After a few days of eating outside food, there  is no bigger delight than having a simple meal of rice and rasam at home. It is the daily requirement of many people in South India. Rasam, is the accompaniment used with plain rice. It is of thinner consistency when compared to sambar.

When the theme of our blog hop was chosen as Rasam, I was pondering over the many varieties of rasam. But, soon I realised that I had not put the basic version of rasam. So today, here I present to you a very tasty rasam. It is very popular in all regions of South India , with a slight variation.

rasam tasty
rasam tasty


Ingredients :

  • Tuvar dal (split pigeon pea or arhar dal) 1 small cup

  • tomato 2

  • tamarind 1 small lemon sized ball

  • ghee 1tsp

  • mustard seeds 1/4tsp

  • turmeric powder 1/4tsp

  • asafoetida 1/4tsp

  • salt to taste

  • rasam powder 2tsp

  • water 

  • jaggery

  • coriander

  • curry leaves

Method :

  • Cook the dal in pressure cooker with adequate amount of water. Add a little turmeric powder to it for proper cooking.

  • Extract the pulp of tamarind.

  • Take a pan and add the ghee to it. Add mustard seeds, when they splutter add the asafoetida and turmeric powder, along with it add the tomato pieces to it. Let cook by adding water and salt to it.

  • When  cooked, add the tamarind pulp and rasam powder to it.  Let boil.

  • Later, add the cooked dal to it by  mixing well.

  • Add water to the required consistency .

  • Allow to boil on a low flame.

  • Curry leaves and chopped coriander enhance the taste of it.

  • Hot rasam ,delight of good food is ready to serve. Tastes best with steaming hot rice and ghee for those who love to indulge.

To make it gluten free, do not add asafoetida to it. I hope you liked this simple cooking of mine. Subscribe to this blog to get all updates. Do share it on your social network.


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  1. couldn’t agree more Jayashree. the comfort rasam brings is something to be experienced. kids too LOVE rasam. looks lovely and inviting with the coriander 🙂 wish I could eat it 🙂

    • It is a blend of spices which we prepare and store in airtight containers. It consists of coriander seeds, pepper and cumin. Thankyou so much Pavan

  2. I totally agree with you..that’s exactly what we do..back home after a holiday..dal and rasam..nothing more is what we crave for!!…I can totally finish off the delicious bowl of rasam dear!!

  3. Love the clear radiant Rasam with the lovely garnishing and tempering. Looks so inviting. Truly would love to come home to this warm and awesome flavoured soup.

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