Poondu Rasam (Milagu Siraga Rasam)


Rasam is my comfort food. This quick rasam tastes great. Usually if I cook heavy lunch/ eat out for lunch, that night I mostly opt for this rasam. Like milagu kuzhambu, during sick days, a cup of rasam is a great healer from sick feel and tasteless tongue
Poondu Rasam (Milagu Siraga Rasam)
Tamarind – small gooseberry size ball
Garlic – 3 cloves, peeled and chopped
Tomato – 1 chopped
Water – 2 cup + 1/2 cup
Whole black pepper – 1/2 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Toor dal – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves – few
Salt – as needed
To temper:
Ghee -1 tsp
Mustard -1/4 tsp 
Cumin seeds – 1/4  tsp 
Curry leaves – few


  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 15-20 minutes. Keep the tamarind soaked water for rasam and put the tamrind in the blender/mixie
  • Add whole black pepper,  cumin seeds, toor dal, salt and garlic cloves to the mixie jar which has tamarind, and blend into a paste by adding little water
  • Add ghee to the pan, once the ghee becomes hot add the ingredients in “to temper” and let it splutter
  • Add the spice – tamarind paste to the pan


  • Add 2 cups of water, tomato, turmeric powder and coriander powder and continue cooking. Cook till the raw smell of tamrind goes


  • Add 1/2 cup of water and cook the rasam till it starts frothing. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and Serve hot with steamed rice or have it as a soup



  • Remove the impurities/seeds in tamarind before grinding them
  • Adjust the water according the consistency in which you want your rasam
  • Instead of pulsing tamarind along with spices can also grind the spices and use tamrind extract

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25 thoughts on “Poondu Rasam (Milagu Siraga Rasam)

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  2. Francesca Trucco February 21, 2015 at 1:24 AM Reply

    How useful is this comfort zone food!! Thanks

  3. Maha February 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM Reply

    I love rasam vth hot white rice..This só tempting

  4. Sathya @Mykitchenodyssey February 20, 2015 at 10:16 AM Reply

    Rasam is always comfort food,Flavorful rasam.
    Never grinded dal along with other spices.Will try next time.

  5. Aruna Panangipally February 20, 2015 at 9:45 AM Reply

    Rasam is a shining star of the South Indian home remedy system. 😀 And rightly so. It can bring some life to dead taste buds in a jiffy and soothe a sore throat like nothing else.

  6. Chitra Jagadish February 20, 2015 at 7:15 AM Reply

    Flovorsome rasam V…:)

  7. Bikramjit February 20, 2015 at 5:48 AM Reply

    yum yum yium

  8. natasha February 20, 2015 at 12:19 AM Reply

    Wow vidhya this sounds very interesting will definitely try it

  9. jaleelakamal February 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM Reply

    பூண்டு ரசம் துபாய் வரை மணக்கிறது

  10. Malar February 19, 2015 at 6:49 PM Reply

    I was just thinking I don’t have rasam post in my blog 😉 and was thinking of making and here you are, posting my favorite rasam 🙂 I have heard a lot that in Brahmin’s after thachu mamu and pappu mamu, rasam is the most preferred isn’t it? My favorite too 🙂

  11. srividhya February 19, 2015 at 6:44 PM Reply

    Perfect comfort food. 🙂

  12. apuginthekitchen February 19, 2015 at 6:43 PM Reply

    The soup really sounds delicious and reading the list of ingredients I can really see how it would be good for you if sick. I think this is a wonderful soup.

  13. LifestyleswithLia February 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM Reply

    I wish I had a warm bowl of your rasam now, as I wait for the train in freezing NYC !
    Cheers! And thanks for posting this… Looks delicious as always!

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