Thakkali(tomato) Soup/Masala Rasam - Tanjore Style

Thakkali soup aka masala rasam is a flavorful,slightly tangy soup infused with the coconut milk.This soup goes very well with the steaming rice accompanied with some spicy vegetable fry.
I have no idea why it is called as soup and its a thinner version of kurma.But this soup no way resembles the tomato soup which is served as an appetizer.
This soup can be made with or without dhal stock like rasam as we prefer later,made it without that one.Lets get into the recipe..................


Shallots(finely sliced )8-10
Tomato2(large size)
Garlic/poondu3 cloves
Green chilly4
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/8tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai1 sprig
Coriander leaves(chopped)as needed

For the seasoning

Cinnamon/pattai1inch piece
Star anise2 petals
Fennel seeds/sombu1/8tsp


Cook the tomatoes with enough water till it becomes soft.Once it becomes cool down peel the skin on the tomato and blend it well in a blender to fine paste.If there is any water left keep it.
Then grind the coconut to fine paste and extract the milk.Pound the garlic and green chillies together to a coarse paste,set it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil and crackle the fennel seeds,then  add the other spices.Add the curry leaves then saute the sliced shallots for a minute.Now add in the crushed garlic and green chilly,saute it.
  • Add in the ground tomato paste and the water left after boiling the tomatoes or regular water

  • Now add the salt and turmeric powder,let it boil for5-6 minutes.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and coconut milk at this point.Cook it for one boil and put off the fire.

  • Serve it with steaming hot rice along with some spicy vegetable fry.


  • If the sourness is not enough after put off the fire add a tsp of lemon juice.
  • Instead of coconut milk,finely ground coconut paste can be used.
  • The dhal stock needs to be added before put off the fire and it doesn't need to boil.
  • Use well ripe tomatoes to get a nice color and sour taste.


wow..tomato kurma looks so inviting...the color of the soup looks so appetizing...perfect with idlis..will try it sometime soon! pretty pot n nice clicks!

wow thats an very very flavorful and delicious rasam :) love the pot and lovely presentation dear !! :) coconut in rasam is something new :)

Masala rasam looks very delicious dear.

That's a nice one to me...will try soon

Very flavourful side dish, my makes this quite often, love it with idlies..

delicious and flavorful gravy dear..

Thakkali soup is an unique south Indian dish with the unique flavour of the robust & tangy tomato gravy which provides health benefits too. One more benefit is that if it is applied overnight, it would benefit your skin. This soup has been traditionally used for detoxification and fever reduction since ancient times. Plus, it's loaded with lycopene - one of the key antioxidants found in tomatoes for fighting against cancerous cells. I bet it's one of the most comforting soups you'll have ever tried - let's face it - it's great for fighting winter blues. Beauty treatments from back home- benefits of applying tomato juice on face overnight. Clear out your skin with Thakkali Soup which has both anti-inflammatory properties and high amounts of vitamin C.

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