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Garlic Rasam/Poondu Rasam/ Spicy & Sour garlic soup – Meatless Monday


Hello Folks !!!

For this meatless monday I am bringing you all a very comforting soothing Indian flavoured soup called Rasam . Rasam is a south Indian style curry/ soup made out of garlic , tomatoes and tamarind which is slightly flavored with whole red chillies , curry leaves and other whole spices . This soup is very suitable to fight diseases during cold weather and it will leave you satisfied if you have it with a portion of rice . 

The recipe of this soup pretty simple and straight forward , you can make this really in no time . So if you are looking for some easy recipe for a week day dinner then this soup is perfect for you . In my home we generally serve this soup with rice , some ghee and any kind of vegetable stir fry. Rasam is a very common curry made in any south Indian household . Because of it’s simplicity this is one of my favorite curry , I can literally eat a huge bowl of rice with rasam ūüėČ . I have not made this using any store bought rasam powders, just few ingredients which were easily available in my pantry.¬†

So let’s see how to make this easy to prepare rasam .¬†

Prep Time Р15 minutes 
Cooking Time Р10 minutes 
Serves- 4 
Author РParvathy V Nair 


Tamarind – a small gooseberry size
Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon 
Black pepper corn- 1/2 teaspoon 
Whole red chilli- 2 or 3 
Oil- 1 teaspoon 
Mustard Seeds- 1/2 teaspoon 
Garlic Р5 to 6 cloves with skin 
Green Chilly- 1 or 2 
Tomatoes Рchopped one small 
Asafoetida- a pinch 
Salt- as needed 
Coriander leaves Рfor garnish 


1. In a bowl soak tamarind in 2 cups of hot water. 

2.  Now lets make the dry spice mix for rasam . The dry spice mix is made from cumin seeds , black pepper corn and whole red chilli. Take these and dry grind them in a spice grinder and keep it aside . 

3. Now extract tamarind juice by squeezing the water out of the soaked tamarind . 

4. In a pan place the tamarind juice and one teaspoon spice mix , bring this to a boil. 

5. Now in a mortar & pestle slightly mash green chilly and garlic . Do not remove the skin of garlic let it stay there. 

6. In a different sauce pan heat oil add mustard seeds to it now add the mashed up garlic & green chilly to it . Saute it well till the raw smell goes away. Add tomatoes to it and saute till it is mushy . 

7. Now add the boiled tamarind water to it , salt and asafoetida , check for taste if it needs more spice add some chilly powder (optional). 

8. Bring it to one boil , garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice & ghee . 



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