Tomato Rasam - Andhra Style

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4-5 red chillis
  • 1/2 spoon black pepper
  • 1 spoon coriander seeds
  • 2 garlic pods
  • 5 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 pinches ground dried turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind
  • 3 medium size tomatoes, finely  chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 spoon fenurgreek, cumin and mustard seeds


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the a pinch of fenugreek seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, black pepper, crushed garlic pod, curry leaves and mustard seeds. As they start to sputter, add tomatoes and cook till they are soft.
  2. Add water, salt, turmeric and tamarind and let all the ingredients boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Now in a coffee grinder, crush black pepper, coriander seeds and a garlic pod coarsely and add to the rasam. Let it boil for just 2 min and switch off the stove and add corainder leaves and cover it with a lid. Tomato rasam is ready! This tastes super good and is very healthy!

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