Rasam is a traditional South Indian soup that is typically served with rice. It is known for its tangy and spicy flavor, with a base made from tamarind juice, tomato, and a variety of spices. Rasam is a popular dish in South Indian cuisine and is often enjoyed as a comforting and refreshing meal. It is also believed to have medicinal properties and is commonly consumed to aid digestion and boost immunity.

This is a simpler form of rasam. Check the rasam/Charu category for more recipes.


Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: Rasam/CharuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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A common dish that is served with rice. It can also be consume as soup.


  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size

  • Thuvar dhal – ½ cup

  • Pepper – 1 teaspoon

  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon

  • Red Chillies – 2

  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic pearl – 1 or 2

  • Tomato – 1 (fully riped)

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Coriander leaves – few

  • Asafotida powder – a pinch

  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Soak tamarind and salt in water and squeeze out the juice completely by adding enough water.
  • Cook thuvar dhal till soft and mash it well.
  • Grind pepper, jeera, red chillies and coriander seeds coarsely.
  • Crush garlic pod.
  • In a thick bottomed vessel add the mashed dhal, tamarind water, pepper jeera powder, crushed garlic, turmeric powder. Mix well and add water to make it thin.
  • Chop the tomatoes and add to the above mix. Bring to boil.
  • When it starts boiling add the curry leaves and coriander leaves and remove from flame.
  • Add half cup cold water so that it will not overcook.
  • Season it with mustard and asafoetida powder.


  1. Dear Kamala Mami,

    I made this rasam for lunch …..very tasty..thanks mami

  2. Thank you for your feed back Prabha.

  3. Could you please post tomato rasam recipie

  4. Hi Mami,
    I am trying your recipes everyday
    and I’m getting excellent feedback. Thanks a lot!!! Keep posting new recipes.

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