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Simple Spicy Rasam

Rasam_Spicy_Simple_1 South Indian feast never completes without Rasam, the Indian soup. It is a good appetizer and variety of rasams are there.

Here is Simple Spicy Rasam using fresh spices without dal or rasam powder. I tasted this spicy rasam prepared by my mother-in- law just after my marriage and I liked it very much for its spicy taste. Now I prepare this spicy rasam very often. My neighbours easily come to know that I’m preparing this rasam from the aroma of garlic and other spices when I do the seasoning.


  • Tomato – 4 no Rasam_Spicy_Simple_2
  • Tamarind –  marble size (adjust as per your need)
  • Turmeric powder – pinch
  • Coriander leaves – few strings
  • Salt – as per taste
  • To grind
    • Red chilli – 2 no
    • Green chilli – 2 no
    • Coriander seeds – 1 table spoon
    • Black pepper – 1 tea spoon
    • Cumin seeds – 1 tea spoon Rasam_Spicy_Simple_3
    • Garlic – 6 cloves
    • Curry leaves – few
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Cumin seeds – ½ tea spoon
    • Fenugreek seeds – few
    • Red chilli – 2 no
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Asafetida – generous pinch


  • Soak tamarind for 10 minutes, extract juice and keep.
  • In a blender add red chilli, pepper, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and grind partially.

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  • Then add green chilli, garlic, curry leaves and run the mixer once or twice to grind partially.

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  • Mash tomatoes and mix with salt and turmeric powder; add the ground spices, tamarind juice, 3 cups of water; mix and adjust the taste now.

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  • Do the seasoning in a pan, add the already prepared spices-tomato-water mix; let it get hot and remove the rasam just before boiling (this can be easily identified by the light yellow foam and air bubbles on the surface); add coriander leaves and mix well.

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  • Serve hot with rice or serve as soup or appetizer.


{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Jyoti V April 8, 2010, 11:17 pm

    You have used all fresh ingredient..I can image how delicious it must be…

  • Sushma Mallya April 8, 2010, 11:22 pm

    looks delicious,

  • Priya April 8, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Love this version, grinding spices and preparing as rasam sounds fantastic, comforting food..

  • lindra July 19, 2011, 3:50 am

    Rasam is my all time favourite. Thanks for posting the recipe with the step by step picture.

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