Homemade Rasam Powder/Rasam Podi

Indian basics is the theme for the second week of Blogging Marathon#18 and today's recipe is rasam powder.
Rasam is a very comforting food and it is made on almost everyday in most of the South Indian families for lunch or dinner menu.
We make rasam everyday and without rasam our meal won't be complete and satisfied.I always keep the rasam powder in my pantry to make the rasam in a jiffy.
Each family has their own signature recipe to make the rasam powder and rasam,this is my mom's recipe.Now on to the recipe.......


Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu1/2cup
Coriander seeds/varakothamalli1/2cup
Red chilly/varamilagai10nos.
Cumin seeds/jeeragam3/4cup
Black pepper/milagu3/4cup
Curry leaves/karivepillai4-5sprigs


  • Sun dry all the ingredients separately for 2 hours or dry roast all the ingredients separately without changing the color.
  • Powder the toor dhal,red chillies,coriander seeds in a blender to a coarse then add the cumin seeds and pepper to it.Grind it till it becomes grainy.

Store it in a air tight container.

  • Do not grind it to a very fine powder,it should be grainy.
  • First grind the dhal,coriander seeds and red chillies,after adding the cumin seeds and pepper pulse it.
  • While roasting the ingredients make sure it doesn't change the color it should get warm for easy grinding.
  • Instead of roasting or sun drying it can be kept in the microwave for 2 minutes to get crisp.
  • This powder can be stored in room temperature for a month and in the freezer for 6 months.
  • To maintain the freshness and flavor store it in an air tight container or a zip-lock bag.
Simple Rasam using the homemade Rasam powder
This is a very simple rasam which can be made in no time without using any cooked and mashed dhal as the powder has dhal.I make this rasam when I am in a hurry or want to have a comforting dinner.This rasam tastes good with rice along with some potato fry or raw banana fry or some pickle and chutney.


Tomato1no.(medium size)
Tamarind paste11/2tsp(diluted with 11/2cups of water)
Rasam powder2tsp
Garlic/poondu2 cloves(crushed)
Red chilly(broken)1no.
Curry leaves/karivepillai1sprig
Coriander leavesas needed
Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/8tsp
Saltto taste

  • Chop the tomatoes to fine pieces and in a bowl take the tamarind water,add the chopped tomato.
  • Add in salt,rasam powder,crushed garlic,coriander leaves and mix it well.
  • Heat a pan with oil and do the tempering with mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds,add a pinch of asafoetida,turmeric powder,broken red chilly and curry leaves.Then add the prepared tamarind water to it and cook it for one boil.
  • Transfer it to a bowl,add coriander leaves and close it with the lid.
  • Simple rasam is ready to serve.

  • Do not cook the rasam for a long time,it will change the taste.
  • Here I used the store bought tamarind paste,if you are using the tamarind a big gooseberry size can be used for the given measurement.
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looks nice... in my home always home made rasam powder which makes by mom....

Very pretty pictures Nalini..you really get the spice powder reach out!

neat presentation.. spicy powder..

now I wont have to buy the packaged powders :)

will def try this....pictures look amazing

the curry leaves was a new addition for me; looks and sounds yum! :-)

awesome recipe for rasam powder

Can't live without rasam and homemade powder is the best.Nice recipe and beautiful clicks..

neat presentation and awesome rasam powder.

Homemade rasam powder is always the best, my comforting food.

Its been long time i made such homemade spices...pretty pictures n nice presentation...love this simple rasam !
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Flavorful powder and yummy looking rasam...Nice clicks..

home made rasam powder always tastes the best! Very beautiful pictures!

Mmmm... delicious and comforting rasam. Thanks for rasam powder recipe.

Was thinking to make rasam powder at home...this recipe would help me..Good one

For this Indian basics every one have their own messurments. I generaly don't use red chillies it depends on the recipe too rasam looks soinviting.

Love your presentation. Amazing pictures and I love home made powders.

Love rasam in any form. I make them once in a week so as to not lose the flavors..

super!..I am a great fan of rasam...and have made the pwd only once..always call for it from Chennai...but I guess its high time I made it..thanks for sharing.

Love rasam anytime of the year.. Rasam looks great!

rasam looks delicious and tempting.

A handy powder that's a must in my kitchen too.
We use the same spices but in different proportions.

I live in Chennai, and I have had rasam very often, and can say that this is a great recipe. yum.

l live in gujrat but love Rasam looks great!in anytime ;-)

Coriander seed plays an important role in rasam powder.It mostly uses in South India.The best flavor can be obtained by briefly roasting the seeds before grinding them..

Fantastic Post! Lot of information is helpful in some or the other way. Keep updating fenugreek seed powder

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