Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pepper Rasam

For generations we have been making Rasam this simple way. Actually its very easy and hardly takes any time. For every Tamil household, its pretty much a must as a final course. Since my dad hates tamarind, my mom often used to skip this but in my grandmom's place or my K Aunty's place, Rasam is like water; there is no way a day goes by without having Rasam. Even though she was very busy all the time caring for her inlaws, a very demanding son and a super demanding career, she never skipped making Rasam, not even a single day. She used to take a small stone pestle and while coarsely mashing the spices, she used to heat up the pan for making Rasam. In like 5 mins, Rasam is done!!
Rasam aids in digestion. So, if you want you can even drink this steaming hot in a cup. Below Ingredients would serve 2.
Tamarind pulp: 1 tbsp
Water: 3 cups
Tomato: 1 ripe, medium, mashed with hand
Garlic cloves: 3, mashed
Coriander leaves: handful, coarsely chopped
Cumin/jeera powder: 2 tsp (if possible, freshly grounded)
Pepper powder: 1 tsp (if possible, freshly grounded)
Turmeric: just a pinch
Salt: 1 tsp or as needed per your taste

Mix the above all in a bowl one by one and keep aside. At this stage, you can also check if the salt is sufficient and also check if the sourness from tamarind pulp is sufficient.

Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seed: 1 tsp
Jeera/cumin: 1 tsp
Asafitida/hing: a small pinch
Curry eaves: 1 string
Red chilies: 1 broken into 2 pieces

Heat oil in a pot and add mustard seeds and when they start to dance around add cumin seeds, red chili and hing followed by curry leaves. Now add the water mixture you have prepared in the above step.
Reduce the flame to medium and keep an eye on Rasam. Switch off the stove when you see the foam forming in Rasam, about to boil in a minute (Like shown in the picture). The best tasting Rasams are never allowed to boil. Remove the pot from the stove and cover it for about 10. Serve hot with rice, mango pickle and papad...emmmm bliss!


  1. I adore ur Mom's hard work behind this rasam, yeah its a must in Tamil homes...even my Mom toiled around caring for least now we get appreciated through blog, right.

  2. wow what a yummy rasam, i can smell the flavor here...

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  3. Yumm, comforting pepper rasam, prefect for chilled weather, love with papads..

  4. Wow..Rasam looks superb and is healthy and warm too...


  5. So peppery n yummy!!! love rasams!!

  6. Love rasam.It make side dishes yumm.

  7. Very inviting Rasam !!! looks so yummy yummy !!!

  8. Delicious and flavorful this,yummy

  9. Very yummy and inviting rasam. Would love to try this one at home.

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  10. Looks so gorgeous and inviting...

  11. Hi,
    first time here…
    Very flavorful..looks awesome.

  12. Rasam looks super delicious....I love adding pepper to that.

  13. awesome...could smell the flavour here...perfect version Madhu.
    Tasty appetite

  14. yummy and mouthwatering rasam :) tempting and happy to follow ur delicious space :)

  15. First time here....
    Rasam looks perfect and simple. love ur version

    Glad to follow u :)

  16. love this spicy rasam looks wonderful

  17. elated totally seeing this recipe akka!!! really its yummy!!

  18. hmmm...yummy rasam dear...and im totally elated :)

  19. My fav rasam..Bumped in here for the first time....Nice blog with the collection of kool recipes...following u!