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Pappula Charu

When I tasted this Rasam at a cousin's place over the weekend, I sensed that it was not the usual rasam and inquired. I was zapped to know that it is called Pappula Charu. In the event of not having cooked Toor Dal on hand, roasted gram (Putnala Pappu) makes a fine substitute.

My cousin said they usually avoid adding tamarind in Rasam and use the tomatoes to add the 'sour' element in the rasam. I tried the same when I made this at home, but we thought adding tamarind would better suit our taste. I finally ended up adding lemon juice but still felt the lack of tamarind. Some habits die hard, don't you think? So next time I shall make sure I add the tamarind.

All in all a very good Rasam variation for Day 5 of BM 13.
Ingredients - 

Tomato Cubed 1 cup
Roasted Gram / Putnala Pappu 2 Tbsp (or as needed) 

Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste

Sugar/Jaggery 2 tsp (or as per taste)
Rasam Powder 2 tsp
Tamarind water 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)

Pappula Charu

Method Of Preparation - 
In a heated sauce pan, add oil/ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds splutter, add the chopped tomato.

After the tomato is cooked, make a thin batter of roasted gram powder (I added about 2 Tbsp of roasted gram powder and 4 Tbsp of water) and water and gently add it to the cooked tomatoes while constantly stirring to avoid formation of lumps.

Add about 3-4 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 remove from fire. Garnish with coriander leaves. Cover with a lid until ready to serve it with steaming hot Rice.

Preparation Time 15-20 min
Makes 4 cups
Posted by Harini on Monday, February 20, 2012


  1. lovely innovative rasam

  2. wow this is new for me, lovely

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. Lovely rasam.

    Cuisine Delights

  5. Usha Says:
  6. Interesting, never thought of using putnalu for rasam. Looks delicious!

  7. Aarthi Says:
  8. This looks totally delicious..


  9. Anusha Says:
  10. wow harini wat a way to make rasam looks very nice!! and sounds yummy too

  11. delicious looking rasam

  12. sushma Says:
  13. Pappu charu looks great

  14. Rasi Says:
  15. This is new to me.. didn't know potakadali was a good substitute :)

  16. Prabha Mani Says:
  17. Nice preparation..Looks yum..New version of rasam!!

  18. Sangeetha M Says:
  19. This sounds interesting,never tasted rasam with dalia powder...would love to try this!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  20. Sravs Says:
  21. Quiet new rasam to me !! looks wonderful !!

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  22. veena Says:
  23. This is new to me. Sounds very interesting. will try this!1

  24. Hema Says:
  25. Very new and interesting rasam..

  26. Archana Says:
  27. Interesting never heard abt this one.

  28. vidhas Says:
  29. adding roasted gram is new to me. Looks inviting.

  30. vidhas Says:
  31. adding roasted gram is new to me. Looks inviting.

  32. Suma Gandlur Says:
  33. Interesting.

  34. Srivalli Says:
  35. This is surely interesting..never heard of this..

  36. Interesting idea. Rasam looks so inviting...

  37. Fairy Garden Says:
  38. inviting, innovative superb rasam.

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  39. Rujuta Says:
  40. This is new to me.. Interesting.. Thanks for sharing the recipe..
    Lovely click

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