Simple Rasam

Cooking Time: 10-15 mins


  • Five Tomatoes
  • 2 cups – Toor dal or any dal of your choice
  • Finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Tamarind juice- One Small Ball
  • Pepper powder- ¼ tsp
  • Jeera powder- ¼ tsp
  • Garlic- 4 cloves (Optional)
  • Turmeric powder- a pinch
  • Salt to taste

For seasoning

Mustard seeds- few
Jeera- ¼ tsp
Red chilli- 1
Asafoetida- a pinch
Curry leaves- a few
Oil – 2tsp


  • Put four tomatoes and all spices in a blender until all ingredients are blended well.
  • Keep aside
  • Wash dal and keep in pressure cooker upto the count of 3
  • In a pan, pour 1 tsp oil or ghee and pour the blended tomato-spice mixure
  • After 2 minutes, pour one cup of water to the pan.
  • Take a small ball of tamarind and place it in a mug of water that can be microwaved upto 30 seconds.
  • Take the tamarind from the mug and squeeze all the juice into the water and mix well
  • Add the 5th chopped tomato into the pan and add the remaining tamarind juice
  • After 2 mins, mash the cooked dal and add to pan.
  • Take another pan, pour one spoon of oil and add the mustard seeds and the rest of the seasoning after the seeds break
  • Pour this mixture into the rasam pan
  • Your Rasam is ready.

Rasam can be had with rice or as a soup. It also makes an interesting dish to have with hot vadais.


2 thoughts on “Simple Rasam

  1. Another yummy add on to the rasam is to saute some chopped onions until light brown and then adding the blend tomatoes to it. Or, you could also do same after tempering the mustard seeds and jeera.

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