Instant Pot Tomato Rasam

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Instant Pot Tomato Rasam – An easy recipe to make quick rasam in the Instant Pot. No rasam powder (a special spice blend for making rasam) and tamarind are required. The recipe is vegan too.

instant pot tomato rasam

Rasam is a South Indian preparation of a soup-like dish made with herbs, veggies or fruits, tamarind and spices. The end result is sour and spiced or spicy. This recipe has tomatoes, cumin, black pepper, garlic and curry leaves.

By the way, Tomato Rasam is also called as Thakkali Rasam in Tamil Nadu (tomatoes are called thakkali in the Tamil language). I have also shared a stovetop version of a fab Tomato Rasam earlier (my mom’s recipe).

During the winters I make rasam often. Rasam is a favorite with us and so most often I end up cooking it.

About the recipe

  1. Tomatoes: Rasam tastes best with fresh tomatoes. Use tomatoes which are ripe. For making the rasam, I personally prefer to puree the tomatoes, but if you like chunky pieces of tomatoes, then just chop them and add to the tempering.
  2. Time: Making this spicy tangy soupy dish in the Instant Pot just takes about 10 to 12 minutes. So good for those busy days.
  3. Without tamarind & rasam powder: In this recipe, you do not need to add any rasam powder or tamarind. The tanginess and sourness come from the tomatoes. The spices that contribute to the warmth, pungency and flavor in the dish are coarsely ground black pepper, cumin, garlic and red chili powder. If you are interested, you can check this super easy rasam made without rasam powder – Rasam Recipe.

You can serve Instant Pot Tomato Rasam as a warming soup or have it with steamed rice and a side veggie dish.

How to make Instant Pot Tomato Rasam

1. In a grinder jar, take 5 to 6 small to medium garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and ½ teaspoon whole black pepper.

spices in a grinder jar

2. Pulse or grind to get a coarse mixture. Remove and keep aside. You can use a mortar-pestle to do the same.

grounded spices

3. In the same jar, add roughly chopped 250 grams tomatoes (2 large or 3 medium tomatoes).

tomatoes in the grinder jar

4. Grind or blend to a smooth puree.

tomatoes puree

5. Switch on the IP. Press the sauté button on normal and set the timer to 5 or 6 minutes.

sauté button on instant pot

6. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil (gingelly oil) in a pan or pot. Let the oil become hot (not smoking hot or sizzling hot). Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and stir. You can use sunflower oil in place of gingelly oil.

mustard seeds in instant pot

7. Let the mustard seeds begin to splutter.

crackling the mustard seeds

8. Once the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add ½ teaspoon urad dal.

urad dal in instant pot

9. Stirring often sauté, till the urad dal becomes golden.

sauteing urad dal

10. Press twice to get the low mode on (you don’t want to burn the spices). Then add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 2 dry red chillies.

curry leaves and dry red chillies in instant pot

11. Stir and mix.

mixing spices in instant pot

12. Now add the coarsely ground mixture of cumin seeds + garlic + whole black pepper and a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing).

ground spices added to instant pot

13. Mix and stir very well.

mix the mixture

14. Next, add the tomato puree, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon red chili powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.

tomato puree and spices

15. Stir and mix well. If using chopped tomatoes, then sauté them till they soften and become pulpy.

mixing rasam mixture

16. Sauté for one to two minutes.

saute rasam mixture

17. Pour 1 cup of water. If there is tomato puree sticking to the sides of the grinder jar, then add 1 cup water and rinse+mix it with the water. Then add this water to the rasam mixture. For a slightly thin consistency add 1.25 cups water. The amount of water to be added will also depend on the juiciness in the tomatoes. So you can add from 1 to 1.5 cups water.

water added to instant pot

18. Season with salt as per taste. Mix very well.

salt added to rasam mixture

19. Press the cancel button and then press the pressure cook switch. Set timer for 1 or 2 minutes on high pressure.

pressure cooking tomato rasam in instant pot

20. When you hear the beep sound after the pressure cooking is completed, quick pressure release (QPR) and open the lid.

cooked tomato rasam in instant pot

21. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.

coriander leaves added to tomato rasam

22. Serve Instant Pot Tomato rasam as a side dish or appetizer or serve it with steamed rice.

instant pot tomato rasam

This recipe is from the archives and has been updated to the Instant Pot version on 23 January 20.

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instant pot tomato rasam

Instant Pot Tomato Rasam

4.8 from 5 votes
This is an easy, quick delicious tomato rasam made in the Instant Pot - and without rasam powder and tamarind.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Course: Main Course, Side Dish

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

to be crushed coarsely

  • 5 to 6 small to medium garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon whole black pepper

for tomato puree

  • 250 grams tomatoes or 2 large or 3 medium tomatoes

other ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (gingelly oil) or sunflower oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (split and husked black gram)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)

Instructions

preparing coarse spice mix

  • In a grinder jar, take 5 to 6 small to medium garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and 1 ½ teaspoon whole black pepper.
  • Pulse or grind to get a coarse mixture. Remove and keep aside.

making tomato puree

  • In the same jar, add roughly chopped 250 grams tomatoes (2 large or 3 medium tomatoes).
  • Grind or blend to a smooth puree. Keep aside. 

making instant pot tomato rasam

  • Switch on the ip. Press the sauté button on normal and set the timer to 5 or 6 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil (gingelly oil) in a pan or pot. Let the oil become hot (not smoking hot or sizzling hot). Add mustard seeds and stir. You can use sunflower oil in place of gingelly oil.
  • Let the mustard seeds begin to splutter.
  • Once the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add urad dal.
  • Stirring often sauté, till the urad dal starts to turn golden.
  • Press the saute button twice and use the low mode of the saute option. Add 8 to 10 curry leaves, 2 dry red chillies. Stir.
  • Now add the coarsely ground mixture of cumin seeds + garlic + whole black pepper and a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing).
  • Mix and stir very well.
  • Next, add tomato puree,¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • Stir and mix well.
  • Sauté for one to two minutes.
  • Pour 1 cup of water. If the leftover tomato puree sticking to the sides of the grinder jar, then add the 1 cup water and rinse+mix it with the water. Then add this water to the rasam mixture.
  • For a slightly thin consistency add 1.25 cups water. The amount of water to be added will also depend on the juiciness in the tomatoes. So you can add from 1 to 1.5 cups water.
  • Season with salt. Mix very well.
  • Press the cancel button and then press the pressure cook switch for 1 or 2 minutes on high pressure.
  • Quick pressure release (qpr) and open the lid.
  • Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.
  • Serve instant pot tomato rasam as a side dish or appetizer or serve it with steamed rice.

Notes

  1. Add water as required, but do not dilute too much. For a slightly thin consistency add 1.25 cups water. The amount of water to be added will also depend on the juiciness in the tomatoes. So you can add from 1 to 1.5 cups water.
  2. You can pressure cook for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  3. If using chopped tomatoes, then sauté them till they soften and become pulpy. 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Tomato Rasam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 594mg26%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 82.1mg100%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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