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Udupi Tomato Rasam | Udupi Saaru Recipe
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Udupi Tomato Rasam | Udupi Saaru Recipe

Udupi Tomato Rasam, a very vibrant appealing and appetizing saaru made with tomato, tamarind and freshly ground spices. This rasam is the culmination of tangy, sweet and spicy flavors. A perfect dish to mix with hot steaming rice along with a spoon of Ghee! Learn here how to make this Udupi Rasam with step by step pictures, video and instructions!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Rasam
Cuisine: Indian Cuisine, Indian Recipes, Karnataka, South Indian Recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Mixer Grinder


  • 1 Gooseberry Size Tamarind
  • tbsp Toor Dal
  • 1 no Tomato medium size, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • tsp Salt adjust to your taste
  • 1 Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Grated Jaggery
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut For Garnishing

For Rasam Powder

  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 6-7 nos Byadgi Chili or Kashmiri Chili
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • Few Curry leaves

For Tempering

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds


Soaking Tamarind

  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of hot water for 10 mins. After 10 mins, squeeze and extract the juice. Set this juice aside.

Cooking Dal

  • Take toor dal in a vessel. Add water and wash the dal thoroughly. Drain the water. Add fresh water to the dal along with turmeric powder. Keep the vessel in the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Once the pressure is released, take out the cooked dal. Mash the dal thoroughly and set aside.

Preparing Rasam Powder

  • Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan. Add coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin, pepper, Kashmiri red chili and fry in medium flame till coriander seeds become slightly darker.
  • Now add grated coconut along with few curry leaves. Fry the coconut till it is slightly brown. Switch off the flame
  • Take the fried ingredients to the mixer jar. Grind it to coarse powder. Set this rasam powder aside.

Preparing Garnishing Ingredients

  • Heat a spoon of ghee in a pan. Add grated coconut along with few curry leaves. Fry the grated coconut till it is slightly brown. Set this aside for garnishing the rasam later.

Making Rasam

  • Heat a tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Now add tomato to the pan. Give a good mix.
  • To the pan, add the tamarind extract along with turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida, jaggery and give a mix.
  • Allow the tamarind juice to boil for 5 mins. After 5 mins, add the rasam powder we prepared. Give a good mix. Allow the rasam to boil for 2-3 mins.
  • Now, add the mashed dal to the rasam. Also add 2 cups of water to adjust the consistency.
  • Keep the rasam in flame till you get a frothy layer. Garnish the rasam with coriander leaves.
  • Switch off the flame. Add the slightly fried coconut along with curry leaves and give a mix.


  • Serve this delicious Rasam with hot steaming rice and slurp!!!
    Udupi Tomato Rasam | Udupi Saaru Recipe



Tips for making Udupi Tomato Rasam:

  1. The rasam powder which we prepared can be made in large quantities and stored in air-tight container. If we prefer to make the rasam powder in large quantity, we can exclude adding coconut and use only other ingredients.
  2. In Udupi they use byadgi chili for this rasam. These chilies are less spicy but gives a nice red color to the rasam. If you don’t have byadgi chili, you can use kashmiri chili.
  3. You can also use regular chili instead of byadgi or kashmiri chili. If you plan to use regular chili then use only 2 as we are also adding pepper.
  4. Grind the rasam powder to coarse powder. If the spice powder is very smooth, then the rasam becomes more thicker.
  5. After adding dal, do not bring rasam to boil. Just keep the rasam till a frothy layer forms on top and then switch off the flame.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g