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October 21, 2019

Rasam Using Store Bought Rasam Powder

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Usually I make rasam using homemade rasam powder or with freshly ground instant rasam podi. But recently I got a pack of rasam powder from I-Flo brand for my review. For the first time, I tried making rasam using this store bought rasam powder. I followed the recipe given in the back of pack but made some modifications by adding crushed garlic cloves and tempering in ghee. It came out so well. I never expected it to be so flavorful and tasty just like the ones made using homemade rasam powder. In my family, Raksha gives the best feedback about rasam varieties. She loved it a lot and told me to make it again. I guess many of you especially bachelors and working women use store bought rasam powder at home to ease the job during busy morning hours. I hope this method of making with store bought rasam powder helps you make tasty and perfect rasam.

Rasam using store bought rasam powder

Rasam using store bought rasam powder

Rasam using store bought rasam powder

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Rasam Recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Ripe tomato - 1
  • Tamarind - Small gooseberry size (Take 1 cup extract)
  • Rasam powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 5 cloves (crushed with skin)
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp ( to drizzle )
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Hing / Asafetida – a pinch
  1. Wash and chop tomato. Soak tamarind and take the extract in 1 cup of water.
  2. In a kadai or bowl, temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli.
  3. Saute till tomato turns mushy. Add rasam powder and saute quickly.
  4. Add tamarind extract, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and hing.
  5. Boil in medium flame till raw smell emanates.
  6. Add crushed garlic and add 1/2 cup water.
  7. Boil till frothy and switch off the flame.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and 2 tsp of ghee. 
  9. Cover and rest for 30 minutes for best taste.
  10. Serve with plain rice and potato curry - the best side dish for rasam !
  • In a bowl or kadai, heat cooking oil. Splutter ingredients given under “to temper”.

  • Add chopped tomato and saute till mushy. Add rasam powder and saute for a minute. 
  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder and sugar.

  • Boil till raw smell of tamarind emanates and nice smell wafts through. 
  • Add 1/2 cup more water and crushed garlic cloves. Boil in medium flame till frothy.

  • Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

  • Transfer to a bowl, add 2 tsp of ghee. Cover with a lid. 

  • Serve after 30 minutes for best taste. Serve with plain rice and enjoy !


  • Addition of garlic cloves is optional. But it adds a nice flavor to the rasam.
  • You can also temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chilli in ghee at the end.
Do try this easy, yummy rasam recipe using store bought rasam powder and enjoy !

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Floranet said...

Enjoyed your writing, expecting some further great works!

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy rasam, love it.

Chitra said...

Thank you Suja

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra,
Thank you for sharing. I always use this recipe to make rasam. Delicious!