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by dassana amit updated February 18, 2014

tamarind rasam

a tamarind rasam post for the monsoons. its raining and raining here. so all that i make these days are some hearty soups, comforting dals, spicy starters, steaming pakoras and tangy rasams.

rasam is a south indian variation of soup. usually thin in consistency its either had plain or can be had with rice. very good for coughs, colds and fever. there are many types of rasam that are made like tomato rasam, dal rasam, drumstick rasam, pepper cumin rasam, pineapple rasam, garlic rasam and so on.

this tamarind rasam is sour and spicy. a variation of my mom’s tamarind 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 to have ready rasam powder to make this recipe.

rasam should not be overcooked so that the flavors from the spices don’t get lost. generally, rasam is served with rice and sambar combination. you can also serve it plain with rice and a side vegetable dish. it can also be had as a soup.

tamarind rasam recipe

adding tomatoes to the rasam is optional and you can skip that. since i do like the flavor of tomatoes i have added it. also while grinding, if you want you can add some coriander stems with leaves. i have skipped adding them and added coriander leaves later as a garnish.

you can either temper the rasam before or after. in this recipe i have tempered before and then simmered the rasam.

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check sweet corn soup, roasted tomato soup, carrot tomato soup and thai veg tofu soup.

tamarind rasam recipe below:

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sour and spicy tamarind rasam recipe - tamarind soup from south india
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: south indian
Serves: 3-4
main ingredients:
  • 1 lemon sized tamarind soaked in 1 cup water for 30-40 mins
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 3 or 31/2 cups water
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt as required
ingredients for the rasam powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 or 1.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 dry red chilies
  • 2 to 3 strands of coriander leaves with the stems (optional)
tempering ingredients
  • ¾ tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida powder
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  1. soak the tamarind in 1 cup water for 30-40 minutes.
  2. squeeze the pulp from the soaked tamarind with your hands in the water.
  3. keep aside.
  4. crush the tomatoes with your hands and add this to the tamarind pulp.
  5. you can also chop the tomatoes, if you prefer.
  6. make a semi coarse powder in a dry grinder or in a mortar-pestle with the ingredients mentioned under rasam powder.
  7. heat oil in a pan.
  8. first fry the mustard seeds till they pop.
  9. add cumin and fry till they are browned.
  10. add curry leaves, garlic and asafoetida.
  11. fry for some seconds.
  12. add the tamarind pulp - crushed tomatoes mixture.
  13. add the ground semi coarse rasam powder.
  14. stir and then add about 3 cups water.
  15. season with salt.
  16. bring to one boil and then simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  17. lastly add chopped coriander leaves and give a stir.
  18. serve tamarind rasam hot.

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shubhangi garg November 30, 2013 1

that’s a very nice piece of cookery i am dying to try it out


shubhangi garg November 30, 2013 2

sounds yummy eager to try it out


keeru October 23, 2013 3

Very nice recipe
Thank u . ….


dassana October 23, 2013 4

welcome keeru


keeru October 23, 2013 5

Very nice recipe
Thank u


Sharmilee July 10, 2013 6

Anytime comforting food….rasam and rice anytime fav meal


easyfoodsmith July 5, 2013 7

My husband and I can polish off rasam at any time of the year! We just need an excuse to have it. Your rasam sounds delish and a very promising recipe.


Ash-foodfashionparty July 4, 2013 8

This rasam looks so nice, and without the podi even better. I like the picture.


dassana July 4, 2013 9

thanks ash


aparna July 3, 2013 10

such comforting food :) The rasam i always love the most :)


Hari Chandana July 3, 2013 11

Woww… Lovely and aromatic rasam.. looks delicious!!


Nupur July 3, 2013 12

Would you believe if I say I have never prepared Rasam at home myself. Its one of those things I am meaning to prepare for a very long time and never get a chance to.

My friend gave me the idea of an easy Lemon Rasam, very similar to this one. On my list again *Sigh*


dassana July 3, 2013 13

nupur, give it a try. its an easy rasam recipe and specially good for cough and cold.


Preeti Tamilarasan July 3, 2013 14

i have become your fan dassana.. love the lighting in your clicks and also simplicity.. rasam and potato poriyal are my fav combo :)


dassana July 3, 2013 15

thanks preeti for the nice words.