Poornam Charu

Here we are in the 13th edition of Blogging Marathon started by Srivalli. This time, the themes were pretty challenging and I chose to blog about '7 types of Rasam' for the next 7 days starting today. 

The weather for us out here in the Mid-West definitely warrants hot and spicy Rasam to ward off the cold bug, so to say! And today's Rasam has nothing to do with warding off the cold, but is an apt Rasam for a festive day!! 

In our family,  we make some specialty sweets for certain festivals/auspicious occasions made out of Poornam (Chana Dal-Jaggery paste) like Holigalu(Bobbatlu), Kudumulu, Poornam Boorelu to name a few. And inevitably some poornam gets leftover and that poornam makes its way into the Rasam making the Rasam ever so special. 

Trust me the Rasam tastes divine with the addition of the Poornam. So here is Poornam Charu for Day 1 of BM 13

Ingredients - 

Tomato Cubed 1 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Chana dal 1/3 cup (Optional)
Poornam 2-3 Tbsp (See Note)
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)
Note - To prepare the (Poornam) - 
For the quantity of poornam required for this Rasam, we need 2 Tbsp Chana Dal and2 Tbsp grated Jaggery.

Boil Chana Dal on the stove top or the pressure cooker using just enough water, until it is cooked al dente.  Drain the cooked dal and make sure there is no water left. [Use this water in the rasam known as Senaga pappu kattu].

In a heated sauce pan add a few drops of water and transfer the grated jaggery. After the jaggery melts, remove from fire, sieve the jaggery water and set aside.

Grind the boiled Chana dal adding the jaggery water to a thick paste. 
Poornam Charu

Method Of Preparation - 

Boil Tomatoes in about a cup of water and set aside. There are three ways of proceeding next.
1. De-skin the tomatoes and grind the tomatoes. 2. Grind the tomatoes and leaving some as is 3. Just add chopped tomatoes.

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

Here, if desired, boil Chana dal with water and blend and use it to partly substitute water or use the Sesangapappu Kattu if available.

Add about 4-5 cups of water and turmeric, poornam, salt, rasam powder, 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.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#13

Preparation Time 17-20 min (If Poornam is ready :) )
Makes 4 cups
Posted by Harini on Thursday, February 16, 2012


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Looks awesome Harini..looking fwd to all your rasam recipes..:)

  3. preeti garg Says:
  4. Awesome :)....do visit mine in ur free time.

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  5. Unknown Says:
  6. Wow thats a mouth watering rasam recipe Harini. Usualy we make this on ugadi day yummm...

  7. Rasi Says:
  8. Looks so nice :).. have never had this kinda of rasam..

  9. delicious rasam...

  10. Hema Says:
  11. The rasam is totally new, but when do you add the pooranam to the rasam..

  12. Suma Gandlur Says:
  13. Looks wonderful. In our home, I would lick the poornam bowl instead of putting it in rasam. :)

  14. Aarthi Says:
  15. Totally YUMMY


  16. veena Says:
  17. Looks awesome Harini....waiting to see all the other rasam recips

  18. Anonymous Says:
  19. Harini, this rasam seems so unique because of the addition of poornam.Have never had this before. Looks nice...will try sometime!

  20. lovely rasam

  21. Sangeetha M Says:
  22. wow...superb rasam, new to me...never tries this before...looks truly inviting...bookmarking it to try!!
    thanks for sharing...
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  23. Looks delicious Harini

  24. looking awesome tempting

  25. Never heard of adding poornam to rasam. It looks so inviting...

  26. divya Says:
  27. Luvly clicks!!!
    soo tempting....looks adorable..

  28. Unknown Says:
  29. wow very new and interesting!

  30. Rekha shoban Says:
  31. very innovative rasam!

  32. khushi Says:
  33. hi Harini...got to know about ur blog through blog hopping.....and the first recipe that i can see here is this excellent rasam....it sounds super delicious...glad to follow u

  34. wow looks very yummy..

  35. Fairy Garden Says:
  36. superb rasam where the flavour is stolen by poornam.

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  37. vidhas Says:
  38. New recipe to me, love to drink it now.

  39. Archana Says:
  40. awesome.

  41. Rujuta Says:
  42. Lovely recipe and click

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