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Thakkali Rasam – Spicy Tomato Soup

Rasam is a comfort food in south India. It’s a very traditional dish and everyone in south India almost used to make it everyday. It is considered as a second main course and can be eaten with white rice.

It’s very good for health, because lots of different spices are used in it. You can just drink it like a soup or as an appetizer too. Rasam can be cooked in different ways. Milagu (pepper) rasam, Dal(Lentil) rasam.

Preparation Time: 30 mins
No of servings : 3-4
Spice level : 2 out of 5

Ingredients :

  • Tomatoes : 2
  • Coriander Leaves : a handful ( chopped finely)
  • Green chilies : 2-3
  • Garlic : 2-3
  • Peppercorns: 10
  • Cumin seeds : 2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds : 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 6-7
  • Tamarind : lemon sized ball ( if you using paste take 1 tbsp)

For seasonings:

  • Oil : 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Urad dal : 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida : a pinch
  • Whole red chilies : 2
  • Cumin seeds : 1/4 tsp

Method Of Preparation :

  1. Grind tomatoes and coriander leaves and green chilies together into a coarse paste and keep them aside.
  2. Now just grind  the garlic, peppercorns, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Don’t grind it into smooth paste, just pulse it  twice and remove it.
  3. Now in a small bowl add the tamarind paste, ground tomato paste(step 1) and ground garlic, pepper mixture(step 2) and add a cup and half of water.
  4. Mix it all together, add turmeric powder, slat to taste. Adjust the sourness by adding water.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, asafoetida, whole red chilies and the curry leaves.
  6. After it sputters add the rasam mixture (step 4) in to the kadai.
  7. Bring it to boil and remove it from heat , garnish with coriander leaves.


  1. Tomato Rasam is my favourite. Clicking Rasam is not at all an easy Job. You have clicked so detailed.

  2. never made rasam at home..that looks delicious..very tempting pics!

  3. beautiful click!.. never used fennel in rasam.. would be aromatic 🙂

  4. Shirya,

    Rasam looks really delicious. Using urad dal and fennel in rasam is new one to me.

  5. My favorite kind of rasam

  6. That Rasam looks indeed spicy, tangy and yummy!

  7. Looks comforting and delicious..

  8. Shriya, Rasam looks yum..adding fennel seeds to rasam is new to me..will try this..thanks for sharing this lovely recipe..

  9. Very beautiful click shirya, simple and comforting food with rice

  10. such a great comforting dish….great

  11. Your Rasam makes me hungry…Nice click.

  12. oooooooh yumm , rasam. first time here, lovely blog you have here, cant wait to check out the recipes. have a nice day

  13. My Fav..simply delicious..

  14. Hi dearies, hru all doing there??? Missed all ur dishes!!! 😀

    Thakkali rasam looks so good ya! Loved lots of tomatoes in rasam. Slurrppppp!

  15. like the rasam with rice. this tomato rasam is really delicious shriya

  16. Thanks ladies for your valuable comments.

  17. I am a beginner.Can you tell me how to grind in step 1,2.
    Should I use a mixie?

  18. Hey Shriya, this rasam recipe looks really great! Thanks!!

  19. Thakkali Rasam is heavenly..Can have at any time. Nice click.

  20. One of my favourite soup I always crave..Don’t quite like all the spice seeds when I’m enjoying the decided to strain them all 1st..& savour every sip slowly…Thanks Shriya.


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