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Kongunad Style Tomato Rasam

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Recipe for South Indian, Tamilnadu, Kongunad Style Tomato Rasam. Made with home made Rasam powder from scratch, garlic, cumin and pepper. Thakkali Rasam.

  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x



For Rasam Powder

  • 4 fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pepper corn
  • 2 teaspoon toor dal
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 curry leaves

Other Rasam powder Ingredients (Add while grinding)

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafoetida

For Tamarind Pulp

  • gooseberry size Tamarind
  • 1 cup water

For Tomato Puree

  • 3 medium size ripe country tomatoes

For tempering

  • 1 tablespoon sesame/gingely oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 34 stalks chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt


For the Rasam Powder

  1. Add in all the rasam powder ingredients except turmeric and asafoetida to a heavy bottomed pan. No need to peel the garlic. Have the skin on. Dry roast it on a low flame until all the spices and pulses are nice and golden. Remove off heat and let it cool.
  2. Add in the dry roasted spices along with the turmeric and asafoetida to a spice grinder / mixie and grind it to a very fine powder. Set aside.

Other Prep Work

  1. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes. Sqeeze the tamarind to extract all the juices. Strain the liquid to get rid of the tamarind seeds and the hard flesh. Set the tamarind juice / pulp aside.
  2. Boil some hot water and drop in the tomatoes and let it boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove off heat and drain. Peel the skin and grind the de-skinned tomatoes to a puree. Set aside.

Tempering Rasam

  1. Heat sesame oil / gingely oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and the curry leaves. Let it splutter. Add in the tamarind extract and the tomato puree. Add one cup water. Let it all come to a roaring boil.
  2. Add in the rasam powder and salt. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and add in the ghee and coriander leaves.
  3. Tomato Rasam is ready. Serve hot with rice or have it as a soup.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Rasam
  • Cuisine: South Indian, Tamilnadu
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