Toor dal – 1/4 cup

Water – 2 cups

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Tomatoes – 2 cubed

Water – 4 cups + 1 cup

Tamarind – a small lime size

Water – 1/2 cup

Rasam powder – 2 tsp

Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – to taste

Juice of half a lime

Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp chopped

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1 tsp

Garlic – 2 tbsp crushed

Dry red chillies – 2 broken, seeds removed

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs


Pressure cook toor dal with turmeric powder and 2 cups of water for 8 minutes.  Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup of water.    Cook tomatoes in 4 cups of water on a medium flame till they are very soft.  Mash the tomatoes with a ladle and add tamarind water.  Mash the cooked dal and add to the tomatoes.  Dry roast rasam powder and pepper powder till aroma comes out.  Add this to the tomatoes.  Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.  Switch off the flame and add lime juice and coriander leaves.  Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds.  Add garlic and then curry leaves and dry red chillies.  Pour this over the ‘Rasam’ and mix well.  Keep covered for 15 minutes.  Serve tasty ‘Rasam’ with steamed rice, poriyal and pappad.  You can also have it as a soup during winter or when you are sick.  Cheers!

  1. Wat a comforting food, would survive just with rasam for many days..

  2. Love rasam and hot rice with pickel, looks so yumm slurp 🙂

  3. Hello Lissie Auntie,

    I was checking your site almost everyday for the past one week.. was sure today or tomorrow you will put in a new recipe.. never was an expert in preparing rasam, now that you have given the recipe, am sure my hubby will love it as always is the case with your recipes.. I prepared brinjal and tomato stir fry for the first time today, my hubby doesn’t like brinjals, but he along with my colleagues who are not big fans of brinjals liked it very much.. Thanks for sharing, will prepare rasam and let you know the outcome..

    Auntie, do you have the recipe for butter chicken?


  4. Hello from Malaysia!! 🙂

    Your page is so lovely and yummylicious ya! Gonna take a tour in now…

    Just love rasam all the time…never tried with dhal though. Your version looks super delicious! 😀

  5. Looks tempting Chechi..This is my comfort food..still i crave for my ammas rasam..

  6. Hi Priya,

    Thank you for trying out ‘Brinjal and Tomato Stir-fry’! Hope you will like my ‘Rasam’ too.. I do have a recipe for ‘Butter Chicken’…will post it soon 🙂


  7. Rasam looks delicious.