Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tomato Rasam Recipe - Kerala Style Rasam

Tomato Rasam Recipe
Tomato Rasam Recipe with easy instant rasam powder that sounds cool right?! I was looking for a Kerala style rasam recipe and this recipe was apt.I loved the fact that this uses instant rasam powder and the flavour was soo good different from our usual rasam recipes.The coconut oil tempering was so good in this rasam, I had this in drafts so thought to post it today.I will post another version of tomato rasam later.
Tomato Rasam Recipe

Tomato Rasam Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian| Reference : NisaHomey

Tomato - 2 small
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Cooked Toor Dal - 1 heaped tsp(optional)
Kashmiri Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind - small lemon size soaked in water
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - to garnish
Salt - to taste

To grind coarsely:

Coriander seeds - 1.5 tsp
Whole black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic - 3 cloves roughly chopped
Jeera - 1/2 tsp

To temper:

Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - a pinch
Whole Red Chillies - 2
Curry Leaves - a small sprig


  1. Dry roast garlic,ginger,pepper,coriander seeds till nice aroma rises.Then coarsely grind it in a blender,Set aside.Tomato Rasam Recipe - Step1
  2. Chop 2 small tomatoes.Transfer it to a kadai, crush tomatoes with your hands, add 1/2 cup water along with turmeric and red chilli powder.Let it boil in sim for 5mins till raw smell leaves.Add required salt.Tomato Rasam Recipe - Step2
  3. Once tomatoes turn mushy and raw smell completely leaves, add hing.Then add the pepper jeera mixture and let it boil for 3mins.Then add tamarind water.Tomato Rasam Recipe - Step3
  4. Add 1 cup water(adjust water according to the thickness).Boil for a good 5-7mins until raw smell leaves.It will start to froth.Tomato Rasam Recipe - Step4
  5. Add dal and let it froth.Meanwhile in a tadka pan heat coconut oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Add the tadka to the rasam.Finally garnish with generous sprinkle of coriander leaves and switch off.Tomato Rasam Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with rice and papad...yummm!!
Tomato Rasam Recipe

My Notes:

  • Don't let rasam boil for more time which will spoil the taste.In specific after dal is added do not boil more.
  • Adding dal is purely optional but gives more flavour.I used one bangalore tomato and one country tomato.Country tomato gives a tangy taste to the rasam.
Tomato Rasam Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. rasam looks fabulous lovely pictures

  2. sharmilee at what stage should salt be added? I made the rasam as per your recipe and at last realised that there was no salt


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