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Garlic rasam, poondu rasam recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
 I always make rasam  by adding toordal and without garlic. We call it tomato rasam/parupu rasam.  My mom makes the garlic rasam when we were running out of cold and cough and during rainy day nights. We all love to have with hot steamed rice and garlic rasam with simple papad only.
Here comes the recipe of  GARLIC RASAM. Check out my pineapple rasam recipe too. The recipe of garlic rasam updated with video.

Garlic rasam recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 Mins |Serves: 3-4

     Tamarind   a small gooseberry sized
     Tomato  2
     Garlic   4 -5 cloves
     Pepper  1 tsp
     Cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
     Oil   1 tsp
     Curry leaves   few
     Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
     Asafoetida  a pinch
     Red chili   2
    Coriander leaves  few
    Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
    Salt  as needed
                                                 Video of Poondu rasam


Poondu rasam recipe


  • In a wide vessel add a small gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Add little coriander leaves.
Garlic rasam recipe
  • Grind 2 tomatoes and filter this through a metal strainer by adding 1 cup of water.
  • This will give a clear rasam without making it cloudy. If you want you can add as it is.
Poondu rasam recipe
  • Grind the pepper, cumin seeds and curry leaves coarsely.
  • Add this to the vessel.
poondu rasam jeyashri's kitchen
  • Peel the skin of the garlic and slightly crush them using a mortar and pestle and add it to the vessel.
Garlic rasam step by step
  • Tear 2 red chili and drop it in the tomato mixture.
  • Add turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • With clean hands nicely mix the tomato mixture for 2 minutes. This will bring out the flavours of the ingredients.
Garlic rasam recipe with video
  • Transfer this to a pan and cook this till it froths up. Keep the flame low.
  • Once it froths up switch off the flame.
  • Temper with mustard seeds and add some coriander leaves.
  • You can add few chopped tomatoes in the top.
  • cover it and keep for 5 minutes and then serve the garlic rasam with hot rice.
south indian rasam recipes
  1. Instead of grinding the tomatoes you can finely chop them and add.
  2. You can a grind few coriander leaves along with pepper, cumin and curry leaves.

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Ramya March 20, 2011 - 6:30 am

Looks perfect…Rasam with hot rice…slurp..nothing better than that:-)

Padhu March 20, 2011 - 6:33 am

Love this rasam with hot rice and any fried curry but as you have written potato is a great combination.looks yummy

Reshmi March 20, 2011 - 6:36 am

my fav, rasam and steamed rice.. perfect combo!!

Priti March 20, 2011 - 6:53 am

I always add garlic and this is way I make my rasam 🙂 plus ginger …nice pics dear

Aruna Manikandan March 20, 2011 - 9:20 am

rasam looks perfect dear….
nice clicks 🙂

simply.food March 20, 2011 - 10:05 am

This rasm looks delicious and healthy too Awesome click.

Premalatha Aravindhan March 20, 2011 - 10:51 am

I Badly need this rasam now,love ur version…Cute Copper Tumbler Jeyashri and nice presentation with the garlic bag:)

Jay March 20, 2011 - 11:02 am

that looks super flavorful…nice clicks..
Tasty appetite

Saraswathi Iyer March 20, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Looks comfortable for this weather. delicious.

SravsCulinaryConcepts March 20, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Very inviting and delicious rasam !!! Perfect clicks !!

divya March 20, 2011 - 2:24 pm

hat looks super flavorful…nice clicks..

Krithi's Kitchen March 20, 2011 - 2:41 pm Reply
Pushpa March 20, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Hot and delicious garlic rasam.

Reshmi Mahesh March 20, 2011 - 4:52 pm

Super yummy and hot rasam…great with rice…


Sonali Pradhan March 20, 2011 - 5:10 pm

rasam looks just delicious…will try out surely sometimes !


Sushma Mallya March 20, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Loved the presentation Jaishree….rasam looks so delicious!

Priya March 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Such a flavourful rasam, truly comforting..

Torviewtoronto March 20, 2011 - 6:19 pm

i like this delicious rasam looks wonderful

USHA March 20, 2011 - 11:21 pm

Perfect on cold and cool days too..

After travelling for long in flight, once we land in U.S we really crave to have one mouth of hot rasam rice atleast/////

Thanks for sharing.

Neenu Praveen March 21, 2011 - 1:13 am

Ths one s new recipe to me..nice vessel..

Tina March 21, 2011 - 2:14 am

bookmarking this recipe…looks yummy..

RAKS KITCHEN March 21, 2011 - 3:05 am

I almost make rasam with garlic every time, but just ad one or two,this recipe is quite different from the way I make garlic rasam,will try making this way once!

