Monday, September 19, 2022

26 Rasam Recipes

Rasam can be called as a traditional South Indian soup. It is part of a meal with rice, and traditionally, it is served as sambhar and before curd/yogurt, with an array of veggies. Rasam, instead of being served with rice, can be served as soup, a piping bowl or cup of rasam will give all the warmth and comfort!

Rasam has a special place in every South Indian's heart. From kids to adults, sick or in good health, it is loved by everyone. Mom's and grandmothers' usually mix rasam and rice with ghee and feed to young kids. The juicy and flavorful meal will fill the tummy happy and satiated. Especially, when sick, a cup of thin rasam (Jeeraga rasam) rice, will spring anyone back to health. This unparalleled flavor will linger with everyone who has tasted in that way, no denying that.

The uniqueness of the rasam is the simple blend of spices and a tamarind base. Pepper and cumin are the prominent spices, but coriander and red chilies are also used. Along with dal, rasam powders (will share the recipe soon) are made and the proportions vary from family to family.

A tasty concoction of spices in tamarind base, the rasam is very addictive. It would be hard not to want more of it. Instead of tamarind, lemon can also be used. Lemon rasam is also a traditional rasam. With any sour or tangy base, rasam can be made, like this version with cranberries

Rasam need not be strictly made with tamarind water, dal, and garnished with cilantro. Any tangy produce locally available, and herbs can be used to make delicious and comforting rasam. This round-up post is a compilation of the rasam recipes that you can make with many seasonal produce and herbs. Tempering for rasam uses ghee traditionally, I prefer to use oil sometimes. For a vegan version, use oil for the same.

This is a delicious and interesting rasam made with tart green apples! This is kind of spicy and spiced mulled apple cider! South Indian style! Yes, spicy and with lot of spices! This aromatic, delicious concoction is amazing to sip as such or serve with steaming rice or any other grain! This is vegan!

This is an easy and quick rasam with Indian and Italian flavors! This is vegan and is best served hot with steaming bowl of rice or any grain and  paired with cooked veggies! This will be the ultimate bowl of comfort and can be made in under 30 minutes. This can be had as a soup too!

This has the cauliflowers cooked to perfect crisp texture in a spicy tomato-tamarind broth with aromatic tempering and a garnish of cilantro. This can be served as a soup or with steaming rice or any choice of grain. This is vegan too!

This soupy dill rasam is rich in flavors and very comforting! A piping bowl of this can be had as such or with cooked grains. This rasam has the touch of flavors of Karnataka Cuisine, inspired by the sobasige saaru. For vegan options, use coconut oil instead of ghee for tempering. Here is another version of delicious Dill Rasam.

This is a rich and flavorful rasam made using sesame seeds and coconut. This is amazing to sip like a soup or mix with grains and curry to have like a hearty meal. Ghee is used traditionally for tempering/roasting spices, but this rasam tastes good when coconut or sesame oil is used too. This option makes this a vegan rasam. 

This delicious rasam is flavored with fennel bulbs and fennel seeds. The aroma and taste of this rasam will make you go for second helpings. This simple rasam rich in flavors will make a comforting meal along with a cooked grain and a curry. This can be had like a soup too! Use oil instead of ghee for tempering to make it vegan.

Gooseberry rasam is a delicious and lip-smacking rasam that is easy to prepare and loaded it with nutrients. This is best served with cooked grains and veggies but this simple broth can also be a great soup too!

This is a simple rasam with lovely herbs and has a nutty flavor from the hemp seeds. The herbs give a lovely aroma and flavor to this rasam. This is a vegan rasam. 

This is a very quick rasam  to make but very soothing and comforting, and has lovely garlicky flavor! This rasam doesn't require the traditional rasam spice powder. This can be made in about fifteen minutes.

This is a delicious rasam made with the mighty and tasty jamun fruit aka black plum. The jamun fruits along with freshly ground spices make this rasam the most delicious with perfectly balanced flavors. This is a vegan rasam using oil for tempering.

This is an easy and delicious rasam using kokum, a fruit. This rasam is a simple and comforting spiced up broth with kokum and the taste of this rasam is a great plus! This is also a vegan rasam and uses oil for tempering. This is my version of kokum rasam without jaggery and with a little pepper cumin powder.

Lemongrass rasam is a very refreshing and flavorful rasam . This can be served as a comforting soup as well as with cooked grains and veggies for an ultimate meal! 

Manga or raw mango rasam is a common South Indian spicy broth made with unripe mangoes! This vegan rasam is addictive and is a perfect one to make this mango season.

This is a traditional and quite a different kind of rasam made with dried neem flowers. This tasty rasam has medicinal values too and is a quick and easy one to make! 

This is a traditional rasam recipe, that is soothing for the throat as well as tummy. This rasam is made with omam (Tamil) aka ajwain (Hindi) or carom. This rasam is a perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and pungent flavors.

This rasam made with Persian sour plums taste lip smacking delicious, an easy one to prepare too but with top notch flavors. For a vegan rasam, use oil for tempering.

This is a very tasty spiced broth, aka rasam made with French quatre spices. The notes of the each and every spice, makes this a unique one. For a vegan rasam, do the tempering in oil instead of ghee.

R - Rhubarb Rasam

This is a tasty and lip smacking rasam  made with rhubarb, a spring vegetable. This is an easy to make rasam and is vegan too!

This is a delicious rasam  with a different flavor and protein profile than the regular rasam. Moong sprouts are used in this rasam adding flavor and texture to this rasam. This is easy to make and is vegan too! 

This is a delicious rasam  made with tomatillos and spices. This can be served as a broth to sip, or with cooked grains for a hearty meal with veggies on the side. For a vegan option, use oil for tempering the spices.

U - Ulavacharu/Horsegram Rasam

Ulavacharu is a distinctive and classic dish from the Andhra region made using the cooked horse gram water with a little tamarind and spice. This is a popular food too. This recipe is vegan and can be served with rice and a little cream on top, if preferred.

This is a delicious rasam with bold and spicy flavors, and with a good hint of vetrilai or betel leaves. This vegan rasam has health benefits and aids in gut health. The best way to serve this is with cooked rice along with veggies as a side.

This is a delicious rasam made with simple spices and wheatgrass. This flavorful rasam can be served with cooked grains along with veggies and papad.

This is a unique and delicious rasam made with one of a kind spice blend. This aromatic rasam is a pure comfort for sure when served with grains and can be sipped as a soup.

This is a bold, bright, and flavorful fusion rasam  made with yuzu kosho, yuzu juice, and miso in South Indian style. This vegan rasam is a perfect marriage of Japanese and Indian flavors.

This is a delicious, vegan,  and comforting rasam made with tomatoes and za'atar, a well known Mediterranean spice blend. 

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Za'atar Tomato Rasam

This is a delicious, vegan,  and comforting rasam made with tomatoes and za'atar, a well known Mediterranean spice blend. This is great to be served with cooked grains and veggies, and it is also an amazing choice to sip when the weather is cold.

Za'atar is a Mediterranean spice mixture that has herbs with sesame seeds, sumac, and salt. Thyme, oregano, and marjoram are used commonly and it varies from region to region. Rasam is a spiced broth with spices and herbs. Cumin and pepper are mostly used traditionally with some usage of coriander. Rasam powder has these spices along with red chilies and dal. So, the herb and spice blend za'atar sounds perfect to use in a rasam.

This rasam is a quick one based on tomatoes. If you have cooked dal, this rasam will be ready in ten minutes. Prep work is also less. All you need is the Pepper Cumin powder and za'atar along with turmeric and asafetida. The herbs in za'atar will give a hint of Herb and Hemp Rasam, and the sesame seeds give a little crunch and at the same time the flavors resemble the Ellu Rasam. In total, this is an amazing rasam and it is guaranteed that when you set this on the table, the pot will be empty. No leftovers!

Tomatoes are the base of the rasam. It is good to use tart tomatoes for the perfect flavor balance in this rasam. In case you do not have tomatoes, tamarind extract can be used. 

Coconut oil is used for tempering, any oil can be used. Coconut, sesame, herbs kind of blend well and I chose to do the tempering with it. If a vegetarian version is preferred, ghee can be used.

This is my final share for the theme "A-Z Rasam Recipes" for the blogging Marathon. This rasam with za'atar is the perfect share to end the theme. Below are the links to the delicious rasam recipes that I would highly recommend you to try.


Tomatoes - 1.5 cups, chopped
Water - 2 and 1/4 cups
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Pepper cumin powder - 1.5 tsp
Asafetida -1/8 tsp
Za'atar - 1.5-2 tsp
Toor dal - 1 tbsp

For Tempering

Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Dried red chili - 1, torn
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Asafetida - 1/8 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Pressure cook the dal with quarter cup water and a pinch of turmeric, mash, and set aside.

Puree the tomatoes with a cup of water.

To a soup pot, add the tomato puree, turmeric, and asafetida, bring to a boil, and simmer for 2 minutes.

Add the pepper cumin powder, salt, and remaining cup of water.

When it begins to boil, remove from the flame.

Sprinkle the za'atar on top.

Heat oil in a pan, add the red chilies, and mustard seeds. When it splutters add cumin followed by asafetida and curry leaves. Fry for 30seconds. Add it to the rasam.

