All about Rasams!!

Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiyengars call it as "saathamudu". Many restaurants serve mulagatwany soup which is also a kind of rasam. There are so many varieties of rasam though the basic recipe remains the same. As I had a few requests from some friends and readers for the rasam recipe , I thought of compiling into a single post. Find more about rasam here.

First of all , let me provide the recipe of rasam powder which can be prepared in a large quantity and stored for a sufficiently long time and used during any rasam preperation.

Rasam Powder

All about Rasams!!Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiy...

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    Ingredients

    Coriander seeds/dhania seeds
    100g
    Tuvar dal
    50g
    Cumin seeds/jeera seeds
    25g
    Black pepper
    2tsps
    Red chillies
    8 to 9 ( more if you can take the heat)
    Curry leaves- few leaves(optional)

    Steps

    1. Dry roast all the ingredients together. Let it cool and grind the ingredients to a coarse powder.
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    Readymade packets of rasam powder are commercially available. They are available in a lot of brandnames. I have used MTR rasam powder and I really love the taste, flavour and colour it imparts. Sometimes, even sambar powder can be used for making rasam. That tastes good too!!
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    There is a special utensil called "eeya chembu" - a lead vessel for preparing rasam and when made in this, the flavour gets enhanced. It does tastes great for sure!!!
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    As I mentioned above, there are a number of rasam varieties, so I will compile a few basic ones.

    1. Pepper rasam-

    All about Rasams!!Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiy...

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      Ingredients

      Tamarind- lime sized lump
      Rasam powder
      2-3tsp
      Whole pepper- Crushed
      1tsp
      Cumin seeds powder
      1/2tsp
      Cooked tuvar dal/masoor dal- th
      1/4cup
      Salt
      to taste
      Curry leaves- few leaves
      Coriander leaves for garnishing
      Mustard seeds
      1tsp
      Asafoetida
      a pinch
      Ghee
      1/2tsp

      Steps

      1. Squeeze out the pulp from the tamarind. Add the rasam powder, pepper and cumin seeds powder,salt and curry leaves. Allow it to boil till the smell of rasam powder goes. Now mash the cooked dal, add it to the boiling mixture and boil further for 2-3 minutes. Dilute with around 2-3 cups of water /dal water. Boil till it bubbles up(takes around 10-15 minutes. Remove from flame.
      2. Heat ghee for tempering. Crackle the mustard seeds and asafoetida. Add to the rasam. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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        Optional- You can also add chopped tomatoes in this. But accordingly reduce the quantity of tamarind.

      2.Pineapple Rasam- This is a kind of festive rasam , the method is almost the same.

      Tamarind- A very small lump(because pineapple is going to be tart)

      All about Rasams!!Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiy...

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        Ingredients

        Cooked tuvar dal/masoor dal
        1/2 cup
        Pepper powder
        1/2tsp
        Rasam powder
        2-3 tsp
        Pineapple pieces- crushed( Use along with the syrup )
        1/2 can
        Jaggery- a small lump-(optional)
        Salt
        to taste
        Asafoetida
        small pinch
        Oil/ghee
        1tsp
        Mustard seeds
        1tsp
        Coriander for garnising

        Steps

        1. Squeeze out the juice from the tamarind. Add rasam powder, pepper powder ,salt and the crushed pineapple pieces and allow it to boil till the rasam powder smell goes. Then add the cooked dal and boil for 2 minutes. Dilute with dal water. Boil for another 10 minutes. Add jaggery if using.
        2. Heat oil or ghee. Crackle mustard seeds and asafoetida and add it to the rasam.
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          You can also make this without adding tamarind water using just dal. Dilute it accordingly.

        3. Mysore rasam- In this, fresh rasam powder is made and used for the rasam.

        All about Rasams!!Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiy...

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          Ingredients

          Tamarind- Size of a lime
          Cooked masoor/tuvar dal
          1/2 cup
          Coriander seeds
          1 1/2tbsp
          Channa dal/bengal gram dal
          2tsp
          Dried red chillies
          8
          Oil
          2tsp
          Whole pepper
          5 -6
          Curry leaves- few leaves
          Oil for tempering
          Mustard seeds
          1tsp
          Asafoetida
          a pinch
          Salt
          to taste
          Coriander leaves for garnishing.

          Steps

          1. Heat oil in a pan and roast the coriander seeds,channa dal and the red chillies. Grind this to a paste along with a few pepper corns.
          2. Squeeze out the juice from the tamarind. Add the salt ,asafoetida and curry leaves. Allow it to boil for 10 minutes. Then add the cooked dal and boil for sometime. Dilute with water or dal water and boil till it froths. Then add the prepared powder and mix well.
          3. Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard, curry leaves and red chillies. Add to the rasam and garnish with coriander.
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            You can add tomatoes in the tamarind water and boil along with it, but reduce the amount of tamarind accordingly.

          4.Lemon rasam or elumachampazham rasam or limbu rasam

          All about Rasams!!Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiy...

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            Ingredients

            Cooked Mung dal
            1 cup
            Green chillies- chopped
            2
            Tomato- chopped
            1
            Oil
            1tsp
            Mustard Seeds
            1tsp
            Cumin seeds
            1tsp
            Asafoetida
            a pinch
            Salt
            to taste
            Turmeric powder
            1tsp
            Lemon juice- of lemon
            1

            Steps

            1. Heat oil in a pan.Crackle mustard , cumin seeds and green chillies. Add the tomatoes. Cook for sometime. Add the cooked dal along with salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida. Dilute with 2-3 cups of water . Allow to boil till it froths. Remove from flame. Add the lemon juice. Mix well.
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              I add a tsp of rasam powder in this. But its totally optional.

            5. Tomato Rasam- I always make this when I have a bad cold. The ingredients does the magic.

            All about Rasams!!Rasam can be defined as a South Indian soup which is taken along with rice basically. Its made with tamarind water mixed with a variety of spices and lentils. It is known by different names in the different southern states. Its Rasam in Tamil nadu,saaru in karnataka, chaaru in Andhrapradesh. The Aiy...

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              Ingredients

              Tomatoes- big
              2
              Cooked dal- oir little less
              half cup
              Garlic
              2 cloves
              Ginger
              1"
              Peppercorns
              5
              Cumin seeds
              1tsp
              Rasam powder
              3 tsp
              Salt
              to taste
              Asafoetida
              a pinch
              Oil
              1tsp
              Mustard
              1tsp

              Steps

              1. Grind chopped tomatoes, Ginger ,garlic, peppercorns and cumin seeds in a blender. Heat oil in a pan. Crackle mustard seeds. Add the ground liquid followed by salt, asafoetida and rasam powder. Boil for 10 minutes. Add the dal and cook for 2 more minutes.Dilute with 2 -3 cups of water or dal water and boil till it froths.

                See a detailed post about tomato rasam here- with step by step pictures)

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