Thursday, March 4, 2010


The people, who are from south India, must be knowing that, the best rasam is prepared by Tamalians and that to Iyengar Rasam is very famous. At my home samber can be replaced with anything but nothing in place of rasam.My grandmother in law (who has just turn her 80th year) and my mother in law use to prepare variety of rasam with different ingredients. Even the powder (Podi), use in our rasam, is to be prepared, at home and very soon I will post the recipe of it. The method of preparing Iyengar rasam is very important. We need to be very careful for all the ingredients use in this along with cooking timings. Today I am sharing one of very popular rasam, which is prepared very commonly, in Iyengar’s wedding.

I am posting this for NITHU''S ongoing event

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes (Approximately)

Cooking time: 20 minutes (Approximately)

Serve – 4 persons


Tomatoes-2 in medium

Cubed Pineapple-1 cup

Cooked Red Gram (Toor) Dal-1/4 cup

Salt-to taste

For making rasam powder

Bengal gram (channa) dal-2 tabs

Coriander seeds-4 tabs

Dry Red Chilli-4-5 (or as spicy as you need)

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Pepper corn-1tsp

For seasoning the rasam you need

Ghee-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Asafetida-1/2 tsp

Broken green Chillies-2

Curry leaves-few

For Garnishing

Coriander leaves


• Dry roast all the ingredients, I have mentioned for rasam powder, in low flame, till it turn to light golden brown colour.

• Grind this to a fine powder.

• Take tomatoes and grind it to puree.

• Now in the cooking vessels put this tomato puree along with ½ cup water and salt.

• Bring this tomato puree to boil in low flame.

• Once tomatoes leaves its raw smell then add 4 tabs of the rasam powder, what you have prepared in first two steps, if some powder left out then you can use this for making some other rasam also. Boil it for 2-3 minutes (not more than this)

• Now crushed the pineapple cubes by hand.

• Mashed the cook red gram dal nicely with ½ cup water.

• Now add crushed pineapple and mashed dal together to boiling tomato water.

• Keep the flame very low.

• You will see the rasam will start making forth on the top.

• Allow only one or two boils to come. Take it off from flame.

• Now heat another pan and add all seasoning ingredients.

• When cumin seeds change colour then add it to rasam.

• Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.

• Serve hot with hot rice.


• Before preparing, this rasam you need to balance the quantity of tomatoes and Pineapple.If the pineapple you are going to use, is sweet in taste then add 2 tomatoes for the rasam but if pineapple is sour then reduce the quantity of pineapple or tomatoes according to you taste or else the rasam will turn very sour.

• Instead of making rasam powder what I have mentioned above you can also use readymade rasam powder.

• Remember to season only with cumin seeds and ghee, no mustard seeds and oil should be used in this.


Padhu Sankar said...

Perfect entry for the event.I have never tried pineapple rasam though have tasted it.Looks great

Parita said...

Lovely flavorful rasam!

abhi said...

it looks so good n delicious... :)

Namitha said...

Great entry..Never had resam with pineapple..But I like it's falvor in other curries ,so I'm sure I'll like this too

Jyoti V said...

Wow looks yumm...We too make gojju like this...perfect for the event...

Gomathy S said...

Very good entry for the event.. looks nice..

uma said...

haven't heard of it.. looks delicious..

Swathi said...


Pineapple rasam looks yummy. I haven't tried it. We used to make other curry with pineapple so this will also taste good.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Rasam looks very delicious and yummy!!! Love fruits in Rasam a perfect entry for the event!!!

Priya Suresh said...

Awesome rasam, looks fantastic... said...

..hi I am visiting ur blog for the first time.. Rasam is something I always wanted to learn n I think this is the best recipe I came across.. thanks..

Arv said...

Hi Subhashini,

Thanks for the visit.

Its nice to drop into another culinary blog... Being a foodie, am gonna be a regular here..

as for the pineapple rasam recipe, its gonna go str8 to home; we have had it oat functions and marriages but never at home (tomato rules :P) :)

Nice to meet you in blogsville...

take care... have a nice day...


Meena said...

Pineapple rasam is a fab idea! love it...

Sushma Mallya said...

Rasam with pineapple sounds great & interesting...

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

so interesting recipe..colorful n delicious!!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Pineapple rasam sounds very interesting...looks very tasty too...I'll try this soon :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

I used to enjoy this rasami in weddings but never tried at home and pineapple is in my regular grocery list. Sure to make soon. Thanks for sharing.


Ganga Sreekanth said...

lovely pineapple rasam.....

Deepa G Joshi said...

slurrp..lovely pineapple rasam..too good.