Rasam - what a delightful tangy soup it is!! It is widely known to be consumed to get relief from nasal congestion. But in many other families (count our family in ) it is an everyday affair to have rasam along with our lunch and/or dinner. 

I love rasam in all its varieties. Be it Lemon Rasam, Pepper Rasam, Tomato Rasam or this Pineapple Rasam with a tropical twist!! Actually I was inspired to try this pineapple variation when Suma of Veggiplatter sent this as an entry to my event 'Design A Menu - 3' and I read the same again in Raghavan Iyer's '660 Curries'. I have slightly modified the recipe to suit our palate (addition of Tomatoes and the Rasam Powder itself) . This Rasam sure qualifies to be on our favorites list. Check out the amazing blend of flavors!!

Pineapple Rasam

Ingredients -

Pineapple, cubed 1 cup
Tomato, chopped 1/2 cup
Toor Dal 1/4 cup
Rasam Powder 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro (Coriander leaves), finely chopped 3-4 Tbsp
Seasoning (Ghee 1 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few, Asafoetida 1/2 tsp)
Lemon Juice or tamarind extract as needed

Pineapple Rasam

Method Of Preparation -

In a sauce pan, boil 2 cups of water along with the pineapple cubes, rasam powder, salt, turmeric and coriander leaves.

Meanwhile pressure cook toor dal and puree the dal.

After the pineapple cubes are partially cooked, add chopped tomato and let them cook too. (I pureed half the tomato cubes and added it to the simmering rasam).

Add the pureed dal to the simmering rasam.

In a small heated pan, add ghee, mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves few and asafoetida. 

Transfer this seasoning to the simmering rasam, cover with a lid and remove from fire.

Pineapple Rasam

Serve over hot steaming rice and enjoy the unique pineapple flavor in rasam!
Now for an interesting tip to clean your stove tops, counters and greasy pans..

My stove is one of the most abused appliance in my kitchen. It often gets messy, greasy, splashed with dal/sambar and the list is sometimes embarrassing :) I hope you share similar splashes and grease in your kitchen as well. So before pulling out the 'chemical' cleaners to clean up the mess, try using this natural cleaner..

Sprinkle some salt on a juiced lemon half and rub on the greasy areas, wipe with a towel and bid good bye to the mess!! And feel good about efficiently using a lemon!! Eco-friendly cleaner, my friends!! 

Let me know if this tip works for you, it sure works for me. (But keep in mind that some marble counter tops might be sensitive to the acid in the lemon).
Linking this tangy rasam to Aipi and Priya's 'Bookmarked Recipes'.

Preparation Time 20-25 min
Serves 4-5 Servings
Posted by Harini on Tuesday, August 9, 2011



  2. Unknown Says:
  3. wow never heard of pineapple rasam....very new and innovative....


  4. divya Says:
  5. superb...Tempting clicks..

  6. Shanavi Says:
  7. delectable Harini..Thanx for the tip too

  8. Radhika Says:
  9. Yumm.. it is one of my very very favorite. i simply love the flavor and empty it in a time. Love the tip. I also use left out shampoo drops in sachets to counter oil grease. leaves a refreshing smell too.

  10. Archana Says:
  11. Superb! Love it! Thanks for the tip.

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  12. jolly good it looks- nice n tangy !

  13. drooling rasam..yummm.

  14. Vardhini Says:
  15. Love rasam anytime. Thx for the tip.

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  16. wow tangy n yummy rasam shd def try it ..

  17. jayasree Says:
  18. Delicious rasam. Lovely click. I find very difficult to get neat pictures of liquid gravies like rasam.

  19. I've been looking for this Pineapple rasam recipe for quite some time now...Bookmarking yours..Nice tip

  20. Prathima Rao Says:
  21. Tongue tickling rasam!! And thx a ton for tht handy tip!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  22. soujanya Says:
  23. rasam looks delicious....different one..

  24. Padmajha Says:
  25. I too love all kinds of rasam. Though I have heard about this one, never prepared it. The clicks are so tempting Harini. Bookmarked :)

  26. Elaichii Says:
  27. This rasam is my favorite too!

  28. Sobha Shyam Says:
  29. wow, wonderful rasam recipe, very flavourful n delicious, thanx for the tip :)

  30. Unknown Says:
  31. That sounds delicious...

  32. Anonymous Says:
  33. Pineapple will definitely bring lots of fruity flavours in rasam, though I have never tried it, but after seeing your lovley dish, would like to try it..thnax for dropping by..

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  34. Unknown Says:
  35. Harini, that rasam looks so inviting and mouth watering. Love your tip for grease cleaning too, I too need it :)

    Thanks dear for sending it to for bookmarked event and sorry for getting back so late. But, We have changed rules a bit and please go through them. From now on, re-writing someone's recipe is not allowed and only a link needs to be posted in your post with all the modifications or tweaks you made to the recipe. Or if it is a recipe from book or magazine, please scan and post the recipe page, but don't write the real recipe. Please make appropriate changes to your post with respect to these rules.

  36. I tried this a few days ago and it is so delicious - def. going to be a regular on my menu since I generally buy a pineapple every week in the summer

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