Tomato Rasam Recipe | Thakkali Rasam

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Tomato Rasam Recipe 1
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Rasam can be called as an olden days soup. It is traditionally prepared with tamarind extract, tomato, dal, garlic, some herbs and tempered with spices. It is such a comfortable dish that no other kuzhambu / gravies can fill the space of this thakkali rasam. Though the recipe is simple making a perfect rasam with right amount of water, tangy flavour and spiciness is not an easy job at all. Preparing perfect rasam comes by practice and rasam is the only dish that we can alter and adjust the ingredients as per our wish. There are numerous varieties in rasam but this tomato rasam recipe is commonly prepared everywhere. If you know the tricks, rasam can be prepared very easily and quickly, when we are running out of time and even bachelors can give a try. We can also drink the left over rasam directly like soup, which helps in digestion.

Tomato Rasam Recipe

Tomato Rasam Recipe

Tomato Rasam Recipe | Thakkali Rasam

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian |  Recipe Category: Main course / Rasam Varieties
Preparation + Cook Time: 35 minutes  |  Serves: 2 to 3

  • Tomatoes – 3
  • Tamarind  – 1 Small goosebery size
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp grated
  • Garlic – 4 crushed
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves – 1 tblsp
  • Salt – To taste
To Grind
  • Pepper Corns – 11/2 tsp 
  • Jeera – 11/2 tsp
  • Toor Dal – 2 tsp 
  • Fenugreek – 1/8 tsp
  • Green chilli – 1 
  • Garlic – 3
To Temper
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp 
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper Corns – 4 to 5 
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Hing – 1 generous pinch
  • Curry Leaves – Few
  • Oil – 2 to 3 tsp

1. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of hot water for 20 minutes, also add tomatoes in 1.5 cup of boiled water. Take the tamarind extract. Peel the skin of tomatoes and mash it well. Keep by side.
Tomato Rasam Recipe Steps1

2. Grind all the ingredients given in the table ‘To Grind’ coarsely. Take a bowl and mix the tamarind extract and mashed tomato water.
3. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and crushed garlic. Then add the coarsely grinded ingredients.
thakkali-rasam-steps34. Now add salt, coriander leaves and mix well. Temper with all the ingredients listed in the table ‘To Temper’

thakkali-rasam-steps45. Once it splutters, pour the tamarind, tomato water mixed with spices into the pan. Heat in very low flame for 5 to 7 minutes.
tomato-rasam-recipe-steps56.First you can see bubbles in the middle and the rasam raises to the top a little. This is one boil. Switch off the flame, don’t boil more than that. Finally add 1 tsp of grated jaggery.  Garnish with little more coriander leaves.
Thakkali Rasam Steps6Serve this thakkali rasam with hot steaming rice.


Thakkali Rasam

Thakkali Rasam


1. Adjust chilli’s as per your spiciness for this tomato rasam recipe. 
2. Use red ripe tomatoes for nice colour. 
3. Country tomatoes gives more tanginess. You can skip tamarind also in this case.
4. Tomatoes can be either chopped and sauted, mashed or pureed for this thakkali rasam.

5. Instead of taking tamarind extract, 1 tsp of readymade tamarind puree also can be used.
6. Ghee can be used for tempering, which adds wonderful flavour.
7. Add hing and garlic generously for a aromatic rasam.
8. The consistency of the rasam should be watery only.
9. Always boil the rasam in low flame.
10. Just give one boil, if you boil more, the rasam does not tastes good.
11. For simple version, ready made rasam powder can also be used.
12. Don’t skip jaggery, as this would help to balance the tanginess.
13. Shelf life of rasam is 2 to 3 days under refrigeration.

Thakkali Rasam 1

Thakkali Rasam

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Comments (2)

  1. posted by Padmini on November 21, 2016

    Super recipe

  2. posted by Shreya on November 26, 2016

    Loved this recipe !!!!! Was ready in a jiffy & so tasty and authentic. Just out of this world !
    I am a sambar n rassam junkie – so will happily try out so many of your recipies.
    I remember eating this at a friend’s place but could never reproduce the taste.
    If you could also post about sambar masala recipe, it would be a great help.


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