Tomato Rasam | Thakkali Rasam Recipe
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Tomato Rasam | Thakkali Rasam Recipe

Tomato rasam (Thakkali Rasam) is one of the most common rasam variety in Tamil Nadu. This rasam has a rich flavor of tomato along with mild spices. We can serve Tomato Rasam with hot rice along with a teaspoon of ghee or we can serve as soup or at the end of a heavy meal for digestion.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Rasam, Soup
Cuisine: Indian, Indian Recipes, South Indian, South Indian Recipes, Tamil Brahmin, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam



  • 1 Gooseberry Size Tamarind
  • 2 tsp Rasam Powder
  • a Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust as Needed
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Toor Dal (Pigeon pea)
  • 1 tsp Pepper Cumin Powder Grind 1 tsp of Peper & Cumin to the powder

To Grind

  • 3 Tomato

For Tempering

  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Few Curry leaves


Soaking Tamarind

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for about 10 mins and extract the juice. Set this tamarind juice aside

Grinding Process

  • Wash and roughly chop the tomatoes and take it in a mixer jar. Grind it to smooth paste

Cooking Dal

  • Take toor dal in a vessel. Add turmeric powder and water. Pressure cook dal for about 4 whistles of till its mushy. Set this cooked dal aside

Cooking Rasam

  • Take the tamarind juice in a sauce pan. Add rasam powder, salt and asafoetida and give a good mix. Keep in medium flame and allow the tamarind juice to cook
  • Then add the tomato puree and cook the rasam for another 5 mins.
  • Now add cooked dal and adjust the consistency of rasam with water. Add coarsely ground pepper powder to rasam
  • Finally garnished with coriander leaves and when a frothy layer forms on the top of the rasam, we need to switch off the flame

Tempering Process

  • Heat ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Now, add few curry leaves and switch off the flame. Add this tempering to the rasam.

Serving Time

  • Serve the yummy Tomato Rasam with hot steaming rice along with a teaspoon of ghee or serve as a soup and slurp!!!


  1. We can add 2 slit green chili which gives a nice spicy flavor
  2. We can add a teaspoon of jaggery to give a mild sweet flavor to rasam


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g