Jeera Rasam / Cumin Soup

I love rasam . Rice , rasam  and papadam is a perfect combo for me when weather is little cold or when it is raining. And one day i came across this jeera rasam in Viji Varadharajan's book Samayal and liked it.It uses sambar powder instead of regular rasam powder with a little overdose of jeera. Its a digestive so very good to start a meal like a soup in my case i usually end my meal with rasam and rice. I modified the recipe to suit mine and my family's taste. 

For Rasam:

Water  -  2 cups
Sambar Powder  - 11/2 tsp ( please note  not rasam powder)
Tamarind pulp  -   1 tsp or a marble size  , soaked in hot water.
Toor Dal -  1 tbsp or any split lentil of choice
Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp

For Tempering :

Mustard Seeds  - 1/4 tsp
Cumins Seeds  - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves  -  a few
Hing Pw - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 3
Oil - 1 tsp

1. Soak dal and cumin in warm water for 20 minutes.
2. If using tamarind soak it to separately for 20 minutes .
3. Grind dal and cumin with 1/4 cup of water.
4. Mix  dal and cumin paste  in 2 cups of water.
5. Add to it sambar powder, salt and keep on fire.
6. Simmer for 10 minutes and keep aside.
7. Heat oil and add hing and mustard seeds.
8. When mustard pops add cumin , red chilli , curry leaves .
9. Cook for 30 sec and pour over the cumin water.
10. And you are ready to serve.


  1. rasam looks delicious..
    nice cliak combo with rice

  2. We second you Nisha..Rasam, pappadam and rice is a comfort food for sure during cold season..Jeera rasam looks yummy..never tried though..

    Kairali sisters

  3. I love that combo!!!
    rasam looks mouthwatering :)

  4. Very comforting rasam esp during winter and chilly days, would not mind having on other days too. Click is too tempting, might make this rasam today :):)

  5. Great combo dear..Rasam looks delicious...

  6. we too mae jeera rasam but without adding sambhar powder.this version sounds nice.nice variation

  7. Rasam looks so good,liked the bubbly top...

  8. oh Nisha, this rasam looks really yummy..I can just finish it in just one go! Simply Lovely!

  9. jeera rasam looks so tasty.feel like grabbing the bowl of hot soup...

  10. jeera rasam is delish...i make it often too

  11. This is one of my favorite types of rasam, looks delicious !

  12. Rasam looks good Nisha...nice presentation :)

  13. Rasam is one of the best comforting food we have... yours looks delicious

  14. Rasam looks very delicious,love to have this anyday with steaming hot rice..

  15. rasam, pappad and rice is sure a great combo. Lovely pic of rasam.