How to Make Spicy Rasam/Charu - Andhra Version

Rasam is a south Indian soup. It is prepared with tamarind juice or tomato, pepper and other spices. Rasam is a spicy recipe and it is considered to be good for health.
A typical South Indian Meal will never be complete without rasam. Rasam can be taken as a soup or as an accompaniment for rice. It is very simple to prepare and comes under comfort food. This is taken with rice and act as an appetizer or soup during lunch or dinner.


Water 5 Cup (80 tbs)
Tomatoes 3 Large , chopped
Drumsticks 1 Medium , scraped, cut into long pieces
Salt To Taste
Turmeric powder 1/4 Tablespoon
Sugar 1/4 Tablespoon
Green chillies 2 Medium , chopped finely (to taste)
Rasam powder 2 Tablespoon
Coriander powder 1/4 Tablespoon
Tamarind 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , soaked in water for 30 minutes
Coriander leaves 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , chopped
Black pepper 1/4 Tablespoon
For tempering
Oil 2 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 Tablespoon
Curry leaves 15
Red chillies 3 Medium , torn
Asafoetida 1/2 Teaspoon
For garnish
Coriander leaves chopped 2 Tablespoon



1. In a small bowl put the tamarind and add water. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Squeeze it well and strain the pulp. Set aside.


2. In a pot or large pan, pour water. Add the tomatoes, drumstick, salt to taste and turmeric powder. Place it on medium heat and bring it to boil.

3. Put in sugar, green chillies, rasam powder, coriander powder, tamarind pulp and coriander leaves. Stir well till all are well combined.

4. Bring it back to boil and simmer for another 30 minutes. Season with black pepper and continue to cook further for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

5. In a small frying pan, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter. Add the curry leaves, red chillies and asafoetida. Saute for 1 minute and immediately pour into the rasam.


6. In a serving plate or bowl, serve the rasam steaming hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 5

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 156Calories from Fat 73

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g12.3%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 93 mg3.88%

Total Carbohydrates 16 g5.3%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 8 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet