BM #116 Day 5 -

The next 6 days I will be posting simple everyday thalis which is a regular fare at home. These combinations will probably sound very familiar to many but for some these might serve as meal planners.

Today's meal was Methi Tomato Dal, Tindora Fry, Tomatillo-Bell Pepper Chutney, Garlic Pepper Rasam, Cucumber, Rice and Yogurt. We don't include any dessert for everyday meals unless there is a special need/craving/request :).

Garlic Pepper Rasam is a recent addition to our dining table. I have grown up without being introduced to garlic and it took quite some time for me to adapt to the flavor of garlic. 

Recently at a friend's place we tasted this garlic rasam and my family loved it. So to keep them in good humor I have started making this rasam at home..

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Ingredients - 

Ghee 1/2 tsp
Garlic minced 1 tsp
Tomato chopped 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves handful
Salt, Turmeric and Jaggery as needed
Tamarind water as needed
Pepper Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Seasoning (Ghee 1 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Garlic sliced 2 big cloves, Red Chili 1, Curry leaves few, Asafotida 1/4 tsp)
* About 2 tablespoons of cooked Toor Dal is optional and I rarely add it.

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated saucepan, add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee and minced garlic. Saute for a few seconds until the garlic changes color.

I usually like to crush half of the tomatoes along with coriander leaves to add some body to the rasam. If using toor dal this step can be avoided.

Add the chopped tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Allow the tomatoes to cook well. 

Sprinkle turmeric, salt, jaggery, pepper powder, and cumin powder.

Add the tamarind water and pour about 3 more cups of regular water. Adjust the flavors and let the rasam come to a rolling boil.

After the rasam boils for about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat.

To prepare the seasoning, in a small heated pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. Let the garlic slices change color and get a golden hue. Remove from heat and our the seasoning into the rasam and cover with a lid.

This can be served along with rice or like my husband who likes to slurp it like a soup.

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Preparation Time 20 minutes
Makes 4 cups
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, September 6, 2020


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. I love this garlic pepper rasam Harini. That thali looks so comforting and I am sure everybody would have enjoyed this meal.

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. This is a true representation of everyday thaalis, I would say at least from Andhra point of view. This is how a meal would look like even in my home. I hear from garlic lovers that usage of garlic elevates the rasam flavor. :) And I love that rasam cup and the shot.

  5. For me it was always Idli and dosa that was South Indian . I have learnt about these meals over the years , I find them no frill comfort meals . That bowl of soup is something that I really really like , looks awesome .

  6. rajani Says:
  7. I grew up in a no garlic and almost no onion household too, but my cooking involves quite a lot of garlic. My parents too adapted to this when they started visiting me and my brothers. I love garlic rasam and that whole meal is comfort food for me :-)

  8. Narmadha Says:
  9. Garlic rasam is such a comfort food and always most loved by everyone in our home. Entire platter looks so inviting

  10. Srividhya Says:
  11. Anytime yes for rasam and garlic pepper rasam is so comforting. Simple and comforting spread. Love that chutney as well.

  12. cookwithrenu Says:
  13. I made this rasam once and absolutely loved it. Was just sipping on it hot hot. You are tempting me try again...

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