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Rasam is an inevitable food in south India. When my friends say that I can’t prepare rasam as I don’t have rasam powder stock at home, I always ask them to prepare this recipe. When anyone gets cold this is the best food to be prepared. This soothes the throat so well.

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Tamarind : a small lemon size

Tomato : 1

Garlic : 4 pods

Black Pepper: 3/4 tablespoon

Cumin Seeds : 3/4 tablespoon

Water : 3 cups

Toor Dal : 2 tablespoons

Turmeric Powder : a pinch

Oil : 1 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds : 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal : 1/2 teaspoon

Curry Leaves : Few

Cilantro Leaves: Few

Salt : as needed


  • Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of water.
  • Cut tomato into 2 halves.
  • Boil toor dal with required water and turmeric powder. Once cooked well, stop and set it aside.
  • In blender, add cumin seeds, black pepper, garlic pods and one half of tomato. Blend it to a fine paste.
  • Take tamarind juice, add the above ground paste, salt.
  • Add the remaining half of tomato and smash with hands.
  • Add around 1 1/2 cup water and get the liquid consistency. Check for salt.
  • In a pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal. When it crackles add curry leaves.
  • Now add the the rasam water prepared, let it boil.
  • When it starts boiling add cooked toor dal and let it get boiled for 2 mins.
  • Switch off and add cilantro leaves and mix.
  • Now rasam is ready. Have it with hot rice πŸ™‚