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Mysore Rasam

Mysore Rasam

Mysore Rasam is commonly prepared in many South Indian homes. It is very flavorful as it is prepared using freshly ground spices. Normally it is taken with hot rice. It can also be had as a soup. It is a very good appetizer. This rasam is one of my favorite rasam. Today we will learn how to make Mysore Rasam following this easy recipe.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 cups


  • 2 Tomatoes ripe ones
  • 1/4 cup Tur dal
  • Tamarind small gooseberry size
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • Curry leaves a sprig
  • Salt to taste

Roast and Grind

  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp Bengal gram Dal (kadalai paruppu)
  • 1/2 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 1 Red chillies or as needed
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut

For the seasoning

  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Curry leaves few

For Garnishing

  • Coriander leaves finely chopped


  1. Soak tamarind in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes, extract the juice and discard the pulp.

  2. Soak dal in hot water (appoximately 3/4-1 cup) for 15-20 minutes before cooking. It saves a lot of time and fuel. Pressure cook dal until soft and mash it well.

  3. Fry the ingredients mentioned under "roast and grind" in a little ghee, add grated coconut in the end and fry a little.

  4. Grind everything together to a fine paste adding little water or you can even powder it without adding water.

Method to prepare Mysore Rasam

  1. Take tamarind extract, add 2 chopped tomatoes, curry leaves, turmeric powder, a pinch of hing and salt needed.

  2. Boil on low heat until it reduces and the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

  3. Then add the ground paste, cooked tur dal and needed water. Switch off when it becomes frothy. Do not boil the rasam as it will spoil the taste.

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

  5. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

  6. Serve hot with cooked rice and any vegetable curry or stir fry.