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Easy Rasam Recipe (With No Rasam Powder)

Authentic south Indian rasam recipe without rasam powder!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine andhra, Indian
Servings 3 People
Calories 140 kcal


  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 Soaked Tamarind pods
  • 1 inch Fresh coconut piece
  • 1/2 inch Ginger piece
  • 3 pods Garlic pods 
  • 6 Red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Pepper corns
  • 1 tsp Yellow lentils

For tempering:

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 Red chillies
  • Few twigs Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida

Other ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Fresh coriander  Finely chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric 


  • Soak the yellow lentils in some water and keep aside.
  • Dry roast cumin, coriander, red chillies, and peppercorns. Let it cool.
  • In a mixer jar, take chopped tomatoes, tamarind, yellow lentils, ginger, garlic, and sufficient water. Blend to a fine paste.
  • To it, add coriander, cumin, and peppercorns, coconut and red chilies and blend. We want all these dry ingredients to be coarsely ground and not finely blended.
  • In a thick bottomed vessel, heat some oil.
  • Add cumin, mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the red chillies and the curry leaves and sauté. Add asafoetida.
  • To this, add the blended paste. Mix well and cook for 5 mins.
  • Add salt and turmeric.
  • Now, add 300 ml of water to this and let it boil. Check the consistency and add some more water if needed.
  • Add the finely chopped coriander once the rasam starts boiling.
  • Boil for 15 mins on a slow flame.
  • Check the seasoning before turning off and adjust it by adding salt.


 * This easiest rasam recipe can be modified as per one’s taste, for example, if you do not want to blend the tomatoes, you can cook them in oil before adding the paste.
** The consistency is one thing to be taken care of and that decides the taste of this rasam.
Keyword andhra rasam, pepper rasam, rasam powder, tamarind rasam, tomato rasam