Tomato Rasam ( south Indian Style)

Tomato Rasam or Thakkali Rasam is a most popular and traditional South Indian dish. A spicy and tangy comfort food, it is typically served with hot steamed rice and a poriyal (side dish) of choice, it is also served as a soup especially when you are suffering from cold. Tomato Rasam is also good for digestion.

Ingredients for Tomato Rasam

  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 5 to 6 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cup Tamarind Water
  • a pinch Turmeric Powder
  • 3 tsp Rasam Powder
  • 1 tblsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Red Chilli large
  • a pinch Asafoetida Powder
  • 2 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • small handful Curry Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves to garnish
  • Salt as per taste


  • 1 inch Ginger peeled, finely chopped

How to make Tomato Rasam

  • Rinse and wash the dal.
  • Pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles and switch off the flame.
  • When the pressure reduces, mash the dal well and keep aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the mustard seeds and fry for 10 seconds.
  • Add the cumin seeds, red chilli, asafoetida powder, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves.
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Add the tamarind water, turmeric powder, rasam powder and salt.
  • Mix well and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add the cooked and mashed dal.
  • Pour 2 1/2 to 3 cups of water and bring to a gentle boil.
  • When the foam starts forming on top, switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with rice.

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