Pepper Rasam

I don't know how many different varieties of Rasams are there... we have lime Rasom, Pepper Rasam, Tomato Rasam, Green Chiily Rasam, Garlic Rasam... Okay these are the varieties I make... and I know there are still a lot of other varieties...
My favourite is Tomato Rasam...well till the day I had this. I happened to taste this by chance. This happened in Chennai once, when my lil girl was 8 months old. It was a very busy Sunday and it was almost 1'0' clock and all that I cooked was rice. I was a bundle of nerves and that time my part time helper came in. I told her... "Pls make a Rasam for me"... and she made this.. It was too good... I asked her for the recipe and she told me when she was around 18 years, she was working in a Telugu filmstar's house. There she had to make this every day!! Pepper Rasam!!!!


Pepper: 1 tbsp
Cumin: 1 tbsp
Garlic: 5-6 cloves with the cover
Tomato: 1
Coriander leaves: a handful
Tamarind: a big lime sized soaked in 1.5 cups water
Mustard: 1 tsp
Dried Red Chilly: 2
Shallots: 2 sliced
Curry Leaf: 1 sprig

Grind the pepper and cumin seeds till almost powdered.
Now add the garlic pods into it with the cover, and run the mixie for a few seconds.
Put the tomato in and run the mixie again to make it a paste.
Squeeze the tamarinds and take it out of the water.
In the tamarind water, mix in the tomato paste, coriander leaves and salt as required.
In a kadai, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, add the shallots, curry leaves and dried red chillies.
Now pour the rasam mix to it and let it boil
In a serving dish, Pour quarter cup water and on top of that, pour the hot rasam.
Serve with Rice.


  1. Its my fav...I love the spicy and tangy taste and its easy to make too...Yours look superb...

  2. Wow...spicy and delicious...

  3. That is different from what I make... Nice to know this recipe...

  4. Wonderful recipe! Will try this version next time..