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Mar 7, 2011

Paruppu Rasam / Lentil soup

South Indian Meals does not complete without a Rasam. Rasam is nothing but a light, tangy & flavorful soup made using tomato, lentils, crushed whole pepper, jeera/Cumin seeds & Garlic. it can be had as such to treat sore throat, cold & cough and generally its taken along with plain rice. I even love Rasam with Idli, Dosa, UpmaVadai. This Paruppu Rasam is my favorite rasam, so flavorful and filling rasam. 

  1. Thoor dal    1/2 cup
  2. Tomato    1or 2 
  3. Pepper corns   1/4tsp
  4. Jeera/cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
  5. Garlic   2-3 cloves
  6. Dry red chillies    3-4 no.s
  7. Curry leaves     1 twig
  8. Hing    1/4 tsp
  9. Rasam powder     1 tsp (any brand or homemade)
  10. Mustard seeds     1/2 tsp
  11. Oil   1-2 tsp
  12.  salt      as needed.
  • Cook thoor dal along with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles then mash & keep aside.
  • Lightly crush the pepper,garlic and jeera seeds lightly and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a vessel and add mustard seeds allow to pop.
  • Then add the crushed pepper-jeera -garlic ,dry red chillies ,curry leaves and hing powder.
  • Fry them lightly and add the chopped or blended tomatoes and stir well.
  • Then add the mashed dal and mix well.
  • Now add rasam powder with enough salt and stir everything well.
  • Add some chopped coriander leaves and cook in medium flame.
  • When the rasam becomes full foamy (should not boil the rasam) turn off the stove.(see picture)
  • Add some more chopped coriander leaves along with stem and close the rasam with lid.
  • Now the rasam is ready to serve hot with white rice.
piping hot rasam!

I do not like adding tamarind juice to my paruppu rasam...if you want you can add tamarind juice also.


  1. Hi! Looks yummy! Can you estimate how much water is used to cook the dal and turmeric?

    1. I used 160 ml cup to measure dal...for 1/2 cup i use 2 or 2.5 cups of water in pressure cooker for 2-4 whistles and once done..mash well along with its water and use it to make rasam.

  2. Hi! Just a request, if possible can you please mention in your recipes how many people it serves! Thanks a ton! Love your work! Keep it up!

    1. I am adding the details of basic information(like prep time, cook time, servings) of the recipe in my recent recipes, will try to update my old posts too. The above rasam recipe serves 4. Thank you !


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