31 August 2011

Thakkali Rasam/Tomato Rasam - Onam Sadhya Vibhavangal 11

Today is Atham - the first day to mark the beginning of the ten day long Onam Carnival. This is the day when we begin making the pookkalam (flower carpet). The pookkalam is made to welcome the holy spirit of the legendary King Mahabali. We believe that Mahabali visits each house during Onam. It is said that Lord Vishnu granted this king a wish that he could visit his beloved kingdom and people once a year. Each day we have to wake up early, finish our daily chores and make the flower carpet. This goes on till the 10th day ie The Thiruvonam Day.

Rasam is the South Indian vegetable soup. And this is one of the most simple rasams which can be made in a jiffy.

Tomato - 2
Rasam Powder - 1 tbsp (I used Eastern Rasam Powder)
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red dry chilly - 1
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Salt - as required
Water - 2 1/2 cups

Blanch tomatoes. Peel skin and mash well.
In a pan add 2 cups water. 
Add the tomatoes along with rasam powder and salt for 10 minutes on slow flame.
Once cooked add 1/2 more cup water and continue to cook on slow flame.
Check salt.
When it turns frothy add pepper powder and remove from flame.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters add cumin seeds and dry red chilly.
Pour this over the rasam.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

If you would like to see other Onam Sadhya recipes please click on the links below :
For other Onam Sadhya recipes please click on the link below:
1. Puli Ingi
2. Olan
3. Kalan
4. Pineapple Pachadi
5. Kumbalanga Pachadi
6. Beetroot Achar

7. Koottu-Curry

8. Avial

9. Kaaya Upperi


  1. delicious rasam.. I love to drink rasam than having it with rice.. Its really soothing for your throat..

  2. Rasam looks inviting....delicious..loved the pics..
    Happy Onam...

  3. Thanks Nitha and Soujanya. Onam wishes to you too..

  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww.... mouth watering here.. simply inviting :)
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  5. I can a cup of that rasam any time

  6. rasam looks delicious...perfect with rice

  7. Happy Onam festivities very yummy and spicy rasam.

  8. This is so delicious Rinku. Slurrrp...
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  9. wishing happy onam festivities and rasam looks good !

  10. I can survive for many days with this rasam,simply irresistible..Happy onam to u and ur family Rinku..

  11. mmmm..love rasam..just feel like picking and relishing it.

  12. Mouthwatering Rasam...Tempting clicks.

  13. inviting rasam indeed! Can never say no to rasam!!

  14. Trly comforting Rasam !! And am inviting myself over to your Onam Sadhya this time , dear:-) and happy to follow you as well !
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  15. Wow adipoli rasam..love it any time

  16. Rasam looks so nice and inviting...

  17. Wow Rinku!! Rasam looks stunning ma!! Simply flavourful! Thanks for posting my linky darling :) muah! more stories to follow :)

  18. Beautiful clicks. Nice and hot aromatic rasam.

  19. Seeing your long list of menu.. I am planning to come to your house for Onam Sadhya...
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  20. delicious rasam, sure a comfort dish..

  21. Rasam looks so so inviting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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