07 March 2013

Spicy Rasam - Best Remedy for Cold

I have been down with cold and fever the last week. Rasam is something that gives instant relief for the cough and cold. It is a natural cure. I could feel the throat clear and my cough gone. It even clears your blocked nose.An instant relief. It is a must try recipe. Just sip it down or enjoy with rice.
I can have rice with just rasam. It was a hit at home. I was so happy to see my younger son enjoying rice with rasam. Now I know what to make when they fuss about having rice. :)


For dry roasting

Dry Red Chilly - 4
Pepper (whole) - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 8 cloves
Cumin Seeds - 1 tbsp

Tomato - 4 medium size
Tamarind - size of a small gooseberry
Water - 1 cup + 1/2 liter
Curry Leaves - 1+ 1 sprigs
Coriander Leaves - 5 stalks
Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - As required


Heat a small kadai or pan. Dry roast in the order given - First the dry red chilly for approx 6 secs, then pepper, garlic and last cumin seeds. Keep stirring till the ingredients are heated and begin to splutter.
Remove and transfer to a dry grinder. Grind it. Keep aside.
In the meantime, cook the tomato along with the tamarind in 1 cup water for 5 minutes.
Remove the tomato and add it to the ground masala. Grind it along with 1 stalk curry leaves and 5 stalks of coriander leaves. Ground it coarse.
Add the ground masala  to the water with the tamarind. Add the remaining water and bring it to boil. Add salt.
Heat a seasoning pan. Add oil. Tip in the mustard and let it splutter. Reduce flame to very low.
Add 1 stalk of  curry leaves, turmeric, asafoetida. Stir well. Add it to the rasam mixture.
Serve hot with rice or in a glass.

You can increase the level of pepper by 1/2 tsp if you like it really spicy.
Use ripe tomatoes.


  1. wooo love it ..!!

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  2. looks really sumptious... more than having it with rice, i also prefer to drink it... :)

  3. lovely glass :) if u give me rasam for the whole day i am the happiest person in the world :)

  4. looks perfect...i love Rasam with plain Rice...good spicy Rasam...

  5. this would be perfect on a cold and rainy day like today :)

  6. wow..delicious and tempting .gorgeous clicks..

  7. wow i badly need this a glass:) wonderful Presentation...

  8. I love rasam but never maket hem at home , wish i had this with hot rice and pickles.

  9. wow, love this rasam anytime cold or not :) Please do send it to my "Healthy Me & Healthy Us" event. Please do read the event rules :)

  10. Mm... perfecto! love the use of dark background for the pictures.. Gives a warm and cozy feel for the rasam..
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  11. Such a comforting food, prefect for the cold weather and sore throat.

  12. Rasam is one of my fav's and the way you have presented it is really beautiful...

  13. I can also eat rice with just rasam...yours look perfect dear and loved your clicks too...

  14. Wow...rasam looks yummy,...rasam is my family's favorite too...:-)

  15. Rasam looks so yummy....my family's all time favorite......nice presentation... :-)

  16. Rasam and rice with any poriyal is my favourite meal.

  17. Looks delicious!! Love hot rasam any day!

  18. Hi Rinku, this is a visual treat and sure it is yummy with the spice kick. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  19. Rasam looks very healthy and delicious. Nice photos!

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    Rasam is like the Indian version of chicken soup. It makes everything better! Love the clicks.

  21. looks delicious!I always like rasam,your pictures are so beautiful

  22. Yummy rasam. I also drink rasam when I have any probs. It is my comfort food.

  23. The rasam looks so good Rinku. I didn't know abt it being a remedy for cough and cold. Love the pics :)

  24. amazing one....beautiful clicks....
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  25. There is nothing in the world that could comfort me than a good bowl of rasam, sometime:) Nice pictures there...loved your work:)

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  26. That Rasam looks very hearty and delicious. Lovely!

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  28. delicious and spicy rasam.

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