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Rasam - Pepper Water

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Rasam - Pepper Water
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This soup-like side dish is hot but there's nothing to stop you from adjusting the heat to suit your taste. Rasam tastes great with plain boiled rice.


  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dry red chillies broken into halves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic minced fine
  • 1 1/2 can (400 g per can) of diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsps lime/ lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/ sunflower/ canola cooking oil


  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin and mustard seeds. When they stop spluttering, add the garlic, dry red chillies, asafetida, pepper and curry leaves. Fry until the garlic turns pale golden in color.
  • Add the tomato and water. Taste and add salt as needed.
  • Simmer and boil for 10 minutes. Add the lime/ lemon juice and mix well. Turn off the fire.
  • Add the coriander leaves and serve piping hot in cups or in a bowl with rice.
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 2 out of 5
This is 'watered' down rasam, Member ramananrv123

Thuvar dhal is essential for a good rasam. After the tomatoes are cooked, cooked thuvar dhal is added and mashed up.

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