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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.

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.

tamarind rasam recipe

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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tamarind rasam recipe
sour and spicy tamarind rasam recipe - tamarind soup from south india
CUISINE: south indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients:
  • 1 lemon sized tamarind soaked in 1 cup water for 30-40 mins
  • 1 medium sized tomato (tamatar)
  • 3 or 3.5 cups water
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt as required
ingredients for the rasam powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper (kali mirch)
  • 1 or 1.5 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 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 (rai)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera (optional)
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida powder (hing)
  • 10-12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  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. keep aside.
  3. crush the tomatoes with your hands and add this to the tamarind pulp.
  4. you can also chop the tomatoes, if you prefer.
  5. make a semi coarse mixture n a dry grinder or in a mortar-pestle with the ingredients mentioned under rasam powder.
  6. heat oil in a pan. first fry the mustard seeds till they pop.
  7. add cumin and fry till they are browned.
  8. add curry leaves and asafoetida. fry for some seconds. you can also add garlic in the tempering and then no need to make a semi coarse mixture of it with the rest of the ingredients.
  9. add the tamarind pulp - crushed tomatoes mixture.
  10. add the ground semi coarse rasam powder.
  11. stir and then add about 3 cups water. season with salt.
  12. bring to one boil and then simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  13. lastly add chopped coriander leaves and give a stir.
  14. serve tamarind rasam hot.

{ 34 Responses }

  1. Namitha says

    Being a student in the UK away from home and missing rasam badly during a horrid cold brought me to your website. I tried the recipe and it’s come out wonderfully ! Yum Yum! And the best part was that I didn’t have to go hunting for rasam powder or some other ready made ingredient. Can’t wait to send pictures to Mom! Thanks!

  2. Hemanth says

    This was one mystery that I never thought I’d solve. Although it seemed simple, I never really could get the rasam together. Really appreciate your efforts in motivating people to prepare food without any outside ingredients but preparing everything that is required right at home and in very little time and the simplest of ways with ease. My wife says that she’s prepared rasam more than 500 times and it never tasted better than the one I did and was never this colourful either. Passing all the credits to you, as always :)

    • says

      thanks hemanth for your appreciation. rasam is prepared in different ways. though the basic ingredients are more or less same. each person makes it differently. but perhaps your wife loves the food that you cook for her.

  3. jk says

    Just a query- is garlic part of rasam powder ingredients and needs to be dry ground or is it part of tempering ingredients and needs to be chopped fine and used for tempering.

    • says

      savannagal, temper means tadka or chaunk. it is done by frying or sauting spices in hot oil or ghee. when the spices release their flavors, the whole mixture is added along with the oil to the main dish. this technique is oftenly used in most of indian dishes.

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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*