Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mysore Rasam-Comfort Food for the Soul.

Rasam is a staple at home.This best part about this tasty tangy broth is that it goes well with any side dish and even a papad.So rasam essentially is an all rounder and a part and parcel of the South Indian Psyche!Best remedy for the sniffles and a comfort food for me.This rasam has the lovely taste and aroma of coriander seeds wafting around in the house once made.Now for the recipe

Cooked toor dal-1/2 a cup
Tamarind-a lemon size
Curry leaves-a sprig
Coriander leaves-a bunch
Asafoetida-a pinch
Jaggery-a small lump
Pepper-4 0r 5
Salt to taste

To grind
Coriander seeds-1 1/2 tablespoon
Bengalgram dal-2 teaspoons
Red Chillies-2
Oil-2 tsp for frying
Add the raw pepper without frying to be ground

To temper
Ghee-1 tsp
mustard-1 tsp

Method-Pressure cook toor dal with a pinch of turmeric and cool.Soak tamarind in water and mash well to extract tamarind water.Take a vessel,add the tamarind water,salt,cut tomatoes,curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.Let this mixture boil well.Add the cooked dhal mashed up well.Do not throw away the water,add this to the broth as well.Mix this well and add the magic potion which has been ground and kept aside.Let it bubble well till done.Add the jaggery to this mixture to enhance the flavour.Temper the mustard seeds with ghee.This step will make the rasam aromatic.So do not forget this step.While using tomatoes for this recipe,make sure  to use less tamarind.Finally garnish the rasam with coriander leaves.I have adapted this rasam recipe from the book Cook and See by Meenakshi Ammal.Go ahead make it your own.


  1. U r tempting me now..Love the sweet taste of karnataka style sambar and rasam

  2. First time to ur space. love the bowl of hot rasam.

  3. heard of mysore rasam and never tried making..thanks for the wonderful recipe...

  4. Mysore rasam I can just drink them as soup.Looking delicious.

  5. i have never tried this yummy rasam on my own, but have tasted this.Will give it a try soon.looks yum

  6. Looks delicious!!

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  7. I also LOVE rasam! Just the other day I posted about rasam :)

  8. would love to have a hot cup of this rasam now!!! Slurrpppppp!!! Yummy!!!!

  9. I luv this rasam a lot,well made..Pls post the adai recipe also dear..

  10. Never tried mysore rasam yet,thanks for the recipe,looks very nice!

  11. MY favourite always and a wonderful aroma in this rasam. Who will not love this? Nice making.


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