Saturday, December 17, 2016

Poondu Thakkali Rasam/Garlic Tomato Rasam

Rasam (Pineapple RasamPepper Garlic Rasam). I can talk and talk about rasam till the cows come home. Believe me because, like I have coughed out many a times, rasam is our favourite (Rasam - Home Made Rasam Powder). In fact, at least twice a week and these days, instead of making twice, I make once a week and store in the fridge. Why not? Who told you, you can't store rasam in the fridge for a few days? After all, rasam is meatless (Nandu Rasam) and its all about spices and the rest of the customary ingredients? Also, how different can a rasam be? Unless of course, you want to take rasam to sky level by coining the various types. Not me though. Enough (Mor Rasam, Egg Rasam & Instant Rasam). Enough of even taking my cooking to a higher level and rasam which is in my fridge, oh, I actually freeze in smaller portions, is then brought out for warming up for our next meal. Thereafter, I just do the topping. Topping like frying fish or making a stir fry veggie, and our meal is ready. Poondu Thakkali Rasam/Garlic Tomato Rasam. I suppose the nearest door to another version. Of course, we don't compromise on its quintessential tastes. Sourness, and tadbit of heat, and rasam definitely is our healthy, nutritious and nourishing to our body Indian soup.

2 medium size plump tomatoes - chopped
10 smashed garlic (without skin)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Crushed black pepper - as needed
Some coriander leaves - sliced
Some curry leaves
Tamarind/assam juice - as needed
Salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Water - more or less 2 litres (or as you like)

Heat oil.
Add mustard seeds, garlic, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and tomato.
Stir and cook till mushy over low heat, just to bind the ingredients together.
Pour water, season with salt and tamarind juice.
Stir and let it heat through.
Do not over-boil, just heat through.
Off the heat and combine in black pepper, coriander leaves and curry leaves.


  1. Looks lovely n heartwarming... I am very find of Rasam... the kamala restaurant chain here serve it with mini idly...yum...

  2. Looks delicious, healthy yet comforting!

  3. delicious.I love to take this with hot rice..

  4. looks so good .comforting and yummy rasam

  5. this rasam is a good combo with Parippu vada. Tempting Pic

  6. Wow perfect for the winter . Love it Nava

  7. Love the colourful treat! Have a wonderful week, dear! xoxo

  8. Slurpilicious. I love garlic in any form.

  9. I blend the tomatoes into paste while making this rasam.

  10. I have never ever tried making rasam .. m trying this for sure.. very yummy

  11. Priya @asmallbite
    Simple and always a comfort food.

  12. That's a wonderful combination of tomato and garlic! Really loving this!


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