Tomato Rasam

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A popular South Indian dish served with hot steamed rice.

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

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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pranita deshpande September 4, 2017 - 5:57 pm

We are making dal from it , nice soup.

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ramakrishnan October 23, 2010 - 2:02 am


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dipu das September 1, 2009 - 10:11 am


5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

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