Tomato Rasam – Thakkali Rasam

January 28, 2016 Rasam VarietiesTamil New Year RecipesTomato  12 comments

Rasam is always a breeze to make. This Tomato Rasam is no exception to it. The quickest and the most favourite lunch menu for us would be rasam and potato fry. I normally do not store rasam powder as we prefer to have rasam with freshly ground powder. The freshly ground powder does add magic to the rasam. I just make sure to have some minor changes in my rasam powder every time I make it. This Tomato Rasam is also an easy, flavourful and quick rasam.

Do check my other Rasam recipes too:

Plum Rasam

Paruppu Rasam

Lemon Rasam

Orange Rasam

Now to the recipe of Tomato Rasam..



[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 15 mins]


  • Tomato – 2
  • Tamarind paste – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Coriander leaves – few

To grind into a coarse powder :

  • Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
  • Jeera/Cumin – 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves

To temper:

  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Jeera/Cumin – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Curry leaves – few





  • Wash and chop the tomatoes. In a bowl add the tomatoes, tamarind extract, required water, salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida. Keep it aside. Now take coriander seeds, pepper and jeera in a mixer.

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  • Grind it coarsely and then add the garlic cloves. Just pulse it once or twice. Add the rasam powder to the tomato mixture. Check for salt.

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  • Heat it over medium flame and bring it to a boil. It will be frothy. Switch off the flame and add fresh coriander leaves. Now heat a pan and add ghee. Temper with mustard, jeera, dry red chilli and curry leaves. Transfer it to the Tomato Rasam and close it to lock the flavours.

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Thats it!! Flavourful Tomato Rasam is ready!!

Serve hot with rice!!





  1. Do not boil Tomato Rasam for a long time. Just switch it off when it turns frothy.
  2. U can add a few coriander stalks while grinding the rasam powder.
  3. Adjust tamarind paste according to the tanginess of the tomato u are using.
  4. Tempering with ghee gives a unique flavour. U can use oil if u dont prefer ghee.

12 comments to Tomato Rasam – Thakkali Rasam

  • veena  says:

    perfect comforting rasam hot steamed rice

  • Moumita Malla  says:

    So tempting dear.I can finish it within a second

  • Gloria  says:

    Rasam and hot rice a delicious comfort meal..looks so yumm dear

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen  says:

    Love all your authentic South Indian dishes, and this one is no exception. Loved it, Sudari. 🙂

  • swathi  says:

    Tomato rasam looks delicious my favorite.

  • marudhuskitchen  says:

    picture perfect rasam..super good

  • Priya  says:

    Simple yet delicious recipe I must say

  • Traditionallymodernfood  says:

    Can someone say no for rasam.. This a default winner.. Perfect dear

  • Jeena  says:

    Such a mouth tempting, tangy rasam. Surely passing this recipe to my mother, as she is a big rasam fan…

  • Bharti Puri  says:

    Hi I like your every dishes I want to no how to cook chana or chickpeas in south Indian style

  • Indira  says:

    VERY nice tasty and apitising

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