Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lemon Rasam

Rasam is common item in all South Indian homes. You can prepare Lemon rasam in a jiffy. It is easy and also delicious. During lemon season I prepare this rasam often. It goes well with hot steaming rice and any vegetable curry or stir fry. Since lemon is used, tamarind is not needed for this rasam.

Lemon Rasam
Ingredients needed

Ripe Tomatoes-2
Toor dal -1/4 cup (Soak it in a cup of warm water)

Rasam Powder -1  1/2 tsp
Ginger -small bit (crushed or finely chopped)
Green chillies -1 (slit it )
Asafoetida -a pinch
Turmeric Powder -1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - few

Fresh Lemon juice -2 tbsp +1 tsp
Coriander leaves - finely chopped for garnishing
Salt as needed

For the seasoning

Ghee -1 tsp
Jeera seeds -1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp


Pressure cook toor dal until soft and mash it well.(you can soak tur dal in a cup of warm water for 20 minutes before cooking to save cooking time and energy)

Take a cup of water, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, rasam powder, green chilli, ginger, hing and curry leaves.

Simmer and boil until the raw flavour goes.(it will take approximately 15 minutes)

Mix cooked toor dal with needed water (1/2 -3/4 cup of water ) and add it to the rasam.

Do not boil rasam too much as it will loose its taste.

Switch off when froth starts forming at the top. Add lemon juice to the rasam and switch it off.

Heat a tsp of ghee and season the rasam with the ingredients for seasoning.

Garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy!.

Note - If you do not have rasam powder, you can use sambar powder also. Find more South Indian Rasam Recipes 


  1. Looks very refreshing...tickling rasam

  2. We tried this lemon rasam yesterday and it turned out sooooooooooo good and the taste was fabulous.I can not thank you enough...I always love & prefer homemade food only but when I came abroad I couldn't do anything and very much upset with the food but we are gifted that we could find your webspace through google and now after trying your recipes I have started liking the food I prepare like anything & now I love & enjoy cooking.
    Even my friends praise me saying that I am a good cook and all the credit goes to you only.Myself and myfriends totally loved all your recipes we have tried sofar from your webspace.Thanks for this lovely recipe.


  3. Hi padhu I tried this recipe but instead of rasam powder I used pepper powder and cumin seeds powder.. Almost OK. But I need more taste and delicious.


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