Sprinkle with extra za'atar, and serve with cooked grains and veggies.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sweet and Savory Pancake Board

This is the ultimate breakfast or brunch pancake board with sweet and savory pancakes to satisfy everyone's liking. As the same batter can be used to make waffles, add a couple of waffles to further brighten up the choices. This board has something for everyone according to their preferences - like grain-free, savory, sweet, childhood flavors! All the pancakes/waffles are eggless on this board. For vegan options, plant based milk or butter, or maple syrup can be used.

This board features the following pancakes/waffles:

Rose Mochi Pancakes

These are rose flavored soft and chewy eggless mini pancakes with a drizzle of rose cream and rose butter. This is a scrumptious breakfast that is aromatic and flavorful with a unique texture. 

Grain-free moong flour pancakes with orange and saffron flavors is a filling and nutritious pancake that keeps the hunger at bay for long. A drizzle of honey/maple syrup and figs, and of course some whipped are the best toppings.

Fruity pebbles pancake/waffles - Awaken the kid in you with these fruity pebbles pancakes. The cereal added to the pancake makes it tasty and addictive, making great memories. I made a couple of waffles with the same batter as the kids go nuts over this pancake/waffles. Fresh cream, more fruity pebbles, and fruits are great toppings. I made these pancakes in an emoji pan, it can be made in any pan.

Fresh whipped cream is always amazing to serve with pancakes. Cubed butter at room temperature is great to add onto the pancakes. A syrup, like maple syrup or any favorite syrup is a must to indulge. For the rose mochi pancake, a rose flavored cream is the perfect fit. Add a variety of fruits on the board for health, nutrition, and vibrancy. Colored fruits send an open invitation to anyone.

Coming to the last of the variety on this board are the savory garbanzo flour pancakes. This is perfect to add to the board as we may not have a sweet tooth everyday. A savory breakfast is also a most welcomed one here. These are also grain free and can be made into waffles too. We ended up making waffles and waffle bowls too, as it is easy to fill the bowl with lots of toppings and sauces. Bites of this pancake with protein filled paneer, curried hash, fresh kochumber, and sauce - this will make anyone dance!

Curried potato hash is an all-time hit and it is everyone's favorite. This can be added to the savory pancake, along with some pan-fried paneer and bell peppers, and kochumber. Cilantro-yogurt sauce is the perfect one to drizzle on the pancakes/waffles.

If you are looking for other pancake or waffles options, then these Apple Pie Pancakes, Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Boba Pancakes, and Coconut Pancakes/Waffles are great choices. Swap any pancake in the board for these, or make a bigger board including these varieties to entertain a huge crowd.

Tea, coffee, milk, or juice can also be included.

Breakfast boards make everything special! These boards can make the celebration of a special day easier, and also are also a great option when you have guests over, or during holidays. Entertaining is easier. Trust me, this South Indian Breakfast Board did entertain a gang easily. This is also FUN!

Did you know that September is #NationalBreakfastMonth? Breakfast is the special meal of the day and a board makes weekend breakfast special. With tons of options, everyone is easily satisfied. So, Christie is hosting an event in #ourfamilytable group, wherein we share breakfast boards and ideas. This is my share. We share Recipes From Our Dinner Table! Join our group and share your recipes, too! While you're at it, join our Pinterest board, too!

What do you need to make this board?

This board easily served 8. The scrumptious and delicious pancakes keep you satisfied for a long time. You'll need the following:


Moong orange pancakes - 4
Garbanzo flour pancakes/waffles - 4
Fruity Pebbles pancakes/waffles - 8

Toppings and sauces

Rose butter, Rose cream
Whipped cream
Honey/maple syrup
Cilantro-yogurt sauce
Curried Hash - 1cup
Paneer bell pepper fry - 1 cup
Kochumber - 1 cup
Fruity Pebbles cereal
Fresh fruits like sliced bananas, strawberry, mango, blueberries, figs etc.
Tea, coffee, milk, or juice

Flowers for garnish

How to arrange this board?

It is not too hard to make a board. Relax, it's not your final exam! Having fun is the most important.  Listen to your heart, and aesthetically arrange the food in the manner that pleases you the most.

I would suggest arranging the cream, butter, sauces, and toppings first. Check if you are satisfied, else move the cups and determine the spot to place them. It is a great idea to choose a platter that would fit the food that you intend to serve. Too big and too small boards would not work. Based on the quantity of the food, choose the right platter.

Place the pancakes/waffles with the right sauces for them closely as much as possible. 

Add the fruits in the spaces. Add a couple of flowers and herbs to make it inviting. Serve immediately. 

Breakfast Boards