Kasturi June 29, 2022

Rasam- a popular dish of South India. There are different types of rasam – Lentil Rasam, garlic rasam, lemon rasam and more. Chili rasam is very spicy and special recipe for chili lovers. In this recipe I have used red chilies you can also make the same recipe with green chilies or with using both read and green chilies. Also, as per your taste you can use cooked dal. Traditionally, cooked dal is not added to this rasam. It may be added for a thicker consistency.


– 1/4 cup pigeon peas (Tuvar/arhar-optional)
– 1 medium lime-sized ball of tamarind
– 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
– Salt to taste


– 3-4 teaspoon sesame oil
– 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
– 4-5 round, dried red chilies, halved
– 1/2 cup pigeon peas (tuvar/arhar)
– 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi)
– 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing)


– 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves

How To Cook?

1. Wash dal (if you used it) and drain. Place dal in a pressure cooker with 1 cup water. Cook under pressure for 5 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup water to cooked dal, whisk well and set aside.
3. Soak tamarind in 3 cups water for 10 minutes. Extract juice and discard pulp.
4. Now, Heat oil tempering in a frying pan over LOW heat. Add remaining Ingredients for tempering in the given order.
5. When mustard seeds splutter and dal turns golden, mix in tamarind juice, turmeric powder and salt.
6. Bring to boil and lower the heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, till dal is cooked and become soft.
7. Mix in cooked dal and simmer for 5-6 minutes, till well blended
8. Add more water if rasam is too thick
9. Garnish rasam with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice.

Soaking Time: 10 Minute
Preparation Time: 10 Minute
Cooking Time: 50 Minute
Servings: 4-6 Person