easy tomato rasam recipe with step by step photos – there are many recipes for making tomato rasam. this is the most easy and simple recipe to make the tomato rasam plus a delicious one.
there is no dal/lentils used in this rasam recipe. also there is no tamarind added in the recipe and also you don’t need any rasam powder to make this rasam. you can also check this quick tomato rasam and andhra style tomato charu recipe.
this tomato rasam is mom’s recipe and she has always been making it this way. i simply love tomato rasam this way. i have had tomato rasam in some south indian restaurants… but did not like them.
the tomato rasam can be had with rice or with medu vadas or idlis. you can also have it plain as a soup with some warm or toasted bread. its very good for cold and also for digestion. i made the rasam when i was having heavy cold and fever for a week. and it did help me to soothen the cold in the cold season 🙂
for this rasam, we use cumin seeds and black pepper as the main spices. you can increase or decrease the proportion of pepper to adjust with your taste and level of spice.
other ingredients that are added are tender coriander stems (preferably without leaves), ginger and garlic. again the quantity of ginger and garlic can be increased or reduced.
and the rest of the ingredients are of course, red and juicy tomatoes, plus the usual indian herbs and spices.
easy tomato rasam recipe below:
- 9 to 10 medium size red and juicy tomatoes
- 1 to 2 cups water
- salt as required
- ½ cup coriander stems with or without leaves
- 1 inch ginger (adrak)
- 8 to 9 garlic (lahsun)
- 10 to 12 black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds (jeera)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 to 3 sprig of curry leaves (kadi patta)
- 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
- 1 teaspoon urad dal (husked & split black gram)
- 1 or 2 dry red chillies broken and seeds removed
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
- blanch or steam the tomatoes.
- once they cool, chop them and blend to a smooth puree.
- in a grinder or mortar and pestle make a coarse paste of all the ingredients mentioned in the spice herb mixture list above.
- heat oil and fry the mustard seeds. when they start to crackle add the urad dal.
- fry the urad dal till light brown and then add all the other tempering ingredients, except turmeric powder.
- fry for a minute. add the coarse herb and spice paste. add turmeric powder and fry for a minute.
- now add the tomato puree. add the water and salt.
- bring to a thorough boil and then simmer for 10-12 minutes.
- garnish tomato rasam with coriander leaves.
- serve tomato rasam hot with rice.
how to make easy tomato rasam recipe:
1. rinse 9-10 medium sized red tomatoes in running water for 3-4 times. blanch or steam the tomatoes in a steamer, microwave oven or in a pot. drain and keep aside for them to cool.
2. take 1 tbsp cumin seed, 10-12 black pepper, 1 inch ginger, 8-9 garlic and ½ cup coriander stems (you can keep some leaves if you want).
3. run through the grinder to get a coarse mixture. don’t make it fine. you can also use a pestle and mortar to make the coarse paste.
4. now chop the tomatoes and blend them to get a smooth puree. if you want you can get rid of the peel and seeds. i usually don’t.
5. in a large pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds. when they crackle, add 1 tsp urad dal. when the urad dal turns light brown, add 2 to 3 sprig of curry leaves/kadi patta, a pinch of asafoetida/hing and 1 or 2 broken red chilies.
6. fry for a minute and now add the ground coarse spice mixture and fry for a minute again.
7. now add ½ tsp turmeric powder and fry for a minute.
8. finally add the tomato puree. mix well.
9. then add some water. if you like a little thin tomato rasam, then you could add some more water. also add salt as required.
10. give the tomato rasam a boil.
11. and then simmer for 10-12 minutes.
12. finally garnish tomato rasam with coriander leaves/dhania patta.
serve tomato rasam hot with rice and some pappadums.