rasam is a south indian variation of soup made with tamarind pulp as a base along with spices & herbs. lentils can be added or skipped in rasam.
there are many varieties of rasam. it can be made in two ways – with rasam powder and without rasam powder. further you can make it with different veggies & herbs like tomato, drumstick, pineapple, lemon, garlic, ginger etc. rasam can also be made with fruits like pineapple, apple, mango etc.
the word rasam is derived from the word ‘rasa’ which means juice or extract. the other names for rasam is chaaru in telugu and saaru in kannada. if you carefully see the word ‘saaru’, it is also derived from the word ‘saar’ which means essence.
in rasam the extract that is usually used is tamarind extract/pulp and sometimes tomato puree/juice. some variations like pineapple rasam use pineapple puree. lemon rasam uses lemon juice. beetroot rasam will use beetroot stock (extract) and so on.
rasam should not be overcooked so that the flavors from the spices don’t get lost. many rasam varieties are very good for coughs, colds and fever. specially during rainy season or when the season is changing and you are more prone to cold then you can make rasam varieties like pepper cumin rasam or lemon rasam.
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14 veg rasam recipes or rasam varieties:
1. rasam recipe without rasam powder – an easy rasam recipe that is made without rasam powder.
2. tomato rasam – this is also an easy recipe to make tomato rasam. the recipe is made with tomato puree. no dal/lentils are added. there is also no tamarind added in the recipe and you don’t need any rasam powder too.
3. mysore rasam – spiced delicious rasam recipe from the karnataka cuisine. unlike regular south indian rasams, mysore rasam has lentils and fresh coconut added. the addition of fresh coconut makes this rasam tastes too good along with the flavors coming from ground spices. as a result this rasam goes very well with steamed rice.
4. pineapple rasam – spicy, tangy, and lightly sweet rasam made with fresh pineapple, lentils and spices.
5. pepper cumin rasam – a spicy, tangy and hot appetizer drink made from tamarind pulp, black pepper and cumin. this rasam is excellent remedy for cough and cold.
6. tamarind rasam – this is a sour and spicy rasam recipe. the sourness comes from the tamarind and the spiciness & heat comes from the spices that are used in making rasam – mainly black pepper, cumin, garlic and red chilies. you don’t need rasam powder to make this recipe.
7. dal rasam – spicy rasam recipe made from pigeon pea lentils or arhar dal. this dal rasam warms the body and is excellent when one has bouts of cold, chill and cough.
8. garlic rasam – spiced, sour rasam made with garlic and spices. the recipe does not make use of rasam powder and cooked dal (lentils).
9. pepper rasam (milagu rasam) – this is a variation of rasam made with black pepper, tamarind, tomatoes and other spices. excellent for cold and cough.
10. lemon coriander rasam – spicy, tangy rasam made with lemon juice and coriander leaves.
11. drumstick rasam – tangy and slightly sweet rasam due to the addition of jaggery warmed with spices and the flavor of drumsticks.
12. tomato rasam recipe – easy and quick recipe of tomato rasam made andhra style. this rasam is also known as tomato charu.
13. quick tomato rasam recipe – easy to prepare and instant recipe of tomato rasam. you do not need to add rasam powder or tamarind.
14. curd rasam recipe – mor rasam also known as buttermilk rasam is a rasam variety made from curd or buttermilk. usually sour curd is used to make mor rasam and this gives a nice sour taste in the rasam along with the spiciness coming from the spices which are added.