A spicy-sweet-sour Rasam, the result of a traditional recipe, with a flowing consistency often eaten with rice or can be opted as a soup. This is a must in most South Indian households. A serving of Rasam and rice leaves us with nothing more to ask for. Rasam has its distinct taste, which might be a result of the juice of the absorbed ingredients. Be it a traditional lunch or included in our daily staple food, Rasam is usually found accompanying almost every meal.

Rasam being a soul food for most of us, with Rasam powder as the secret ingredient and the traditional rasam recipe to make this delicious food, it is often sought to be homemade. When the flavours connect to each one of us, our homes, and our hearts distinctively, there’s no reluctance to call out for ‘more’.

So, at Sweet Karam Coffee, our Rasam Podi (powder) is made with love, and with the skilled and magical hands of our home chefs that come together in the art that is rasam making with Rasam Powder as passed on by traditions bygone.

Our Rasam Podi is made without onion, garlic, or any preservatives. Sweet Karam Coffee brings you the best of both worlds, taste and health benefits, with this traditional South Indian Rasam Powder Recipe. Order your share of it, or take some home with you, and relive those moments when these Podis were just made at home. Relish back on the taste that is Rasam.

Health Benefits of Rasam

  1. Promotes Digestion:

Because of the black pepper, the stomach produces more acid that aids in digestion and prevents gas, flatulence, and diarrhoea. It prevents constipation as well. Tamarind which is rich in fibre and can be found in Rasam eases your bowel movements and constipation.

  1. Rich is vitamins and minerals:

Rasam is very rich in vitamins essential to us like folic acid, Vitamin A and C, thiamin, niacin, etc, and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper and selenium.

  1. Speeds up recovery:

The vitamins and minerals present in Rasam helps boost the immune system and speeds up your recovery health-wise and prevents other sicknesses and diseases. Rasam is even said to have anti-cancer properties. (1)

  1. Rich in Antioxidants:

Rasam is rich in antioxidants that prevent the activities of free radicals. The tamarind present in Rasam is rich in antioxidants, and it promotes anti-ageing. It helps reduce any wrinkles or fine lines as well as adds a youthful glow and suppleness to your skin.

  1. Promotes weight loss:

If you’ve been searching for a way to begin your fitness journey, or you’ve been looking for something to add to your dietary plan during your fitness journey, then Rasam is for you. The black pepper increases your body’s metabolism that burns extra weight.

How to make Rasam with Rasam Powder

Step1: Buy your Rasam Powder or make your Rasam powder at home.

How to make your Rasam Powder (optional)

  • Roast 1½ tbs of Chana Dal until golden brown.
  • Dry roast with these ingredients: Coriander seeds (1½ tbs), Methi seeds (¼ tsp), Black pepper (½ or ¾), and Dried chillies (1 or more).

Step2: Soak tamarind in enough hot water (you would need the water later) for 30 minutes. Chop 3 to 4 tomatoes or puree them. Set them aside for later. 

Step3: Using ghee or oil, add the following ingredients when it gets hot: Mustard seeds (½), Cumin seeds (¾), Methi seeds (1 pinch), Hing (1 pinch), Dried chilli (1 or more).

Step4: When the spices start to splutter, add curry leaf (1 sprig), garlic (4 or none if you desire).

Step5: Add your chopped or pureed tomato here, Salt (¾ or as desired), and Turmeric (⅛). Saute until the tomato turns mushy or until cooked.

Step6: Add your rasam powder, bought or homemade and saute again. If it needs more time, cover it with a lid.

Step7: Add the water extract from your tamarind according to how thick or thin you want your Rasam. You can add sugar and hing here if you so desire.

Step8: Boil on medium heat until it turns frothy. At this point, you can reduce the flame and add some coriander leaves, or turn off the flame and garnish your Rasam with coriander leaves.

Step9: For a better taste, cover with a lid and let it sit for 30 minutes for a better taste.

Step10: Serve and enjoy alone or with plain rice or appetiser.

If you want to leave the cooking to professionals then, you’ve come to the right place. Sweetkaramcoffee.in is our online store for homemade food where you can order at ease from anywhere across India, and have this homemade happiness delivered to your home just for you. 

  1. The Rasam Podi - The original Rasam
  2. Kollu Rasam Podi - Homemade Rasam Podi made with Horse gram
  3. Seeragam Mislagu Rasam Podi - Cumin, Pepper Rasam Podi

And not just this, if you are looking for more food that holds tradition, you are at the right place to be.

Also Read:

Rasam The Healing Potion

Paruppu Podi - Quick Fix Comfort

Sambar Powder - There is never a no for some steamy hot Sambar

- Article by Varsha Thammaiah

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