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Tomato Rasam / Spicy Tomato Indian Soup

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Till my marriage, all I know about rasam is ONLY Rasam. No prefix, suffix to it. But I was introduced many  prefixes and suffixes afterwards by my MIL and now I have >10 rasam recipes in hand. I’ll post them one bye one.

Tomato Rasam is one which is quite often prepared at homes in India next to tamarind rasam
where tomato will be leading in quantity than tamarind. Here, the method
differs slightly in the way we extract juice from tomato whereas it is
very straight forward in the case of tamarind rasam.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: <10 minutes

Serves – 3 – 4


Tomato – 3 nos, big size

Tamarind – a big pinch

Coriander leaves – 3 strings

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

For Rasam Masala:

Green chilli -2 nos

Garlic – 1 no,

Black peppercorns – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – 1 string

For Seasoning:

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 1 string

Asafoetida – a pinch

Oil – 1 teaspoon


1) Take all tomatoes in a bowl and pour 2 cups of water and heat this for 10 minutes on medium heat.

2) After 10 minutes, turn off the flame and add tamarind. Keep aside for few minutes.

3) Meanwhile, Coarsely grind all the ingredients given for rasam masala.  You can do this using a mortar and pestle or straightly using mixer.

4) Now, Peel off the skin from tomato and squeeze it using your hand till you don’t find any pulps of tomato.

5) Mix the ground ingredients with rasam and add salt. See to the taste and adjust the salt and tanginess by adding salt or water.

6) As soon as you add salt, heat it in stove.

7) When rasam is about to boil, (in this stage foam forms on rasam surface),turn off from stove and garnish with coriander.

8) Do seasoning separately and add to the rasam.


1) Do no add too much oil, it spoils  the taste of the rasam.

2) Do not boil it and remove from heat before boiling to get correct taste of rasam.

3) You also do seasoning first and adding the rasam to it next.

4) Increase/ Decrease the pepper and cumins seeds according to your taste.

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Hey Uma…First time on your blog…Tomato rasam looks delicious…Happy to join you dear…Do visit me at


yummy rasam Uma one of our favourite things to have looks fabulous


Looks delicious and inviting
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Hi Uma
Thanks for stopping by and for lovely words.
Rasam looks awesome. It tempts me a lot. I'm going to bookmark this.


my fav 🙂
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Indian Khana

Looks super and lovely pics …I just need some rice to relish this

priya ravi

i make rasam at home but cant differentiate if it is tomato rasam or tamarind rasam 🙂 would love to follow ur rasam varieties . BTW we add salt at the last , after turning off heat.

Jayanthy Kumaran

aromatic n flavorful..:P
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Menaga Sathia

super n flavorful rasam,one of our family fav recipes…

Prathima Rao

Tongue tickling, spicy & yummy rasam!!!
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looks perfect…spicy n flavorful rasamm…yummm


Nice flavorful Rasam !! loved to have with steamed rice with papad !!

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Sangeetha M

i too make tomato rasam in similar way also but i never tried rasam with adding seasoning at the end…looks so perfect n flavorful rasam….romba pasikkuthu 🙂 waiting for more yummy rasam recipes from u 🙂

Kaveri Venkatesh

Same is the case with…learnt many different rasam from my MIL tooo…Liked your version of Tomato rasam


Rasam looks so tempting.Rasam is my all time comfort food.

Vimitha Durai

I make this often and its my favorite comfort meal

Reshmi Mahesh

Rasam is my fav and yours look too good…love this with plain rice and papad…


this method is new to me…looks yummy…