Jeera Rasam

South Indian Jeera Rasam – Have it as a soup or with rice

Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.comJeera Rasam particularly makes me feel good when I have a cold. It is a spicy tamarind based soup flavored with cumin, and hence the name Jeera Rasam (Cumin Seeds Soup). You’ll be surprised to discover just how easy and quick it is to make this soup. It also takes only a handful of ingredients to make. Rasam Powder blend is readily available in the market or you can make your own at home.

You can drink this as a hot and clear soup. Or you can add some hot rice to it and serve with some stir-fried veggies like eggplant or okra or potatoes.    

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Jeera Rasam – Printable Recipe

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Jeera Rasam is cumin flavored tamarind soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
Tamarind Water
  • 2 pieces of dry Tamarind (or 2 tablespoons of thick Tamarind Puree)
  • 1 cup Water
Jeera Rasam
  • 1 cup Tamarind Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Rasam Powder (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin Seeds (jeera)
  • 2 teaspoons Toor Dal (split yellow lentils)
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafetida (Hing)
  • 1 Tablespoon Curry Leaves
Instructions
To make the tamarind water
  1. Roughly tear the tamarind to bits and pour enough water to cover the tamarind.
  2. Heat it either in the microwave or on the stove for 1 minute. (This softens the tamarind and it starts to release its juice)
  3. Let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Pour the water into another bowl
  4. Using your hand, squeeze the tamarind to release its pulp. Filter it out. *You don’t need a sieve of cloth to filter. Just use your hand as barrier from the tamarind. Add enough water to make one cup.
To make the Jeera Rasam
  1. Grind together the dal and cumin to a coarse powder and set aside
  2. To the tamarind water, add rasam powder, salt and mix. Boil it on medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until the raw smell of tamarind goes away.
  3. Add the coarse powder to the tamarind water and let it boil for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  4. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them crackle. Then add the hing, curry leaves and switch off the flame.
  5. Add the tempering onto the rasam pot.
  6. Serve hot – as is or with rice and some stir fried veggies!
  7. This stays well for 3 days in the refrigerator.

Jeera Rasam – step by step recipe

In a bowl, add some tamarind water. Refer to this detailed post for how to extract tamarind water.
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

Add rasam powder, salt and mix. Boil it on medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until the raw smell of tamarind goes away.
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

Grind together the dal and cumin to a coarse powder and set aside
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

Add the coarse powder to the tamarind water and let it boil for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them crackle. Then add the hing, curry leaves and switch off the flame.
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

Add the tempering onto the rasam pot.
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

Serve hot – as is or with rice and some stir fried veggies!
Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.com

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2 Comment

  1. sujata says: Reply

    Tasty recipe…rasam 😉

  2. Janet says: Reply

    Such a wonderful recipe for all who are not south Indians.. easy and quick..thanks 🙂

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