Rasam recipe without rasam powder

Rasam recipe – This is an integral part of the South Indian meal. It is not complete without a bowl of rasam on side.

Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

This South Indian rasam is

  • Made without rasam powder and without dal
  • Tangy, hot and spicy with perfect flavors
  • Good to have it when you are feeling cold or having sore throats.
  • Good for easy digestion

The main flavor ingredient for making it PERFECT is tamarind. It adds the needed sourness to the dish.

There are many different variations in making rasam recipe. The one I have shared today is the easiest one that you cannot go wrong with it.

At home, I occasionally make rasam since we both are loving different verities. Now the weather starts to get chilly, I enjoy it a cup of it as such in the morning.

Lately, hubby is enjoying a bowl of it with quinoa. Yes he replaced the rice with cooked quinoa and he said it was the BEST.

Check out other Rasam Recipes
Dal rasam // Tomato rasam


How to make rasam recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) First take tamarind in a bowl and add hot water in that. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes.

2) Then squeeze and extract the pulp. Strain the mixture.
Soak tamarind in warm water and then extract the pulp

3) While the tamarind is soaking, Using mortar and pestle, make the powder from black peppercorns and cumin seeds.

4) Alternately you can use the spice grinder.
Crush the pepper and cumin

5) Now take tamarind water in a pan.

6) Add sliced onions, crushed tomato, green chili and chopped coriander leaves.
Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

7) Also add salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and above prepared pepper-cumin powder.

8) Add another 2-3 cups of water and turn the heat on medium. Adjust the water as per the sourness of your tamarind. So taste the tamarind water and if it is too sour then add more water, if less sour then add less water. So adjust accordingly.
Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

9) Let it come to a boil and then simmer for 5-6 minutes. NEVER simmer for longer period of time. It should be simmered just till the rawness of tamarind goes away. By that time, onions will get soften.

10) Now heat the oil in a small tadka pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them pop.
Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

11) Then add cumin seeds, let them sizzle a bit.

12) Now add dried red chilies and curry leaves. Saute for 40-50 seconds.Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

13) Immediately add to the rasam.

14) Right away close with the lid. Let it rest covered for 5 minutes. After the resting time it is ready to serve.
Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

If serving alone, then I would recommend to strain it and drink only water part. If serving with rice then no need to strain it.

Serving suggestion: Serve along with your south Indian meal. It can be served alone or served with plain steamed rice.

Rasam recipe (How to make rasam recipe without rasam powder)

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Rasam recipe without rasam powder

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Calories 79 kcal
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

Make powder:

  • ¼ teaspoon Black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds

For rasam recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon Tamarind **or 2-3 teaspoons ready-made tamarind paste dissolved in water.
  • 1 cup Water (Boiling hot) to soak tamarind
  • ¼ cup Onion sliced
  • 1 Green chili slit
  • 1 medium or ¾ cup Tomato roughly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • teaspoon Red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups Water

For tempering (tadka):

  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 Dried red chilies
  • 6-7 Curry leaves

Instructions

Making tamarind water:

  1. First take tamarind in a bowl and add hot water in that.
  2. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Then squeeze and extract the pulp. Strain the mixture.

Make spice powder:

  1. Using mortar and pestle, make the powder from black peppercorns and cumin seeds.
  2. Alternately you can use the spice grinder.

Making rasam recipe:

  1. Now take tamarind water in a pan.
  2. Add sliced onions, crushed tomato, green chili and chopped coriander leaves.
  3. Also add salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and above prepared pepper-cumin powder.
  4. Add another 3 cups of water and turn the heat on medium.
  5. Adjust the water as per the sourness of your tamarind. So taste the tamarind water and if it is too sour then add more water, if less sour then add less water. So adjust accordingly.
  6. Let it come to a boil and then simmer for 5-6 minutes. NEVER simmer for longer period of time. It should be simmered just till the rawness of tamarind goes away. By that time, onions will get soften.

Making tempering:

  1. Now heat the oil in a small tadka pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them pop.
  3. Then add cumin seeds, let them sizzle a bit.
  4. Now add dried red chilies and curry leaves. Saute for 40-50 seconds.
  5. Immediately add to the rasam.
  6. Right away close with the lid. Let it rest covered for 5 minutes.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving

Nutrition Facts
Rasam recipe without rasam powder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.3g 8%
Sodium 342mg 14%
Potassium 264mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 8.1g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5.1g
Protein 1.3g 3%
Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 4%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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