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A Comfort Food for Any Day – Rasam

2 September 2009 11 Comments


Healthy rasam recipe

Foods which make you feel good and lifts up your mood, is a comfort food. And any food can be nominated for comfort food, be it a piece of cake, a hot cup of coffee or a soothing soup.

From the endless list of healthy foods from South India this soup or Rasam as is called here, tops my list of nutritious meals, next to Steamed PuttuIdlies.

There are countless ways to make this healthy soup such as lemon rasam, garlic rasam, ginger rasam, Mysore rasam and so on. But my favorite is this quick and easy one with very few ingredients to go.



(makes 2 servings)

  • 1 large Tomato
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 7-8 Black Peppercorns (Kali mirch)
  • 1 tsp. Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Tamarind (optional)
  • A pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
  • salt as desired
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp. of thick boiled Pigeon peas (Toor dal)
  • A few sprigs of Curry leaves


Method: Take a big vessel and add 2 cups of water in it. Wash the tomato and crush it inside the water or dice it finely and add in the water. If you like your soup to be a bit tangy and sour add the tamarind, else avoid it.

Crush cumin, coriander and the peppercorns in a pestle. Add this crushed powder to the tomato water.

Add rest of the ingredients except the thick dal and let it boil on medium heat for 15-2o minutes.

Mix 2-3 tsp. of plain water in the thick boiled Pigeon peas or Toor dal and add it to the soup.

Take off the heat and sprinkle fresh coriander leaves.

You can season it with a tsp of oil and 1/2 a tsp of mustard seeds. I normally avoid the same.

Serve hot with plain rice or just enjoy the hot & healthy soup as it is.


  1. This soup Rasam makes a good homemade remedy for cough & cold.
  2. A great appetizer.
  3. Relieves tiredness and strain from a hectic day of work.

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  • Neeta Nagar said:

    very light,tasty & healthy recepie

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    Ah i can eat one bowl of rice with rasam and papad!

  • notyet100 said:

    even i luv rasam…;-)

  • Bhavna Jain said:

    Hey Sanjeeta, thanx for sharing this very useful recipe…loved it…

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    This is my kind of rasam and at our home, mom prepares this clear rasam. Loving the picture, very very tempting. I want to just slurp down the whole bowl right now 🙂

  • Krishnaveni said:

    my fav, rasam, great

  • Bhagyashri said:

    I usually add some crushed garlic and some grated ginger to give it some more punch!!! Yummy..

  • Adelina said:

    Love rasams- and yours made me crave for one right now! I can have them any day- funny enough- but someone called them “the chicken soup of India”. Well, we do not want chicken in it, but surely, it is a comfort food!

  • Radhika said:

    This is my ultimate comfort food. I look forward to have rasam whenever I get tired eating one pot meals

  • chaitrali said:

    thats simple superb….i love rasams….but i dont know y ..i cant prepare them like the one that u get in a typical south indian restaurant…wil try ur recipe now

  • Jyothivalaboju said:

    This is my all time favourite but i never forget to add crushed garlic in the end . This gives a special south indian flavour..:)

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