Tomato Rasam

Submitted by: ritu

What is Tomato Rasam?

Tomato rasam is a poplular south Indian cuisine. It is also known as tomato charu and cooked daily as a part of meal in all over South India. Rasam goes great with the dal and rice. Its wonderful sour and spicy taste is liked by everyone.


3-4 tbsp: Red Gram Dal
4 (large & finely chopped): Tomatoes
1/2 tsp: Garlic paste
1-inch piece: Ginger (finely chopped)
1 tsp: Garlic grated
1-2: Green chilies finely chopped
Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp: Turmeric powder
1tsp: Mustard seeds
1tsp: Cumin seeds
1-2 : Whole dried red chili (halved)
A pinch: Asafoetida
Curry leaves few
Chili or pepper powder to taste
2 tbsp: Oil
21/2 cups: Water
Salt to taste


1. Pick, wash and pressure cook the dal and keep side.

2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, dried chili and asafetida. When mustard seeds start to splutter add garlic, ginger, tomatoes and green chilies. Add salt, chili & turmeric powder and a cup: of water. Simmer for 5-6 minutes and add the cooked dal and 11/2 cup of water and bring to boil.

3. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.