Lemon Rasam

by - November 30, 2010


Thuvar Dal (or)  Moong Dal - 1/4 cup
Tomatoes - 2 ~ 3 medium (chopped)
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp or to taste
Green Chili - 2~3 ( Crushed)
Ginger piece - 1" (Crushed)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafetida / Hing - 1/4 tsp
Salt - To Taste   

To Grind Coarsely:

Coriander seed / Dhaniya - 1 tsp
Cumin / Jeeragam - 1 tbsp
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil - 2tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - as required
Cilantro minced - as required.
Garlic pods - 1 ~2 (Optional)

Method 1 with uncooked Dal:
  • Pressure cook Dal with crushed Chili, Ginger, Turmeric powder, Hing & Tomatoes for one whistle.
  • Dry roast Coriander seeds, Cumin & Pepper corn and grind coarsely. 
  • Dilute Cooked Dal with required water & Salt. Heat in medium flame & bring to boil.
  • When mixture starts to boil, Turn off the stove.
  • Heat Oil in a pan & add Mustard seed and allow it to splutter.
  • Add dry roast powder, curry leaves & Ginger pods and Saute for a minute.
  • Add this seasoning ingredients to the Rasam mixture with minced cilantro.
  • Add Lemon juice & mix well.

Method 2 with cooked Dal:

  • In a Pan add Chopped Tomatoes, Ginger, Chili, Hing, Turmeric powder with required Salt & water and heat in medium heat.
  • Dilute Cooked  Dal with required water.
  • When mixture boils add Diluted Dal & cook in medium heat for 5 mins and turn off the heat.
  • Dry Roast Corainder seeds, Cumin & peppercorns and grind coarsely.
  • Heat Oil in a pan with seasoning ingredients & add dry roast powder and saute it  for a minute.
  • Add this to Rasam Mixture with minced Cilantro.
  • Finally add lemon juice to Rasam.
Note: We can omit Tomatoes & can follow the same procedure. 
          Moong Dal will give different taste to this rasam.
          You can add and reduce Lemon juice according to your taste.

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  1. My all time favourite, just love it anytime..

  2. So delicious, perfect with hot rice :)

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  3. I can almost smell it. Looks mouth watering.

  4. superb dish saras, will prepare it soon

  5. tangy tadka rasam..Absolutely wonderful,..Saras, visit my blog for a sweet surprise..


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