Nithya March 21, 2011 - 3:37 am

Now that is simply fantastic. I love garlic flavor in anything and that too in rasam, I just cant resist eating 🙂 we used to make a different version and I remember days when I used to fight for my share of garlic from the rasam 🙂 yummmm

VS March 21, 2011 - 4:06 am

My favorite rasam. I love them with crispy vendakai kari.

Sharmilee! :) March 21, 2011 - 4:19 am

Luv garlic flavour in almost anything and his rasam looks soothing n comforting

Shanthi March 21, 2011 - 4:35 am

Rasam , pathiram rendum suuuuuper

Rekha shoban March 21, 2011 - 5:13 am

healthy n nice flavour rasam!!

lata raja March 21, 2011 - 6:19 am

I agree with Shanthi above, rasam paathram rendum super and like RAKS said this is differently cooked than how I do. Will have to try this one too.

Prathibha March 21, 2011 - 6:53 am

I love garlic rasam..we do not add tomato for garlic rasam, but we add garlic to tomato rasam..ha ha..we have lots of recipes for rasam n I made tamarind rasam with garlic for lunch 2day…loved that ragi glass..

Sush March 21, 2011 - 11:13 am

I too love garlic rasam, but as Prathibha said, I never tried adding tomatoes to it. Will try your version sometime.

Sushma Mallya March 21, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Thanks Jaishree for ur appreciations shown truely matters a lot ….I tried ur Potato curry this weekend was amazing, loved every bite ot it:)

Laavanya March 21, 2011 - 1:37 pm

I add everything – garlic, paruppu, tomatoes, puli everytime i make rasam – i must try to just bring out the flavour of one ingredient like this recipe. Hope to try soon.

aipi March 21, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Great recipe n the picture is just stunning!!

US Masala

PALATABLE March 21, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Tasty rasam! This is my favorite too…


Malar Gandhi March 21, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Perfect comfort food…I like your vessel, luks different and nice

Eat Hearty March 21, 2011 - 6:12 pm

I love southIndian food and this one looks so inviting 🙂
Happy to follow u..


Now Serving March 21, 2011 - 6:57 pm

one of the most loved rasams in our home – we actually love Rasam any day – Love th pics – I grind my garlic since otherwise it may be set aside by my kids 🙂 lovely post

Sathya Sankar March 21, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Rasam looks so delicious, such a comfort food!

Sukanya Ramkumar March 21, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Sounds like a comforting bowl of rasam. Nice picture. Looks so good. YUM!

Mano Saminathan March 22, 2011 - 4:14 am

Yes, definitely this rasam will be delicious to all, especially for the people who are affected with fever and severe cold. Recipe as well as photographs are perfect and nice!

Priya's Feast March 22, 2011 - 6:20 am

My fav rasam..I am drooling on the pic,jeyashri

Babli March 22, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Rasam is my all time favourite. Looks yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

Kitchen Flavours March 22, 2011 - 12:23 pm

Saw in blogs…but never tried this….looks yum…

Pavithra March 22, 2011 - 3:03 pm

If u give that glass for me ..i can drink it like that..love it a lot… absolutely yummm 🙂 Wonderful pictures.

deepika March 22, 2011 - 7:15 pm

my fav……..

CMCK January 20, 2012 - 7:51 pm

Hi Jeyashri..I tried this out today and it turned out awesome! it was garlicky & easy to prepare (but I did feel that the amt of pepper was a bit high)…anyone down with cold or fever will love this.

CMCK January 20, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Hi jeyashri ..I tried this out today and it turned out awesome. Anyone with cold /fever will love it…it was v easy to prepare & tasted garlicky!
although I did feel the amt of pepper mentioned is a bit high for my taste…

VK June 28, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Awesome Rasam Recipe Jeyashri! Simple yet sumptuous!Made it y'day for lunch and it tasted divine! Clicks are stunning and very attractive!

Nimisha May 31, 2013 - 10:55 am

can u tell me why u have not dry -roasted the spices…can we dry roast them or we have to use them raw only for this recipe …..

admin May 31, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Generally we won't roast the spices. i never tried roasting this. You can give it a try

Vijay Sridharan July 13, 2013 - 9:51 am

simple n tasty rasam

Anu March 29, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Awesome and yummy! Kids loved the taste and thank you Jayshree!

Divya November 24, 2015 - 11:48 am

Run out of meaning-Definition-what is run out: to finish, use, or sell all of something, so that there is none left.

Swathi Thiagarajan March 18, 2017 - 10:41 am

Tried this today and came out extremely well! Thank you Jayshree.. always wanted the recipe to this type of rasam, though we make almost every other type of rasam at home ?

Sriram Sethuraman April 4, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Tried this rasam today and it was very tasty and very easy to make


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