Friday, May 24, 2013

Rasam - Tangy Peppery Indian Soup (home made rasam podi/powder)

Rasam. Indian Pepper Soup. Our, if you are asking me, our Indian healthy and akin magical soup. Rasam is definitely a popularity in our Indian household (Drumstick Sambar, Indian Mango ChutneyVegan Potato Curry) and of course, in any Indian restaurant (Navratan Korma) for the matter. I have already spoken about rasam before right? In fact, not once? And I have also shared a couple of rasam recipes before (Mor Rasam, Egg Rasam, Indian Crab Rasam, Indian Crab Soup & Instant Rasam)? Usually, me settling for ready made, store bought rasam powder, sometimes I won't mind pounding the spices and for this rasam, I actually made a different standard of rasm powder, aka, rasam podi. Recipe pinched from my mum and rasam powder can be prior made and store, and used as and when we need for a home style cooking rasam. The spicy, tangy (Pavakkai Puli Kulambu) and tadbit of heat from pepper Indian soup (Indian Spiced Salmon, Rice Pilaf & Cucumber Yogurt Salad).

For rasam powder/podi
1 tbsp kadalai paruppu/bengal gram
1 tbsp yellow dhal
1/2 tbsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
3 sprigs curry leaves 
For the rasam (A)
1-2tbps of the rasam powder/podi (as you prefer and keep the balance for the next round by storing in an airtight bottle). 
1 tomato - sliced
5 garlic - crushed (with or without skin)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp tamarind juice/lemon
Salt for taste

For tempering
2-3 dried red chilies - broken
1 tsp black mustard seeds
Coriander leaves - sliced (for garnishing. You can also fry together as well)
2 tbsp of oil

For the rasam powder/podi
Dry fry the ingredients till light brown and to release the aroma (about 3-4 mins)
Remove and blend/process to a smooth powder. 

For the rasam
Add 1-2 tbsp rasam powder and all ingredients listed in A with 1/2 liter of water.
Simmer (do not boil) until heated through.
In another pan, fry the tempering ingredients. 
Tip into rasam, stir and remove from heat. 
Optional - garnish with coriander leaves before serving. 


  1. Interesting hmmm what is rasam
    Mayb I taste it before....

  2. lovely clicks...Very comforting & tasty rasam :)

  3. nothing's as comforting as our rasam...the best of any time

  4. quite a comforting soup,love u r version.

  5. Yet another lovely rasam, or should I say Miracle Soup!!
    I never get bored of rasam either - I'm happy, rasam it is.
    I'm too sad, rasam it is. I'm sick, rasam it is!!
    Love the floating whole red chili, it would have been hot! I have never prepared rasam podi at home, have always got store brought podi. But my Aunt used to make at home, will get that recipe some day and will post it.

  6. Nava love ur way of saying frankly about Mom hee..hee..but see she has the best recipe:)

  7. freshly ground powder gives awesome aroma to the rasam...nice recipe..

  8. I love having a good rasam with my Indian meal. Now that I have a tried and tested recipe from you...I can have rasam in my own house!

  9. All time favorite... Love to have with potato curry

  10. Moms special rasam powder recipe...perfect.Thanks for hijacking the recipe and sharing with us nava :-)

  11. Homemade rasam powder is always best Nava. both me and my daughter loves rasam.

  12. Indeed it is a miracle soup . Delicious and medicinal to open sinus.

  13. I have a recipe of rasam shared by a friend but I find your recipe very promising. I am going to try it very soon. thanks for sharing. My husband loves rasam with papad and i am gonna surprise him soon ;-)

  14. My kind of soup for the summer, i love that fresh grounded spice on this rasam, and i like to serve with nasi putih :)

  15. Tempting & comforting rasam ever.. Loved it Nava :-)

  16. Hello nava..I used to call it as an Indian soup! This is my late father favorite soup as an appetizer ... and we will be served with this dish every time we have a cold ... eat while still hot to sweat!
    It's a miracle soup indeed!

    I just bought a ready made Babas Rasam Podi, will try it soon! thanks for sharing this, Nava...yours look great and mouth watering!

  17. I would love to try this rasam especially with winter kicking in :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. Sounds like a delicious and flavorful soup. I love all kinds of soup, all year round. :)

  19. You are so right about rasam..i am not a soup person but i can drink buckets of rasam ...okay i am little exaggerating by using word buckets but i do love rasam..:)..your pic is so tempting..feeling hungry now..

  20. I love Rasam too..:-) rice, rasam and some pickles is all I need :-)YUM.. Thank you Nava for sharing

  21. Good post..will ask my wife to try this...rasam her favourite choice....

  22. Your rasam looks tempting, Nava..

  23. The smell and taste must be amazing.

  24. Oh great!!!! Always best to make one at home

  25. Yours looks tempting for a rainy day as such navaneetham


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