Tomato rasam recipe

Recipe Categories: Curries I Sambar I Saaru










Tomaro rasam is a quick easy, aromatic rasam, usually known as tomato “Thili saaru” in kannada. There are many recipes for making tomato rasam. This is the most easy and simple recipe to make tomato rasam plus a delicious one. It is a traditional rasam which i learned from my granny and it is loved by all even today. Do try and enjoy this traditional tomato rasam and enjoy it with rice.

Preparation time – 10 min

Cooking time – 15 min

Serves – 4

Ingredients –

To cook –

Tomato – 2 or 3 medium size


To dry roast –

Pepper – 1 tsp

Cumin – 1 1/2 tsp

Other ingredients –

Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp

Garlic – 6 to 7 cloves

Curry leaves – 3 springs

dry red chilly – 2 no’s broken into small pieces

Onion – 1 small chopped finely

Sambar powder – 1 tbs

Jaggery – 1 1/2 tbs grated (adjust to your taste)

Tamarind – small marble size ball

Fresh Coriander – 3 to 4 tbs chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil for seasoning

Method –

To make or to prepare Tomato Rasam –

Add tomatoes in a pan an cook until it becomes and keep ready, remove it from the water and allow it to cool.


Soak tamarind in hot water and set aside.


Heat a pan and dry fry pepper until it it splutter’s, fry it in a medium flame and set aside.


In the same pan add cumin, dry fry until it turns light brown and set aside.


Crush roasted ingredients to a coarse powder and keep ready.


Squeeze boiled tomatoes


Add sambar powder,crushed powder, jaggery, turmeric powder, chopped coriander, into it



Squeeze tamarind and remove the waste from it, add the juice of it.


Add tomato boiled water and add water to your consistency and keep ready.


Crush garlic for tempering


Heat oil for tempering in a vessel, when it is hot add mustard seeds allow it to sizzle, then add crushed garlic, dry red chilies and curry leaves, saute until you get a nice aroma


Add chopped onion and fry until onions turns to translucent.


Add prepared mixture into it, add salt to taste and


Bring it to boil for 6 to 8 min. Switch off the flame, add chopped coriander.


Aromatic Tomato rasam/Tomato thili saaru is ready to serve.


Enjoy Tomato rasam with  rice and accompany it with papad and curries.

You can also try my moong dal rasam recipe, tur dal rasam, pinapple rasam which is easy and tasty.

Notes –

You can add quantity of tomatoes to your choice, and also other ingredients to adjust to your taste.

You can add any sambar powder to prepare this recipe or you can avoid/ skip it and add just roasted and crushed pepper and cumin powder, which also gives a good taste.





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