Tamarind Rasam | Easy Rasam

Monu is one of the sweetest bloggers I have come to know of late. One thing I love about her is that she never hesitates to leave her long lovely comments on each and every post that she reads of mine, filled in with plenty of smilies… which is enough to pep up anybody’s bad day for sure! I find her to be really zesty and outgoing, always ready to bring a smile on the face of the person she is interacting with. I literally feel Monu’s blog shows her feisty nature and the way she writes is really youthful. Being a big fan of Pakistani food – by the way, this happens to be my third guest post for my neighbors, which is such an honour! – I have already bookmarked the Qubooli and Khoya
, which I am sure will be among one of the meals that I will cook sooner than later! I wish Mona many many years of happy blogging, with loads of yummy posts…

Deciding on what to give Monu was a task. Most of my guest posts happen to be desserts but this time, I wanted to be slightly different. Something more related to my state, my food and my family. Browsing through my drafts, I finalized on a simple gravy dish which is one of my favorites of my umma’s cooking. My umma learned this rasam from one of her friends quite some time back and since then, she has been making it this way. Whenever she makes this, I am the last one to have rice, so that once my meal is done, I take the honour of cleaning up the bowl of the remaining rasam, that much I love this gravy! To see the recipe and do read more of the post, do drop by Monu’s space here. Hope you enjoy the post! 🙂



Tamarind Rasam

Course Side
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dry chillies
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 5 shallots chopped
  • 1 inch pc ginger peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 to mato minced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 large pieces of tamarind soaked in 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp black pepper powder add more if you want!
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat coconut oil in a chatti. Splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the dry chilies and curry leaves for a minute.
  • Pound the shallots, ginger and garlic in a mortar and pestle till nicely crushed.
  • Add it the oil and fry for a couple of minutes or till the raw smell goes.
  • Add in the onion and tomato and cook till the tomato is completely mashed up and the masala looks cooked.
  • Add the cumin and turmeric and fry for a minute.
  • Nicely mash the tamarind into the water for the pulp till completely done. Discard the tamarind and pour the pulpy water and the additional water into the pan.
  • Bring to boil and cook on low flame for around 10 minutes. Sprinkle in the pepper powder, adjust the salt.
  • Serve hot as is, or with a bowl of rice. Such a meal of comfort!!!

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  1. Wow ..now I remembered that its a long time since I have had some rasam.

    1. Thank you so much dears…

  2. Thank you so so much my dear Raffyyyy :* seriously you made by day by coming at my place 🙂 Love to you and your kids my dear .. happy weekend 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Monu… it was a pleasure doing this post for you… 🙂

  3. Nice to know one more blogher. Hoping there for recipe.

    1. Thank you so much Linsy…

  4. Wow, you are doing great. Mashallah good to see how active you are!!!
    Writing so many blog posts and available on F.B…Keep it up. 🙂

    1. Alhamdulillah… that's all I have to say Rashida… thanks a lot, dear… 🙂

  5. I just love this rasam. In fact we simply drool over any kind of rasam. What a perfect dish for our rice.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  6. refreshing soup / rasam

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  7. Comfort drink for me. checking monu's space

    1. Thank you so much Sebeena…

  8. Lovely rasam looks tempting

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  9. My favourite comfort food 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sundari… 🙂

  10. Love your rasam dear!!!! wonderful guest post…

    1. Thank you so much Farin…

  11. Looks tempting…yummy to go with hot rice and ghee…

    1. Thank you so much Anu…

  12. Simple and comfort food goes well with almost all kootan. Simple yet divine rasam.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  13. Simple yummy rasam .

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

  14. This recipe comes at the perfect time. was thinking to msg you about the rasam recipe.

    1. Oh, I saw ur mind then!!! Hehe… hope u make it and enjoy it, dear…

  15. Very nice recipe.love to taste it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Chitra… 🙂

  16. this is sooo very much for meee !!!!

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  17. Looks like a lovely rasam..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  18. ahh..rasam looks so good…its so comforting to have hot rasam with hot rice…love it

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  19. Rasam is an aboslute comfort food for me…vishakunnu 🙂

    1. Oh just like me!!! 🙂 Thanks a lot Vinee…

  20. love rasam never tried making it though 🙂 have a nice weekend

    1. Thank you so much Nammi… 🙂

  21. wow Rafee u know i ove rasam after heavy meals or plain with rice…..it easily digest anythg

    1. Thank you so much Biny…

  22. MashAllah looks amazing. Great colour.

    1. JazakAllah khairan Aiza…

  23. I love rasam and it is my go to for comfort home made food.

    1. Thank you so much Simi for coming by…

  24. Rasam looks so good. Very healthy too.

    1. Thank you so much Savitha…

  25. Looks delicious and tempting…Rasam

    1. Thank you so much Jaspinder…

  26. love to sip it in colder days. or with rice n papad

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