Rasam | How to make Rasam

By Sakshi Khanna  |  8th Jul 2015  |  
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About Rasam Recipe

It is a sour, spicy and hearty South Indian soup, bursting with the flavors of a variety of herbs and spices.

Rasam is a delicious dish which is liked by the people of every age group. Rasam by Sakshi Khanna is a step by step process which is best to understand for the beginners. Rasam is a dish which comes from Kerala cuisine and is very much popular throughout the worldwide This recipe is perfect to serve 4 people. You can find this dish at almost every restaurant and you can also prepare this at your home. It is an easy recipe which doesn't take so much time. This amazing and mouthwatering Rasam takes few minute for the preparation and 40 minute for cooking. The aroma of this Rasam make you more hungry and you couldn't stop yourself from having this. When you want to prepare something very tasty and delicious for any party or special occasion then Rasam will be the best option for you. The flavor of Rasam is unforgettable and you will enjoy each and every bite of this. Try this Rasam at your weekends and impress your family and friends.


Ingredients to make Rasam

  • 1/2 cup Tamarind water
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 Dry red chilies
  • 2 tsp coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 10 curry leaves
  • A pinch or two of asafoetida/Hing
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 6-7 garlic chopped
  • salt to taste

How to make Rasam

  1. Grind cumin seeds, black pepper and garlic to a semi coarse powder.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add dry red chilles, hing and curry leaves on low flame.
  3. Add tomatoes and saute till tomatoes are soft.
  4. Now add the semi coarse spice powder along with turmeric powder. Stir well.
  5. Add the tamarind water with salt and stir.Leave it to boil for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add coriander leaves
  7. Serve Rasam hot with rice/papad.

Looking for a good rasam recipe to try out at home? Well, before you embark on a delightful journey
of trying out this dish at home, there are a few basics that you need to be aware of in order to get it
right and well, to know more about the dish that you will be serving. So, are you ready? Here are
some of the most important and essential facts that one needs to have cleared out at the very
What is Rasam?
Rasam is a dish that is traditionally from South India. Though it is enjoyed throughout the country
today, yet it still remains a speciality in this part of the world. Needless to say if you want to get an
authentic taste of rasam, you have to try out this dish in the south Indian households, and of course,
the street food stalls of South India. Well, rasam is basically a soup, which may or may not be
prepared using lentils. When it comes to making rasam, a tamarind paste is mainly used as the base,
and hence, it always has a tangy flavour. Vegetables too are used to make this soup. If you are craving
for something soothing for your stomach during the summer months, then needless to say, rasam
works wonders. This is generally enjoyed as a side dish along with curd rice or sometimes, idli and
dosa. If you are looking up a how to prepare rasam recipe when making it for the first time, then
you can also try out a recipe of curd rice, so that you can have proper south Indian meal ready at your
Understanding the Difference: Rasam vs Sambhar
If you are not from South India, and if you do not have much idea about South Indian cuisine but are
fond of it, then there is one common misconception that you need to clear out at the very beginning- a
lot of people confuse rasam and sambhar since both of them are soup that are had as side dishes to
typical south Indian meals, but they are not the same thing. So, when you are looking up how to
make rasam recipe step by step, make sure you want to make rasam and not sambhar and vice
versa. For starters, sambhar always has boiled lentils in it and mostly only tomatoes are used as the
vegetables that go in it. However, a rasam may not contain lentils, and it must contain tamarind and
various kinds of vegetables. So, essentially, the two dishes are quite different.
From South India to Your Kitchen
When food travels from one place to another, it undergoes certain changes, though the basic remains
the same. Thus when you have rasam in different parts of the country, they might taste different.
When looking for quick and easy rasam recipes, if you want to keep it authentic make sure that you
look for recipes from south Indian households or established food bloggers. If you are using lentils
when making rasam, do not forget to boil them properly first before mixing it in with the rest of the
Keeping it Healthy
A bowl of rasam is a rather healthy dish to have since it is low in fat and calorie content. When
calculating the nutritional value of rasam recipe, which has been made at home, the calorie content
will not exceed more than 100 and the total fat would amount to 4gms. This is a great dish to enjoy
during the summer months since it aids digestion and helps you in keeping your body cool.
So, if you are looking for a bowl of healthy and tasty south Indian food,then rasam is something that
you have to try out!

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Priya Elizabeth2 years ago

Awesome delicious

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