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Parippu Rasam | Paruppu Rasam

South Indian soup with lentils, tomato, tamarind juice and rasam powder

Rasam is traditional South Indian preparation, served as a second course with hot rice. Rasam has a tangy and unique flavor due to the addition of tamarind, tomatoes, lemon and other seasonings like rasam powder. By varying the ingredients, different kinds of rasam can be prepared like Tomato Rasam, Lemon Rasam, Ginger Rasam, Jeera-Milagu Rasam, Garlic Rasam... etc. Tempering the ingredients in ghee boosts the flavor of the rasam.

Parippu Rasam or Dal Rasam is a simple and quick rasam prepared with cooked toor dal, tomatoes, rasam powder, tamarind. I always prefer a potato fry to go with any kind of rasam. Serve the rasam hot with rice and thoran/poriyal of your choice.


Tomatoes - 2 medium, quartered
Pigeon peas/Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Rasam powder - 2 tsp
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size ball
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - a small piece
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - to garnish

Ghee - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 1, halved
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few


1. Pressure cook the pigeon peas/toor dal with 1/2 cup water and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add 1 cup water to dal and mash well.

2. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup water and extract the pulp.

3. In a vessel, add tamarind water, tomato, rasam powder, red chilly powder, jaggery and salt. Mix well and bring to boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes.

4. Add the cooked dal to the rasam and simmer till the rasam becomes frothy. Remove from heat.

5. In a tadka pan, heat ghee. Add mustard seeds and when it splutters add jeera, red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and pour into the rasam. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Server hot with rice.


  1. Awesome Sona... my fav rasam :-)

  2. Rasam looks so tempting! Drooling over here! :)

  3. awesome combo here... n love the rasam...

  4. comfort curry,looks yummy!!

  5. looks yummy n delicious..

  6. i love the flavor of dal rasam.. tempting..

  7. i am not feeling good today so making this right now for me.

  8. very comforting rasam, love it...

  9. so comforting food for my tummy

  10. its a often recipe in my kitche.luks Yummy n best vth hot rice!!

  11. Very Comforting rasam

  12. My favorite rasam, looks delicious.. Is that potato fry along the rasam?

    1. Thanks Lakshmi. That's Chettinad Baby Potato Fry, recipe coming soon!


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