Lemon Rasam

For the letter L,I was clueless as there is no Tamil ingredients except Lavangam.One of my friend suggested to make Lehiyam.But some of the ingredients are not in stock in my pantry so changed to make something with lemon.Finalised to make lemon sevai with ready made rice noodles.Couple of days before,I boiled the water and added the rice noodles,covered it.As the noodles  needs to remain in the hot water for 10 minutes.But I forgot to put off the flame,and left the kitchen,the noodles cooked mushy and ended up in making payasam.
At last landed in Lemon rasam,a simple comforting food.This is our family's favorite and make it often.Never thought of sharing it in blog and finally did it for today's post.
We have been following this recipe since years, as this rasam doesn't require tamarind it appears in our kitchen during the summer time.
For this specific rasam we don't use garlic and rasam powder.My mom uses pepper,cumin and sambar powder.Also the addition of green chillies makes this rasam more flavorful.Off to the recipe......

                                                                                                              Lemon Rasam

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 6-7 minutes
   Serves ~ 3


2 (medium size)
Toor dhla/thuvaram paruppu
2 tbs
Lemon juice/yelumichai saaru
2-2.5 tbs
1/2-3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
1.5 tsp
1 tbs
Curry leaves/karivepillai few leaves
Coriander leaves/kothamalliroughly chopped

   To  grind coarsely

Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1.5 tsp
1 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagai

   For the tempering
Mustard seeds/kadugu
1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam
a pinch
a pinch
Dried red chilly/varamilagai


  • Cook the toor dhal in a pressure cooker for 4-5 whistles with enough water.After cooking mash the dhal with 1/2 cup of water and keep it aside.Grind the given ingredients to a coarse powder.If the tomatoes are not soft and mushy,pulse it in a blender and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl take the crushed or blended tomatoes and to this add the ground cumin,pepper and green chillies .Then add in the sambar powder,tumeric powder and salt.Add the toor dhal water and coriander leaves.
  • Now heat the pan with oil and splutter the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds,then goes in the asafoetida and red chilly.Add the prepared mixture,let it cook for one boil in a medium flame.
  • Put off the flame and add the lemon juice to it,sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves.Transfer it to a bowl and cover it with a lid immediately.
  • Serve it with white rice and potato fry along with pappad.

    • The amount of lemon juice is personal preference,I used 2.5 tbs to get a nice taste..
    • If you want to add garlic,crush 2 cloves of garlic and add it while the rasam is boiling.
    • The lemon juice needs to be added after put off the flame.The lemon juice should not boil otherwise the rasam will be bitter.
    • While serving the rasam mix it well and serve.


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    Looks like most of us had trouble with L. Sorry to know about sevai mishap, however glad it happened. Now we got to know about this flavorful rasam!!

    Lemon adds a refreshing flavor to rasam. This is a different version to the one we make. I make rasam everyday and will bookmark this to try sometime.

    Sodappals in kitchens are common. this turned out to be awesome.. love it.

    That's some wonderful pictures Nalini. I love how inviting that rasam looks..

    So tempting and fingerlicking dish definitely, very comforting food.

    I made this rasam recently and liked it so much. Need to repeat it. Yours looks so inviting...

    Lemon rasam sounds so flavorful and looks so tempting.Love the clicks .

    Never tried adding sambar powder in rasam. Sounds interesting

    Lemon rasam is new to me and sounds absolutely delicious. Will have to try this some time.

    Delicious rasam, the clicks are awesome:)

    Your rasam is so inviting and the serveware is amazing too. Great pick for L!

    Aromatic and flavorful rasam. One of my favorite.

    was just thinking of making some rasam as I having congestion due to allergies - never before tried lemon variety maybe will do today

    Very comforting side dish for rice. I don't add tour dall in this rasam will give a try..

    sorry to know about sevai mishap. lemon rasam is a very comforting dish on a hot day to have with rice. Super clicks...

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