Tomato Rasam

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A popular South Indian dish served with hot steamed rice.
Tomato Rasam

Tomato Rasam or Thakkali Rasam is a most popular and traditional South Indian dish. A spicy and tangy comfort food, it is typically served with hot steamed rice and a poriyal (side dish) of choice, it is also served as a soup especially when you are suffering from cold. Tomato Rasam is also good for digestion.

Tomato Rasam

Tomato Rasam
5 from 1 vote

Tomato Rasam Recipe

A popular South Indian dish served with hot steamed rice.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: South Indian

Ingredients for Tomato Rasam

  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 5 to 6 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cup Tamarind Water
  • a pinch Turmeric Powder
  • 3 tsp Rasam Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Red Chilli large
  • a pinch Asafoetida Powder
  • 2 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • small handful Curry Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves to garnish
  • Salt as per taste


  • 1 inch Ginger peeled, finely chopped

How to make Tomato Rasam

  • Rinse and wash the dal.
  • Pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles and switch off the flame.
  • When the pressure reduces, mash the dal well and keep aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the mustard seeds and fry for 10 seconds.
  • Add the cumin seeds, red chilli, asafoetida powder, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves.
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Add the tamarind water, turmeric powder, rasam powder and salt.
  • Mix well and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add the cooked and mashed dal.
  • Pour 2 1/2 to 3 cups of water and bring to a gentle boil.
  • When the foam starts forming on top, switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Avoid boiling the rasam for too long as it will loose its flavour and taste.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


pranita deshpande September 4, 2017 - 5:57 pm

We are making dal from it , nice soup.

ramakrishnan October 23, 2010 - 2:02 am


dipu das September 1, 2009 - 10:11 am



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