Lemon Rasam – Rasam Varieties

April 7, 2015 Rasam VarietiesTamil New Year Recipes  16 comments

Rasam is an all time comfort food. Its the quickest South Indian lunch menu with a simple curry. This lemon rasam is a good alternative to the normal tomato rasam. There is no tomato or tamarind in this rasam. Lemon is the hero of this recipe!! It gives a very refreshing flavour along the freshly ground rasam powder..

Lets get cooking…




[Preparation Time-15 mins : Cooking Time- 15 mins]


  • Cooked Toor dal – 1/4 cup
  • Lemon – 1 (small)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – few

To Grind into a coarse powder:

  • Pepper corns – 10 to 15
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander sticks – few

To Temper:

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoteida – a pinch
  • Red Chilly – 1
  • Garlic – 3 cloves (crushed)





  • Take cooked toor dal, mash it and add required water. Keep it ready. (I was making sambar at the same time and just reserved a small amount for making this lemon rasam) Heat a pan with oil and temper with the ingredients mentioned under “to temper”.

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  • Add the cooked toor dal mixture to it. Add salt and turmeric powder and let it boil. Meanwhile take the ingredients mentioned under ” to grind” in a mixer.

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  • Grind it into a coarse powder. Once the dal water starts boiling add this coarsely ground rasam powder and fresh coriander leaves to it and reduce the flame to low-medium.

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  • Once the rasam becomes frothy add lemon juice, mix and switch off the flame.

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Lemon Rasam is ready!!!

Serve piping hot (Just like in my pictures ) with steamed rice..





  1. U can do the tempering finally.
  2. I always prefer to make rasam with freshly ground rasam powder. Instead, U can use a tbsp of rasam powder if u have it ready.
  3. Adding crushed garlic while tempering gives a magical aroma to the Lemon Rasam. So do not skip it.
  4. Add lemon juice according to your taste.

16 comments to Lemon Rasam – Rasam Varieties

  • Sony's kitchen  says:

    like the lemon flavor !

  • marudhuskitchen  says:

    would be delectable with hot rice…flavourful

  • traditionallymodernfood  says:

    My mom’s fav rasam:-) nice click dear

  • Shobana Vijay  says:

    adding coriander stalks is supeb..Will try tomm.Thanks for sharing

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen  says:

    Lemon Rasam looks so delicious and aromatic. Thanks for share! 🙂

  • Nalini Somayaji  says:

    Inviting superb Rasam…Can be served as soup also…

  • Rachna's Kitchen  says:

    Yummy and tangy rasam. Love the recipe!!

  • jayashree  says:

    looks delicious…rasam is a soul food for us

  • Hema  says:

    As you said, very refreshing and delicious..

  • Jeena  says:

    Tangy delicious rasam , my mother likes it a lot

  • padma  says:

    Rasam is always my favourite comfort food:)…I can smell the rasam from here and love the lemony flavour:)

  • Suja  says:

    Very nice rasam!!! Nothing can sooth you than a hot homemade rasam !!!

  • Cecilia  says:

    I admit, this is the first time I heard of Rasam, but it sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  • gayathri  says:

    comforting rasam.tempting.

  • Maha  says:

    Hmm.very easy n at the same time delicious rasam too.

  • Shweta  says:

    Tomorrow I will try,
    Looking awesome and I should try
    Thanx for sharing

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