tamilnadu Style Homemade Rasam Podi

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Tamil nadu style rasam powder / rasam podi recipe with step by step pictures and video. This is one of the best rasam powder I have ever made at home. I am a not a regular buyer of store bought rasam podi. But my friends used to buy Sakthi masala rasam powder, aachi rasam powder and MTR rasam powder. They say everything tastes good in its own way.  But I love to grind homemade rasam powder with fresh ingredients & make rasam with it  

I have already posted my Tirunelveli aachi’s rasam powder recipe for small quantity in my South Indian rasam recipe post. It smells and tastes awesome. I have also shared my Dad’s style rasam recipe using a 2 ingredient, instant rasam powder and easy bachelors style rasam. But some of my readers who tried my homemade sambar powder asked me to share authentic, traditional, Tamil people style homemade rasam powder recipe to grind & store for one month use.

When I told this to my MIL, she immediately suggested a recipe she read long back in a magazine. She made a trial batch and passed it to me. I loved its flavor and taste. Last month when my MIL came to Bangalore, I told her to make this rasam podi & idli podi and took video for my reference. 

The quantity I have mentioned in this recipe comes for 1 month use if you prepare rasam regularly. Its flavor and spiciness remains the same if stored in an airtight box. You can grind it easily at home using your Indian mixer. Use it within a month to enjoy its best taste & flavor. Ok, lets see how to make Tamil nadu style homemade rasam powder recipe !

Rasam powder ingredients

Rasam Powder Recipe - Tamil nadu Style Rasam Podi

Rasam Powder Recipe - Tamil nadu Style Rasam Podi

Tamil nadu style, homemade rasam powder recipe with easily available ingredients

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Rasam Recipe
Serves: 1 cup
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Dhania / Coriander seeds - 1/2 cup
  • Pepper - 1/4 cup
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 2 tbsp
  • Toor Dal - 2 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tbsp
  • Methi seeds - 3/4 tbsp
  • Red chilli - 25 to 30 nos
  • Curry leaves - fistful
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tbsp


  1. Measure & Take all the ingredients required for rasam powder.
  2. Sun dry or dry roast one by one.
  3. Cool & Grind to coarse powder.
  4. Store for a month & make rasam with it.


Measure all the ingredients given for rasam powder. Sun dry them for one day till it gets heated. Then grind to a coarse powder and store for months.
Alternatively you can dry roast all the ingredients one by one carefully without burning them
Heat a kadai and dry roast coriander seeds till it gives nice aroma.Remove in a plate.
Then roast the methi seeds and roast till golden brown.Remove in the plate.
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Dry roast cumin seeds and then pepper corns till its heated.
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Now roast toor dal and chana dal till it gets heated. Collect them in the plate. Then roast the red chillies in medium flame till it becomes crispy, keep it in a separate plate.

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Lastly roast the curry leaves. Switch off the flame and let it be in the hot kadai till it turns crispy. Transfer it to the red chilli plate.

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After it cools down, transfer to a mixie jar. Add turmeric powder and grind everything to a slightly coarse powder.  Grinding coarsely helps to retain the flavor for long time. But do not grind it too coarse. Store in an air tight box once the powder cools down completely.

rasam powder recipe
You can add 1 tbsp of this rasam powder for making rasam for 3 people.
This rasam powder stays good for 1 to 2 months. Use a clean spoon for handling.


  • I have used more red chillies which helps to retain the flavor and spiciness for more days. If you reduce the quantity of chillies, powder will become bland in taste after few days. 
  • You can skip curry leaves if you don’t like. Instead you can add some fresh curry leaves while making rasam. 
  • Toor dal and chana dal helps to give some thickness to the rasam. So adding cooked dal water is optional. 
  • Use fresh ingredients and grind it whenever needed.

Try this yummy, flavorful homemade rasam powder and make rasam with it. You will love its taste !
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Kamali said...

Hi chitra..I have tried many of your recipes.I wanted to make rasam with this powder..can you explain how to make rasam with this Rasam powder?

Chitra said...

Thanks. Take 1 small gooseberry size tamarind. Extract 1.5 cups water using it. In that tamarind water, add 1 crushed/finely chopped tomato, 1.5 tbsp of rasam powder, salt, turmeric powder and a pinch of sugar ( you can also add 2 tbsp dal water if you like). mix well and check for taste. If you need more spicy, you can add 1/4 tsp red chilli powder or pepper powder. Boil the rasam. when it starts to roll boil, add 2 crushed garlic with skin if you like. Let it boil for 5 minutes till tamarind smell goes off. When the rasam become frothy, remove it, garnish with coriander leaves. Temper mustard, cumin, curry leaves and red chilli in ghee. Add to rasam. Serve ! I will make this post with video in this week.

Kamali said...

Thanks a lot for your earliest reply..Made this powder yesterday..will try rasam and send you the feedback..thanks again

Padma said...

Thank you for the recipe. Rasam was really good with this powder. Made it yesterday.

Unknown said...

I triedout this rasam today i got complements from my house members

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback:)

Unknown said...

Hi, may I know why is methi added to rasam powder