Tomato Rasam is a delicious and aromatic South Indian soup made with ripe tomatoes, spices and curry leaves. Rasam is a traditional soup that has been enjoyed by South Indians from time immemorial. Well-known for its health benefits, it increases immunity and helps in detoxifying. This aromatic tomato rasam is not only easy to make but also makes a delicious and comforting side in your meal.

Tomato Rasam has found it’s way into the soup section of many restaurants. It is hot, comforting and really light on your tummy. A glass of rasam when you are down with a cold or cough is so comforting!

Tomato Rasam

Course: MainCuisine: South IndianDifficulty: Easy


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Rasam was developed as a medicinal, healing and health-giving food that had all good tastes.


  • Tamarind – a medium lemon size ball

  • Hot water – ½ cup, for soaking tamarind

  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp

  • Peppercorns – 2 tsp

  • Garlic Cloves – 7-8

  • Cooking Oil

  • Asafoetida/Hing – ¼ tsp

  • Curry Leaves – 10-12

  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp

  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

  • Dry Red Chilli – 2-3, broken

  • Tomato – 1 large or 2 small, chopped

  • Water – 2-2.5 cups

  • Salt – as per taste

  • Pepper Powder – ½ tsp


  • Soak the tamarind in hot water for some time and then squeeze out the water using a sieve.
  • Keep this aside.
  • In a mortar-pestle or in a mixer jar, roughly grind together the cumin seeds, peppercorns and garlic.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.
  • Add the hing and curry leaves and fry for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the turmeric powder and dry red chilli and saute for a few more seconds.
  • To this, add the tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • To this, add the ground cumin-pepper mix and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the strained tamarind pulp along with some salt and let it come to a boil together.
  • Add water and let it all simmer together for a couple of minutes.
  • Finally, add the pepper powder and turn off the heat.
  • Serve rasam hot as a soup or as a side with rice.

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