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Elumichai Rasam – Clear Soup with Lime and Tomato

Rasam is a South Indian soup which is served along with steamed white rice and vegetable stir fry and papad. There are different types of rasam. You can check the other varieties in our blog. Today I am sharing the recipe for Elumichai Rasam, elumichai means lime and rasam is soup. This is a simple and yummy recipe. Hope you all like it. Here you go…

Preparation time: 25 minutes

No. of servings: 5

Spice level: 3 out of 5


  • Juice of one big lime
  • Toor dal – 1/4 cup
  • Tomato – 1
  • Green chilies – 2 or 3
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro – handful


  • Ghee or clarified butter – 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook toor dal for a whistle. Dal should be separate and cooked. If not cooked, pressure cook for one more whistle.
  2. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook dal in boiling water until completely cooked.
  3. In a sauce pan, add water, cooked dal, cut tomato pieces, salt, slit green chilies, turmeric powder. Let it boil till tomatoes are cooked fully for about 8 minutes at medium high heat.
  4. Remove from heat and add lime juice and mix well. Rasam is ready.
  5. In a seasoning pan  or a small pan, heat ghee at medium high and add mustard seeds, once they splutter, add cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  6. Add the seasoning to rasam and finally add the fresh cilantro.
  7. Every time before serving, give it a nice stir and serve cause the ingredients settle at the bottom.

🙂 Serve hot with white rice and any vegetable fry or papad.


  1. humm… looks good!! fantastic recipe!
    Good job!!

  2. very nicely plated rasam…i too like this rasam…

  3. lime rasam looks delicious.

  4. Yummy and comforting rasam

  5. Yummy and flavorful rasam

  6. I want to taste this right now…looks so delicious..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  7. this easy n clear rasam has my attention; it is raining now and would’nt mind sipping a glassful !

  8. tangy and yummy rasam. pics are too good

  9. Delicious and healthy rasam. Excellent soup.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. I’ve gotta be honest, I never thought to mix limes and tomatoes in anything before, though now I am curious what it would be like. I’ll have to try your recipe!

  11. Healthy and flavorful rasam.

  12. Thanks for all your wonderful comments.

  13. Lovely lovely pics n the soup looks so comfy 🙂
    US Masala

  14. Colorful and looks yummy…nice presentation.

  15. lovely pic.. So healthy soup/rasam

  16. yummy lime rasam…simply delicious! and lovely picture…