Garlic Rasam – with fresh ground spices

14 May


The  South Indian traditional meal would contain many varieties of food items served in a Banana leaf. The Vegetarian Platter would contain side dishes like Poriyal, Kootu ,varuval(sauted vegetables, veggies with lentils ,fried veggies), Papads (fryums)and a sweet. The first round of main course would start with Rice and Sambhar, the second with Rice and RASAM and the third with Rice and yoghurt. Dessert would be Payasam made with milk.

I cook this traditional meal only in festivals and in some occassions . Rasam is my all time favorite, and it can be made in 15 minutes. I stopped using instant Rasam powder a long back, though it is very easy to make Rasam with instant ready mix, the taste of fresh ground Rasam is uncomparable. Atleast once in a week, I used to make it as everyone in my home loves it. Rasam can be had as a soup or with Rice.


  1. Oil – 1/2 Tsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – 1/2 Tsp
  3. Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  4. Turmeric –  a pinch
  5. Garlic – 5 cloves,  roughly crushed with skin
  6. Tamarind- 1 lemon size,  mix with 1 cup of warm water and make juice of it
  7. Tomato -1  riped, squeeze it in a bowl roughly
  8. Salt for taste
  9. Corriander – 2 strands
  10. Curry leaves – 1 strand

For grinding

  1. Cumin – 1 Tsp
  2. Pepper – 1 Tsp
  3. Green Chilli – 1


1. Heat the oil in a Kadai. Add mustard seeds and let it crackle.

2. Add the crushed garlic and stir it for couple of seconds. Add Asafoetida powder , freshly ground spices and stir for a minute in a low flame.

3. Add the squeezed tomatoes and tamarind water. Add 2 more cups of water, salt, turmeric and let it cook in a medium flame.

4. Once the Rasam starts boiling, switch of the heat and add curry leaves and corriander leaves.

5. Serve it with Rice.

Tip:  Simple garlic Rasam is very good in taste. Add 1/4 cup of cooked dhal, to get a rich taste and to mild the Rasam if it is spicy.


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  1. uma

    May 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    tangy rasam! ur version sounds tasty!

  2. Sushma Mallya

    May 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Love the flavour of garlic in rasam, i love to have it with rice anytime,

  3. SathyaSridhar

    May 14, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I like garlic rasam, nalla hot rice kooda hot rasam apram side la fish fry vechaa satham poeda ma saaptuduven.

  4. Priya

    May 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Real comforting food for me..

  5. Bihari Kabab

    May 31, 2010 at 1:43 am

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