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Garlic rasam recipe with step by step photos. Garlic rasam also known as poondu rasam is a spicy, sour rasam tempered with garlic and spices.

garlic rasam, poondu rasam

I make rasam on a regular basis and in this rainy cold weather, I prepare rasam often. Since rasam is good for cough and cold. I also make rasam on those days, when I want to make a quick, spicy and an easy dish with rice.

This poondu rasam does not make use Of readymade rasam powder and cooked dal (lentils). Goes very well with steamed rice. You can also have plain as a soup.

With rasam, I usually serve steamed rice and a veggie roast or any veggie poriyal like carrot poriyal or beetroot poriyal. But both steamed rice and rasam is such a comforting meal, that you may not need to have any side dish.

How to make poondu rasam

1. Heat ½ cup water and soak 1 tbsp tightly packed seedless tamarind in it. Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes.

tamarind for garlic rasam recipe

2. After 20 minutes, squeeze the softened tamarind very well in the water. Keep this tamarind pulp aside.

tamarind for garlic rasam recipe

3. When the tamarind is soaking, make the ground rasam spice mix. Add 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 to 3 garlic cloves and 2 dry red chilies, broken and deseeded in a small dry grinder or spice grinder.

ground rasam spice mix

4. Grind to a coarse mixture. Keep aside.

ground rasam spice mix

5. Crush lightly 8 to 10 medium garlic cloves with or without peels in a mortar-pestle.

garlic for garlic rasam recipe

Making poondu rasam

6. Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a pan or pot. Add ½ tsp mustard seeds and ½ tsp urad dal.

dal for garlic rasam recipe

7. saute till the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turns to a maroonish color. Saute on a low flame.

dal for garlic rasam recipe

8. Then add 8 to 10 curry leaves, 1 to 2 dry red chilies and the crushed garlic.

garlic for garlic rasam recipe

9. saute till the garlic turns light brown.

curry leaves for garlic rasam recipe

10. Then add 1 small to medium tomato (chopped or crushed). Also add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida.

tomatoes for garlic rasam recipe

11. Stir and saute till the tomatoes soften.

tomatoes for garlic rasam recipe

12. Add the ground rasam spice mix. stir very well and saute for a minute on a low flame.

add rasam spice mix

13. now add the tamarind pulp and 1.5 to 2 cups water. Season with salt. While adding tamarind pulp, directly strain it with a tea strainer in the pan.

making garlic rasam recipe

14. on a medium flame, simmer garlic rasam for 5 to 6 minutes.

making garlic rasam recipe

15. When done, switch off the flame and add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

coriander for garlic rasam recipe

16. Serve garlic rasam hot with some steamed rice. You can also have it as a soup.

garlic rasam recipe
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garlic rasam recipe, poondu rasam recipe

Poondu Rasam

5 from 7 votes
Garlic rasam is a spiced, sour rasam variety seasoned with garlic and spices.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Side Dish

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for coarsely ground rasam spice mixture

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 dry red chilies - broken and deseeded

for tamarind pulp

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tightly packed seedless tamarind

for tempering and other ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 to 2 dry red chilies
  • 8 to 10 garlic crushed lightly, with or without peels
  • 1 small to medium tomato, chopped or crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

preparing tamarind pulp

  • Heat 1/2 cup water and soak 1 tbsp tightly packed seedless tamarind in it. Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze the softened tamarind very well in the water. Keep this tamaraind pulp aside.

preparing ground rasam spice mix and prepping

  • When the tamarind is soaking, make the ground rasam spice mix. Add 1 tsp black pepper, tsp cumin seeds, 2 to 3 garlic cloves and 2 dry red chilies, broken and deseeded in a small dry grinder or spice grinder.
  • Grind to a coarse mixture. Keep aside.
  • Crush lightly 8 to 10 garlic with or without peels in a mortar-pestle. Chop or crush the tomato.

seasoning and making garlic rasam

  • Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a pan or pot. Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp urad dal. Saute till the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turns to a maroonish color. Saute on a low flame.
  • Then add 8 to 10 curry leaves, 1 to 2 dry red chilies and the crushed garlic.
  • Saute till the garlic turns light brown.
  • Then add 1 small to medium tomato (chopped or crushed). Also add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Stir and saute till the tomatoes soften.
  • Add the ground rasam spice mix. Stir very well and saute for a minute on a low flame.
  • Now add the tamarind pulp and 1.5 to 2 cups water. Season with salt.
  • On a medium flame, simmer the rasam for 5 to 6 minutes. While adding tamarind pulp, directly strain it with a tea strainer in the pan.
  • When done, switch off the flame and add chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve garlic rasam hot with some steamed rice. You can also have it as a soup.

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