Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Instant Tomato Rasam-Easy Rasam Recipe

Rasam is an integral part of South Indian meals. This is a very simple rasam prepared with tomatoes, whole black pepper and cumin seeds. It does not require tamarind. When I feel lazy to cook, I mostly prepare this instant tomato rasam and a simple vegetable stir fry to go along with it. This rasam can also be had as a soup. It is not only tasty but also soothing when suffering from cold or fever.

Instant Tomato Rasam-thakkali rasam

Easy-Quick-Instant South Indian Rasam- (avasara rasam)

Instant Tomato rasam

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRasam-Soup Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Ripe tomatoes -2-3
   Whole black pepper - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - few

   For the seasoning

   Ghee - 1 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Curry leaves - few

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves - finely chopped


Dry grind pepper and jeera coarsely and keep it aside.This is the rasam powder for this recipe.


Boil tomatoes in water for 3-4 minutes (just enough water to cover the tomatoes). Switch off the flame and keep it closed for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove the skin and mash the tomatoes well.

Add the ground rasam powder, few curry leaves, salt needed and let it boil for about 5 minutes.

How to prepare Rasam-Quick rasam

Then add 1 1/2 cup of water and switch off the flame once froth starts forming at the top.(see pic)

Heat a tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves and pour it over the rasam.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.


You can powder equal quantities of black pepper and jeera/cumin seeds in advance and store it in an airtight container. Use 1 tbsp (flat) of that powder to prepare this rasam.

You can add 2-3 crushed garlic for more flavor along with the rasam powder if preferred.

Tips for preparing a good rasam (for beginners)

Always boil rasam on low flame.

Switch off, once rasam becomes frothy at the top. Do not boil after that as it will not taste good.

Adding curry leaves and coriander leaves makes it more flavorful.

Do not avoid seasoning.

Find a long list of South Indian Rasam Recipes

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  1. You prepared a healthy dish in a jiffy, nice rasam.

  2. slurp..slurp..looks lip smacking & spicy & tangy!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. Never thought you can make rasam without tamarind..interesting!

  4. Rasam my alltime favorite..easy to prepare..thanks for sharing

  5. One of my favourite food,comforting definitely.

  6. looks absolutely fabulous..:)

  7. Yummy and tempting rasam...Presentation is wonderful...

  8. Thank you so much for this recipe. It was detailed, easy n the end result seeems yummmmm even for a kitchen-disaster like me. Thank u :)

  9. I tried this instant rasam recipe and can hardly believe how easy and tasty it is! My husband loves it. This is a great addition to my rasam repertoire (rasam is my most favorite dish).

    Thank you Padhu, I have cooked many items from your site. It is the best!

  10. Padhu
    I made this instant Rasam and surpised my Tamil daughter-in-law. Great, easy stuff. Thanks

  11. It is such a delight to go through your blog, so organized and welcoming it is :).
    Your blog is my go to guide every evening while cooking... :)..

    Keep the recipes coming..


  12. Hi Psdhu,

    You really have made my life easy with all the simple cooking. I made it and it was too good. You are a life saver. I keeping searching for your recipes as it is very easy to make and tasty too.

  13. Hi Padhu,

    enjoyed the rasam with my friends . ( first time doing rasam )

  14. Hi Padhu

    The dishes are awesome and simple to make... Being a newbie to cooking,it helps me a lot..


  15. hi ..made the above recipient for 6 Ppl .it was very easy to prepare n tasty too..thank you.. !

  16. I made this just now for lunch. It was incredibly quick to prepare, and tastes so comforting and yummy! Thank you, Padhu!

  17. Made it today.. very yummy. My rasam go to recipe is sorted.thanks

  18. That's really simple - isn't asafoetida a must for rasam?

    1. Not necessary but if you want to add, you can add.

  19. I tried this rasam today and it was great!! A recipe to bookmark :)

  20. Simple , easy to make and very tasty rasam. Thanks for the recipe.


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