Tamarind Rasam

इस व्यंजन को हिन्दी में पढ़ें

Rasam is a very popular South Indian Soup. There are many varieties of Rasam . This recipe of Tamarind rasam comes to you from one of my very dear Mallu friends. Traditionally Tamarind Rasam does not have tomato as an ingredient but to enhance the flavor and maintain the consistency my friend adds tomato and she is my Guru of South Indian delicacies ! So I followed her instructions… You can choose to add tomatoes if you wish to ... I prefer it this way ....

tamarind rasam

(serves 4)

  • Tomato 1 small
  • Tamarind a small ball lime size/ 10 gms
  • Salt 1 tsp or to taste
  • Rasam Powder        1 tbsp
  • Sugar/ Jaggery 1 tsp
  • Oil/ghee 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds  1 tsp
  • Dry red chilly  2
  • Curry leaves 5-6
  • Asafoetida powder 2 pinches
  • Water about 2 ½ cups
  • Chopped coriander leaves to garnish 2 tsp (optional)

Method of preparation

  1. Following are the main ingredients of the Tamarind rasam along with 1 grated tomato.
tamarind rasam
  1. Wash the tamarinds and soak them in 1/4 cup warm water for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the seeds and the fibers of the tamarind. Keep the pulp aside.
  3. Heat oil/ghee in a small pan, add mustard seeds. When seeds pop up , add asafoetida. Now add curry leaf , and whole red chilies. Fry for a few seconds .
tamarind rasam
  1. Now add grated tomato and fry until the tomato paste leaves the oil. Add rasam powder to it and fry for a few seconds.
tamarind rasam
  1. Add water to the fried tomatoes, tamarind paste, and salt and take a boil. After the first boil reduce the heat and let it cook for 8-10 minutes.
tamarind rasam
  1. Add sugar/ jaggery and mix well. Rasam is ready.

Tamarind Rasam is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Some Tips

The original recipe also asks for 3 crushed garlic pods to be added to this preparation. I do not use garlic in my cooking but if you like you can add garlic pods after adding asafoetida.

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