Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rasam - Simplicity at its best..

Rasam is the staple side dish in south Indian cuisine and is a must in every household. There are many different varieties of rasam like adding dal, lemon, and so on. This is served as a appetizer or with hot white rice.

My dad drinks one hot cup of rasam when ever it is made and so I am. Now my daughter does that. I usually make a not- so- spicy rasam for her and she enjoys it.
This is my MIL’s version of Rasam. It tasted so good even without adding any rasam powder. She keeps the ready made spice powder in a bottle and when ever required she makes rasam out of it :-)

  1. Tomatoes (chopped)- 2nos
  2. Garlic cloves- 6-7nos
  3. Shallots- 5nos
  4. whole pepper- 1tbsp
  5. Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  6. Coriander seeds- 1tsp
  7. Red chilli- 1no
  8. Tamarind juice- ½ cup
  9. Mustard seeds- 1tsp
  10. Fenugreek seeds- 1tsp
  11. Curry leaves- few
  12. Oil- 1tbsp
  13. Coriander leaves (chopped)- 2tbsp
  14. Salt- as per taste
  15. Asafoetida- a pinch
  1. Crush the garlic and shallots and keep it aside.
  2. Powder the whole pepper, cumin seeds, coriander seeds in a mortar and keep it aside.
  3. In a heavy bottom pan heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and red chilli.
  4. In the above add crushed garlic, shallots and salt, stir till the raw smell disappears. In this add the powdered spices and mix well.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves along with tamarind juice and let it boil till the tomatoes become soft. At last add asafoetida.
  6. Add required amount of water and let it boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice, pappad and pickle.


  1. Lovely photss....
    Need to try this rasam :)

  2. Super comforting food,my fav anytime..

  3. Rasam is my all time favourite. I love to have rasam with rice and papad. Very beautiful presentation.

  4. A very comforting rasam...like your click. Have posted rasam very recently at my space too.

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  5. really comforting dish...lovely clicks

  6. lovely space!glad to follow.love the rasam!

  7. Love your presentation!
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  8. Nothing can beat the simple rasam...Luks so delicious..

  9. Yumm and wonderfully prepared Rasam Dear.Luv it

  10. nicely presented...Such a comfort food for me..luks so yumm!!

  11. Lovely clicks. It's been years since I had a spicy , tangy bowl of steaming hot rasam......your pics are making me drool. Glad to follow you.

  12. wow.. rasam looks so delicious... fabulous presentation...

  13. A classic n the pics are absolutely beautiful!

  14. Slurp...Hard to resist, tongue tickling rasam!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. Nicely presented and this is my favorite too, yummy!


  16. Beautiful clicks dear..yummy rasam.

  17. delicious looking tomato rasam looks wonderful

  18. Oh yes, rasam! I can never get enough of this soup and it's so comforting when you are a bit under the weather too. Adipoli!

  19. Rasam is a must in many South Indian homes. In a wedding feast rasam rice follows sambar rice & precedes the payasam(kheer). I prefer to drink a cuppa hot rasam before a meal-serves as an appetizer.Rasam is also good for digestion.Rasam is called Saatamudu by Tamil Iyengars, Saaru in Karnataka & Chaaru in telugu. Other types of rasam are neem,milagu,ginger, garlic, pine apple & poricha rasams. Westerners term it as Mullagutawny soup.The Sourastra community in Madurai call it Pulichar or Tamarind juice rasam......one can go on and on !

  20. Rasam looks super...I am just in love with ur clicks...

  21. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  22. Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments.
    Ramakrishna- Yes, one can go on and on, on this rasam.
    Thank you so much for all the support.

  23. hi Zareena... i only knew how to make rasam with parippu... yesterday I came down with a severe cold and I was wanting to have some piping hot rasam. But did not have the time or patience to cook the lentils first... So I tried this easy recipe... i used black pepper instead of white and reduced the quantity of pepper by half.. this was so yummy and comforting and I could feel the congestion and block due to the cold just go away... thanks for this one...


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