In a wide vessel add small gooseberry-sized tamarind soaked in warm water for 10 minutes.
Add little coriander leaves.
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 it as it is.
Grind the pepper, cumin seeds, and curry leaves coarsely.
Add this to the vessel.
Peel the skin of the garlic and slightly crush them using a mortar and pestle and add it to the vessel.
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 flavors of the ingredients.
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 to the top.
cover it and keep for 5 minutes and then serve the garlic rasam with hot rice.