Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tomato Rasam-Thakkali Rasam

Rasam is a South Indian soup which can be had with rice or as a soup. South Indian meals are incomplete without rasam. It forms the second main course in the Traditional South Indian menu. Today let learn how to make tomato rasam using our easy Tomato Rasam recipe-

Tomato Rasam-Thakkali rasam
How to prepare Tomato (thakkali) Rasam (South Indian Style)

Ingredients needed

Tomatoes (ripe ones)-3
Tur dal - 1/4 cup
Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Rasam powder - 1 1/2 tsp (available ready made also)

Ghee -2 tsp
Mustard -1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds /Jeera-3/4 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Red chilli - 1
Green chilli -1 slitted
Garlic -2 cloves finely chopped (optional)
Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
Curry leaves- few

Coriander leaves for garnishing

How to make rasam


Soak dal for 15 minutes (to reduce cooking time) and pressure cook for 3 whistles.Mash it well and keep it aside. Do not add too much water while cooking dal.

Soak tamarind in warm water and extract its juice (1 cup). Throw the pulp.


Heat 2 tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add jeera seeds, red chilli (break it), hing, green chilli, garlic, ginger, curry leaves and tomatoes.

Saute for a few minutes, then add tamarind water, turmeric powder, salt needed and rasam powder.

Simmer and let it boil for 10 minutes till the raw smell of the tamarind goes. (pic -3)

Then add the cooked tur dal along with 1 1/2 cups of water. When froth starts forming on the top, switch off the flame. (picture-4) .Do not boil the rasam.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot rice or have it as a soup.

Note - In case you run out of rasam powder, you can do this with sambar powder also.

More South Indian Rasam varieties - (Tamil style)

Paruppu Rasam

Mysore Rasam

Lemon Rasam

Jeera Rasam

Garlic rasam

Pineapple Rasam

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. An appetizing bowl of rasam...nicely presented

  2. simple and comforting food. love tohave this any time

  3. This is my comfort food and your presented it so nicely.

  4. Super delicious rasam, looks so flavorful and tempting.

  5. a comfort food indeed. so nicely presented.

  6. Comfort food,tangy and delicious rasam

  7. Nice presentation...yummy tomato rasam is always my favorite..

  8. Wow..that looks really delicious...Thanks for the recipe dear..

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  9. Yummy and comfort food.Nice presentation.

  10. looks so delicious and comforting, perfect for a cold wintery day.

  11. Yumm Tomato Rasam.Luv to have it as soup too.Nice Tomato Carvings and well-presented.

  12. Lovely tangy rasam.. saadham appalam ... arumaiyaana combination..:)

  13. Lip smacking & appetizing rasam!! I know some who can live on just rice & rasam for days!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. Thanks alot....

    Nicely presented....


  15. nice,appetizing&tasty...
    where did u get those cooking pots?
    I really like them

  16. We tried this rasam yesterday,it turned out delicious ,what a taste,superb!
    Amma makes tomato rasam often ,this morning I told her on phone that I can make more tastier tomato rasam than her.Rasam powder which I made recently from your website,it brings lots of flavour and taste to the rasam.And your tips like "Boiling rasam in low flame gives good taste" is helping us a lot to improve further in cooking,before that we used to do it in high flame.Because of your website we are having yummy food everyday and we are grateful to you always.we love & enjoy cooking nowadays it's all because of your tasty recipes.May god shower his blessings upon your family and please post more and more yummy recipes .Your creativity is great in all presentations,Hats off to u akka!
    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.



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