Instant Rasam from Tamil Nadu

May 22, 2020

Contributed by Meenakshi Rajagopalan

An instant Rasam recipe is a good alternative without much hassle. All you need is just finely chopped tomatoes and onions with an authentic rasam powder for a quick Tomato Rasam.


  1. Tomatos 3-4 finely chopped
  2. Rasam powder as per taste.

Ingredients for Tempering/ Tadka

  1. Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  2. Dried Red Chilli 2-3
  3. Jeera 1/2 tbsp
  4. Hing pinch
  5. Garlic 5-6 pods
  6. Oil 3 spoons


  1. Chop the tomatoes finely.
  2. In a kadai/pan do tadka with either ghee or oil.
  3. Splutter mustard seeds, once the splutter settles add dried red chilli, jeera and hing.
  4. Now add tomatoes and garlic sauté for a few minutes.
  5. Add tamarind water..
  6. Now either use rasam powder and salt or add coriander powder, jeera
  7. Garnish with kari patta/ curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  8. Boil well and instant Rasam is ready to be served!

Second Procedure

  1. In a mixie grind tomatoes, red chilli, coriander seeds, jeera, black pepper with salt, haldi, hara dhaniya stems and leaves and a tiny ball of tamarind.
  2. Grind these into a fine paste
  3. In a Kada/ pani, take ghee or oil, add tadka/ tempering
  4. Add the ground paste and add water.
  5. Add a few coriander leaves chopped and kari patta/ curry leaves.
  6. Boil well and Instant Rasam is ready.