Thakkali Rasam/ Tomato Rasam

Being a working mother with two school going children is indeed hectic. Alhamdulillah, I am fortunate that I have two of them who love to go to school and who are not very fussy (I am choosing the phrase “very fussy” because at times, they are!) with their lunch boxes. Both of them are happy if I put bread sandwich for them everyday, as if I like to give it to them. A little change from that and I will receive back some leftovers. “Why didn’t you finish your box? Didn’t you like the food?” “Ummi, the food is good, but… bread is better.” Darn! So you see, they make my life easy by only demanding bread with anything in it. By this weekend, their schools will close for their two week winter break and I am waiting for it! A good thing is that they get to spend more time disturbing my parents, whose return date is nearing very soon. Another thing is that I can sleep 30 minutes extra. Sleep is a very big concern. Despite having children for almost 8 years, I so badly miss my 8 hours sleep. I do sleep for 6 hours somehow, which doctors say is fine, but still, I feel like a zombie. We get adjusted to a lot of things in life, right? But somehow, I don’t seem to be getting adjusted to the lack of sleep at all…


Keeping my ramblings aside, time for something that is apt for the cold climate now! One glass of rasam just like that or as side for rice and fish fry is meal for me. I can never say “no”. My favorite rasam, which is umma’s tamarind rasam is already on the blog. Sharing with you one today, which is made with tomatoes. I am trying to learn different types of rasams and as and when they succeed, I am definitely going to make sure I post it… πŸ™‚


Thakkali Rasam/ Tomato Rasam

Course Soup
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 3 dry chillies
  • 2 pods garlic crushed
  • 3 shallots crushed
  • A pinch asafoetida hing/ kaaya podi
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Boil the tomatoes as whole in water till soft. Drain the water. Grind the tomato into paste. Set aside.
  • In a "chatti" (earthern pot), heat ghee. Splutter mustard and cumin seeds. Briefly fry the urad dal, along with the curry leaves and dry chillies.
  • Now add the garlic and shallots and fry till softened.
  • Add the asafoetida and turmeric and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the ground tomato and water and cook on low flame till the mixture slightly thickens, around 8-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the pepper powder, adjust the salt.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm with rice, or have it as it is!

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  1. The most comforting food ever! Love it any time, any season. Love your 'chatti' Rafeeda πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› It's too cute!

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi… πŸ™‚

  2. Rasam was something that was neatly pushed back from our side of the table by my sister and I while we were growing up. But now, I like it and prepare it once in a blue moon. Love your chatti Rafee. I had asked our house help to buy and keep one for me the last time we went home. I hope she has got it! πŸ™‚

    1. You seem to be coming in once in a blue moon!!! Thank you so much Priya dear… πŸ™‚

  3. Fish fry and rasam is a meal for me too. I love it. Saana loves sandwich for lunch too so that makes my life really easy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Rekha… but I feel bad giving bread everyday, as if there is no variety in food! πŸ™‚

  4. Love to have this rasam in this season!!!! Bread sandwich everyday for packed lunch, they make your work more easy!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Farin…

  5. looks so comforting πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks a lot Shazzy… πŸ™‚

  6. Well made rasam. Perfect with rice for lunch.

    1. Thank you so much Jeena…

  7. Love it. Fish fry with Rasam yum yum

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

  8. Delicious rasam……..Perfect with rice… πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Remya… πŸ™‚

  9. One of my quick fix curries that my h loves to drink than as curry for rice..flavorful n yumm with steamed rice πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

    1. Hehe… thanks a lot Sowmya…

    1. Thanks a lot Remya…

  10. I need nothing else to have at this winter season. All time comfort food.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  11. Always make this with non veg lunch!!! tastes delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Ree…

  12. Rasam is such a comfort food, love it and perfect for the chilled weather.

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  13. rasam is all time comfort food.. looks very nice..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

  14. I make rasam with Tomatoes and Tamarind. Kind of similar to your recipe and use coriander leaves too. For some reason I like this cloudy version of Rasam with Corianer leaves floating than the clear Tamarind version. I always crave for some steaming rice and rasam on rainy days.
    My kids like variety in their lunch box, So I try to pack sandwich only once a week which makes me think out of box most of the time to come up with something they would eat without brining back. I have a small menu printed for them and try to stick to it if I can.

    1. Rasam and rice on a cold day is the ultimate food for me too!!! I would really love to see your timetable for the kids! Seriously… I am looking for ideas to make them eat variety… Thank you so much Shibi…

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