Onion Rasam

From the traditional Poornam Charu which I posted yesterday, let us move on to this totally non-traditional, bachelor friendly Rasam. This is quick and easy and just as lip smacking as any other Rasam. 

My SIL let me on their childhood 'secret' recipe. Apparently, my husband's older siblings used to make this rasam when my MIL was not in sight. This used to be more of an afternoon snack when there would be some leftover rice. I am not sure if my MIL was aware of her kids sneaking into the kitchen just to experience the thrill of having made something so tasty for themselves. :)

I personally dislike the after taste of raw onions in my mouth. But my SIL convinced me to make this rasam upon the insistence of S. Now with that kind of lobbying, I couldn't resist. But when I made this and was forced to taste it, I just got addicted to it. [I had to brush and rinse my mouth to get rid of the onion after taste and smell is a different matter altogether!! :)]. Needless to say S got so very nostalgic about this Rasam. 

Check it out this addictive Onion Rasam for Day 2 of BM 13.

Ingredients -  

Tamarind lime sized
Onions finely chopped 1/2 cup
Rasam Powder 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Sugar/Grated Jaggery 2 tsp (or as needed)
Coriander Leaves finely chopped as needed

Seasoning (Ghee/Oil 1 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafoetida a pinch, Curry leaves few)

Onion Rasam

Method Of Preparation -

In a cup of water, boil the tamarind and remove from fire. Upon cooling, add more water, extract the tamarind water and discard the pith.

In a bowl, add the tamarind water, onions, rasam powder, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and sugar. Mix until well blended.

Add some more water and adjust the taste as needed.

Mix in the chopped coriander leaves. The above Rasam need not be boiled or heated. 

Prepare the seasoning by heating a teaspoon of ghee or oil, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.  

After the mustard seeds pop, remove and transfer the seasoning into the prepared rasam.

Serve it with Rice and enjoy !

Preparation Time 10 min
Makes about 2 cups
Posted by Harini on Friday, February 17, 2012


  1. this is absolutely new to my ears, lovely recipe and clicks

  2. veena Says:
  3. very new to me....looks great harini!Will try it out

  4. Archana Says:
  5. Hey this is very new to me. Looks terrific.

  6. preeti garg Says:
  7. Awesome recipe

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  8. Srivalli Says:
  9. My colleague used to tell me about an onion rasam she makes..never got around making it though..looks good..

  10. Aarthi Says:
  11. This looks awesome and yummy


  12. vidhas Says:
  13. Without boiing rasam , new to me. nice clicks harini.

  14. Suma Gandlur Says:
  15. Looks like a good one for onion lovers. :)

  16. Usha Says:
  17. This rasam is similar to pachi pulusu. But we do not boil tamarind to extract the juice. And no rasam powder. Your version also must have tasted great and I love the onions in this rasam.

  18. Hema Says:
  19. Wow, this is totally new, can't wait to try it out..

  20. Rasi Says:
  21. Never heard of this.. its super easy too.. Good one haring & great pics :)

  22. never heard of this rasam.It is surely worth the try.

  23. Very interesting rasam recipe...

  24. A different way of rasam harini. Sounds good

  25. sushma Says:
  26. NIce rasam....somewhat similar to pachi pulusu

  27. Fairy Garden Says:
  28. Superb rasam, the taste would be very good. Have tasted it.

  29. Rujuta Says:
  30. This is very different recipe.. Nice click

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