How to make Rasam -

No meal in a Tamilian house is complete without rasam – spicy, tangy and bursting with flavour.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Split Pigeon Pea, Turmeric powder (हल्दी का पावडर)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Dals and Kadhis

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Rasam Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Rasam Recipe

  • Split Pigeon Pea soaked 4 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder ¾ teaspoon

  • Rasam masala powder 1½ teaspoons

  • Asafoetida ¼ teaspoon

  • Black pepper powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 2½ tablespoons

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves 4 tablespoons

  • For Tempering

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds ½ teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Curry leaves 5-6


Step 1

Pressure cook the pigeon peas in 4 cups water with half the turmeric powder till 4-5 whistles.

Step 2

Heat some water in a non-stick pan. Add remaining turmeric powder, rasam masala powder, asafoetida, pepper powder, tamarind pulp and tomatoes, mix well and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Reduce heat and cook till the liquid becomes half the volume. Mash the cooked dal and strain the water.

Step 4

Add the strained dal water to the tamarind mixture along with salt and chopped coriander and mix well.

Step 5

For tempering, heat ghee in a non-stick tempering pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add asafoetida and curry leaves and switch off heat.

Step 6

Add the tempering to the rasam, mix well and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

Step 7

Serve hot with steamed rice.

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