Rasam/ Charu is a compulsory item back home, both in my parents' and in-laws' places. Until a few years back it used to be unavoidable for me too. Of late, lot of changes in eating habits has forced me to get out of this habit but I do make Rasam occasionally. When there is Rasam at the table, we definitely enjoy more so in winter! This recipe is a typical preparation at my in-law's place. The rasam powder is my MIL's specialty. To this day, the taste of rasam my MIL makes is by far the best!

Tomato Rasam

Ingredients - 

Tomato Cubed 1 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Toor Dal 1/3 cup (Optional)
Sugar/Jaggery 2 tsp (or as per taste)
Rasam Powder 2 tsp
Tamarind juice 1 Tbsp (or as per taste)
Water about 4 cups
Coriander leaves for garnish
Seasoning (Oil/Ghee 1 tsp, Jeera/Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves a few, Hing / Asafoetida 1/8 tsp)

Method Of Preparation - 

Boil Tomatoes in about a cup of water and set aside. There are two ways of proceeding next.
1. De-skin the tomatoes and grind the tomatoes. 2. Grind the tomatoes and leaving some as is.

In a heated sauce pan, add oil/ghee and the rest of the ingredients. After the mustard seeds splutter, add the tomato paste. [Another method would be to saute the tomatoes in the seasoning until they are mushy and proceed as below.]

Here, if desired, boil toor dal with water and blend and use it to partly substitute water.

Add about 4-5 cups of water and turmeric, salt, rasam powder, sugar/jaggery, tamarind juice and bring the rasam to a boil.

Reduce the flame and let the flavors blend in for about 3-4 min and garnish with coriander leaves. Cover with a lid until ready to serve.

Preparation Time 17-20 min
Makes 4 cups
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, February 16, 2011


  1. aipi Says:
  2. Looks comfy n delicious..

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  3. divya Says:
  4. looks very colorful and yummy with rice and papad..

  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. Comforting! My mother makes one of the best rasams and it was not a mandatory item for us. We needed our koora + pulusu + perugu. At my husband's place it is entirely different. Koora is not at all compulsory and they need their rasam. I therefore prepare it atleast a few times per week. If I object eating it with rice, my husband drinks it as a soup.

  7. Tomato rasam looks so tangy and soothing. Would like to try it out with rice.

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  8. veena Says:
  9. I love rasam and this looks so comforting

  10. Kurinji Says:
  11. Comforting rasam for this winter...


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  12. Raji Says:
  13. Rasam is always a fav in our lunch time..i too use my MIL's made rasam powder... looks so inviting.

  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Such a comforting rasam,love it with papads..

  16. Archana Says:
  17. looks good.

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. Very comfort food and perfect for winter.I make this almost every day with out charu we can not finish our meal nice post dear.

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