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Tomato Rasam | Thakkali Rasam

Rasam is a staple in most South Indian homes and also good to consume when we have fever and cold. Its an integral part of the sadya menu and is served as the second course. Different kinds of rasam are prepared by varying the main ingredient. I have already shared paruppu rasam and lemon rasam, today am sharing one of the most common rasam varieties -  tomato rasam.

Thakkali rasam is one of the simplest and easiest rasam recipes. Especially when you are lazy to cook or are in a hurry, this rasam is the best option as it need just few ingredients to put together. Rasam with hot piping rice and potato fry makes a simple yet heavenly meal. Leftover rasam goes well with dosa and idli. A thogayal or any thoran/poriyal pairs well with this simple rasam.


{ South Indian tomato soup with lentils and spices }
Serves 2-3


2 big tomato, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ tbsp tamarind paste / gooseberry sized tamarind
2 tbsp toor dal / pigeon peas
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp rasam powder
1/8 tsp asafoetida / hing
4-5 curry leaves
1 tsp jaggery
Salt to taste
3-4 sprigs coriander leaves, finely chopped

For the tempering:
1 tsp ghee
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1 dry red chilly
Few curry leaves


1. Wash and pressure cook the dal with ½ cup water and a pinch of  turmeric powder. Mash well adding about ½ cup of water and set aside.

2. Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of hot water and extract the tamarind juice. If using tamarind paste, dissolve in 2 cups warm water.

3. To the tamarind juice add tomatoes, garlic, turmeric powder, rasam powder, asafoetida, curry leaves and salt. Mix well and bring to boil.

4. Once it comes to boil, let it simmer for 6-8 minutes on low heat or until the tomatoes become soft.

5. Add the cooked dal, jaggery and mix well. Simmer till the rasam becomes frothy. Remove from heat. Add coriander leaves.

6. In a small pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add red chilly, jeera and curry leaves. Pour over the rasam.

Notes and Tips
  • Do not boil the rasam after it froths up.
  • Add lots of fresh coriander including tender stems. This lends more flavor to rasam.


  1. Comforting n flavorful rasam

  2. I am in love with all kind of rasam now.

  3. Inviting and comforting soup!!

  4. you made TAHAKKALI rasam so beautiful!! , such beautiful clicks, I visit here more to admire your clicks:-)

  5. Comfort meal,love this!!

  6. Rasam looks so comforting..... love hot rasam with good

  7. comforting rasam. nice clicks.

  8. Gorgeous pics..... Rasam looks delicious.....

  9. that platter is heavenly n my fav

  10. very beautiful clicks....Will love this on rainy day:)

  11. My favourite rasam, i can survive for many days with this fingerlicking rasam.

  12. Beautiful clicks!!! Delicious and comforting rasam...

  13. Super too planning to post soon..


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