17 Mar 2014

Basic Rasam Recipe

For South Indians, rasam is almost an elixir of life! It is made in all homes and since it is so good for digestion, some even make it everyday. There are various ways to make rasam and this is the way we make it in our home. There are also different varieties of rasam, today I want to post the basic tamarind rasam. 


I am not so crazy about rasam but I would love to have it once in a while but my family loves rasam so we make it almost everyday! This can be had as  a soup too and it's very good to have during cold.

Preparation time 15 mins | Cooking time 10 mins | Serves 2

  • Tamarind - small gooseberry size piece
  • Tomato - 2 medium
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - 1.5 cups
To grind
  • Pepper corns - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Garlic pods - 5-8
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Red chilli- 2
To Temper 
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli - 2

1. Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup of water for about`30 minutes. If you're in a hurry, soak it in some hot water. Extract the juice and set aside.

2. In a small mixer jar, grind together all the ingredients mentioned under 'to grind'.

3. In a small pan, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves.
4. When the mustard seeds splutter add the ground mixture and saute for 2 minutes.

5. In the meantime, take the 2 medium tomatoes in the same mixer grinder and blend the tomatoes.

6. Add the tomatoes to the pan and mix well.
7. Add the turmeric powder and hing.

7. Add the tamarind extract and the remaining water. Add salt.
8. Mix well, add more water if needed.

9. Add the chopped coriander leaves and wait for the rasam to start boiling and switch off.


1. Do not over boil the rasam. Switch off when it starts to boil.
2. Adjust the pepper and cumin to your preference.
3. Adding water depends on your taste and preference. If you like the rasam very tangy then add less water, if you like a mild tangy rasam, then add more water.
4. Grinding the red chillies makes this rasam very spicy. Do not grind the red chillies if you want a mildly spiced rasam.

Until next time,
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  1. Flavorful and yummy rasam ...Love it dear :)

  2. slightly similar to how my umma makes it... so yum...

  3. Mine is little different .. whichever way.. i knw they taste yumm

  4. Tasty rasam..... As I'm not South Indian but , I will definitely give a try !!

  5. Nice.. wonderful stepwise clicks.. love ur blog dear.

  6. Comfort food for the most,looks yum

  7. i have to try this rasam...looks very comforting and yummy...

  8. A rich and flavorful recipe for rasam..... :)

  9. Flavorful rasam..Lunch is never complete without it @ home.

  10. very well explained recipe ; dear ~ in fact i dot know how to make rasam ; from your recipe i can try to make one :) obsessed with the delicious looks :)

  11. Thanks for this post. I wanted to learn rasam and here it is... It looks great :)

  12. Beulah...Must get recipe for JS rasam :P

    1. Oh Sweety what won't I give to get JS rasam recipe! But no one will share! I have asked so many! During both my pregnancies, JS rasam was the only one I craved for!!


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