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Lemon Rasam

South Indian soup with lentil, lemon and tomato flavored with green chillies and ginger

A South Indian meal is incomplete without rasam. Be it sambar, molagootal or any other South Indian gravy, we always have a second serving of rice with rasam and then end the meal with a curd rice. There are many varieties of rasam. I have posted the paruppu rasam sometime back and here comes another simple rasam recipe.

Lemon rasam is a bit different rasam from the typical rasam as it prepared without tamarind and rasam powder. Tomato and lemon gives the tangy flavor and sourness to the rasam. The heat of green chillies and crushed ginger adds unique flavor to the rasam. Enjoy this lemon flavored rasam with rice and potato roast or yam/chena roast.



Toor dal / pigeon peas - 1/4 cup
Tomato - 1 medium, sliced
Green chillies - 4 to 5, slit
Ginger - 1" piece, crushed
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp + a pinch
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - 2 sprigs, finely chopped
Juice of half a lemon

Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Jeera / Cumin - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing - a pinch


1. Pressure cook the dal with 1 cup water and a pinch of turmeric powder. Mash the dal well and set aside.

2. Combine tomato, green chillies, ginger, turmeric powder and salt. Add 1 cup water and cook till the tomatoes and chillies have become soft.

3. Add the mashed dal and add more water if you want a thinner consistency. Cook till the rasam becomes frothy. Remove from heat and add coriander leaves.

4. In a pan, heat ghee and add mustard. When it pops add hing, jeera and pour over the rasam.

5. Allow the rasam to cool a little and add the lemon juice.


1. Add lemon juice only after rasam cools, otherwise it will turn bitter.

2. Do not boil the rasam after adding the dal.


  1. my fav rasam and i love eat with appalam

  2. after trying traditional one, now I have to explore diff kinds of rasam, and this looks perfect to start with.

  3. i definitely need to try this version. good one dear. and..feel free to drop by my space too when you get the time. Just jotted some handy tips on "sane motherhood" on my "Picks quicks" blog. Hope you will be a follower there. lets keep connected beyond the kitchen as well....

  4. Flavorful and refreshing rasam. Wish I could taste it right now.. Yum!!

  5. yummy rasam.. perfect with potato fry..

  6. Hey Sona,I in love with the rasam and the fonts:) very true how we cling on to something so simple yet tangy enough to trigger our senses.

  7. loved that tangy rasam sona...

  8. flavorful n comforting it

  9. Fingerlicking and comforting rasam, love it..

  10. Beautiful pictures..looks delicious...

  11. Delicious and flavorful rasam..

  12. Have always had this at Saravana Bhavan.. Never made at home.. Urs look lovely.. Nice clicks :)

  13. Lovely clicks, rasam looks very delicious.

  14. Rasam looks delicious, perfect with some hot rice and potato fry.

  15. AnonymousJuly 06, 2013

    soul satisfying rasam....thanks for sharing
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