Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pepper Rasam - Another Version

Earlier, I had blogged about a very simple pepper rasam. Today's recipe is a slight variation, which makes the rasam taste even yummier.

Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 3 pods
Onion - 1, small sized, cut into quarters
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - a large pinch
Tamarind - a large lemon sized ball
Sugar/Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Chana Dal Powder/Pappula podi - 1 tsp
Salt - As per taste

For the Tempering:
Oil - 11/2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - 6
Dry Red Chillies - 3, broken into pieces

Method of Preparation:
1. Soak the tamarind in warm water for 30 minutes and extract the pulp.
2. Using a pestle, crush cumin seeds in a mortar, add coriander powder, pepper powder, salt and garlic pods and the quartered onions. Crush them too. (If you do not have a mortar and pestle, place the ingredients on a chopping board and crush them using a rolling pin)
3. Heat oil in a vessel and add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once the seeds start spluttering, add the turmeric powder and crushed pepper garlic mixture on low to medium heat and mix well for 30 seconds.
4. Add the tamarind pulp, water(to dilute the tamarind pulp), sugar/jaggery and mix well.
5. Adjust the salt and let the rasam boil on medium heat for 5-8 minutes. Then add the roasted chana dal powder and mix well. This thickens the rasam a lil bit. Simmer the rasam for couple of minutes.
6. Enjoy the pepper rasam with steaming hot rice.


  1. My mum used to make it too when we had a cold. I could not get the exact measures. Thanks to you I will make it tomorrow as I have a bad cold!

  2. rasam looks fabulous for a cold day like today :)

  3. Yumm! very comforting pepper rasam..i can have it rite now with papads and rice..

  4. Rasam looks very delicious!! Perfect for the winter!!

  5. onions in rasam---looks interesting !

  6. Yummy looking pepper rasam. Would love to try it out soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. That was an intresting recepie. Like the color perfect for winter. Hop you can help me with something to lose weight.



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