Pineapple Rasam


Like Kasi Halwa, Pineapple rasam is most common in our customary marriages.  Tangy and mildly sweet pineapple rasam is such a table winner recipe in any special menu. Recently when we went for grocery shopping, while crossing fruits aisle in shop, Jagadish was so tempted to eat pineapple but was having second thoughts whether we can finish if we buy a full pineapple. As soon I saw Pineapple I was so tempted to cook Pineapple rasam, since we both love it. He once told me a story “In his hometown there is particular restaurant,  they cut the pineapple, peel the lower half, remove the pulp and serve the rasam with the lower half of the pineapple”. How cool 🙂 I tried to do that but I couldn’t find a proper cutter/knife so it was a big flop show 😦 but the rasam was a biggg hit!

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Pineapple Rasam


Toor dal  – 1/3 Cup

Pineapple Rings –  7 rings, peeled and cut into rings about 1/2 inch and chopped

Tomato – 3, chopped

Water – 3 cup

Rasam Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – pinch

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Pepper –  1/2  tsp

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Ghee – 1/2 tbsp

Mustard Seed – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – generous pinch

Curry Leaves- few

Corainder Leaves – few (I didn’t have fresh coriander leaves so I used Dried, fresh is always preferred)

Salt – as neededPPi


  • Pressure cook the Toor Dal and smash it with ladle and keep it aside
  • Blend the pepper and cumin seeds into a coarse powder and keep aside
  • Blend the chopped pineapple and 1 tomato into a smooth puree. To the tomato – pineapple puree, add 1 cup + 1/2 cup of water, turmeric powder, coriander powder, pepper – cumin powder, rasam powder and salt; mix well


  • Transfer the content into a pan and boil it in a medium low flame
  • In a separate pan, add ghee and when the ghee is hot,  add mustard seeds and curry leaves, let it splutter sputter. Add the chopped tomato, pineapple and asofetida; sauté for 2 – 3 minutes
  • IMG_3135Transfer the cooked tomato – pineapple, dal to the boiling rasam; mix well


  • Add remaining water and keep the flame in medium and cook till the rasam starts frothing. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice and vathakal curry/chips



My Notes

  • Instead of fresh pineapple, 2 cans of frozen pineapple can also used. Use the pineapple juice for rasam
  • Adjust the pepper according to your spice level
  • No tamrind in this rasam, as tomato and pineapple give the tanginess

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43 thoughts on “Pineapple Rasam

  1. Let'smakeitsweet! March 21, 2015 at 7:52 PM Reply

    Hey I ned to write this! Made your pineapple rasam for Ugadi with mango rice and vada and had to tell, it tasted absolutely amazing! Specially with vada… Thank you so much for the beautiful recipe.

  2. Let'smakeitsweet! March 19, 2015 at 6:59 PM Reply

    Wow this sounds delish! Can’t wait to try… Me and my husband both are rasam fans though Im not a south Indianbut my husband is😊I am happy to discover your blog, now I know where to stop for authenic South Indian food 😊

  3. sona March 9, 2015 at 7:48 PM Reply

    I love the flavors in this rasam.. sweet and tangy.. looks delicious.

  4. skd March 9, 2015 at 8:56 AM Reply

    I am definitely going to try this. This looks very tempting.

  5. Mullai Madavan March 9, 2015 at 7:39 AM Reply

    It’s been while since I’ve tasted this,… too lazy to make I guess. This post has kindles my craving Vidya, got to try this! Lovely presentation!

  6. JayanthiSindhiya March 8, 2015 at 5:24 AM Reply

    I love this pineapple rasam a lot,looks so flavourful

  7. coconutcraze March 7, 2015 at 10:51 PM Reply

    Rasam with a fruity flavour would be a good alternative to the regular rasams. Who wouldn’t like a change?

  8. Aruna Panangipally March 7, 2015 at 6:06 PM Reply

    I have slowly grown to like Pineapple in various dishes. The rasam looks awesome. 🙂 I wonder how Pineapple found its way into mainstream South Indian cooking; Pineapple Sheera, Pineapple Gojju, Pineapple, Rasam…..

  9. Sundari March 7, 2015 at 9:57 AM Reply

    Yummy and very flavourful rasam!! Looks tempting!!

  10. swapnakarthik March 7, 2015 at 9:03 AM Reply

    I’m gonna try his recipe ,Vidya…I just love anything with pineapples…

  11. Gloria March 7, 2015 at 7:01 AM Reply

    this pineapple rasam must be very delish…love the flavours and taste of this…

  12. marudhuskitchen March 7, 2015 at 5:06 AM Reply

    Love this flavorful rasam very much Vidhya…☺

  13. Namrata March 7, 2015 at 3:58 AM Reply

    Ive always wanted to try pineapple rasam. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Chitra Jagadish March 7, 2015 at 2:29 AM Reply

    Wow am drooling looking at your pictures- my mom used to make this often and am craving for it now…. yummmm V….

  15. veenashankar March 7, 2015 at 1:08 AM Reply

    one of my fav rasam.. so refreshing

  16. swathi March 7, 2015 at 12:15 AM Reply

    Pineapple rasam is my favorite, your version looks delicious.

  17. Nish Kitchen March 6, 2015 at 10:47 PM Reply

    Rasam looks delicious! Love the addition of pineapple balancing out the flavours.

  18. The Champa Tree March 6, 2015 at 9:23 PM Reply

    I love pineapples! Got to try this.

  19. srividhya March 6, 2015 at 8:46 PM Reply

    Yummy. My favorite fruit

  20. Malar March 6, 2015 at 7:48 PM Reply

    I have heard a lot about this rasam…never tasted 😉 I think you told me about this rasam long time back 😉 Looks fabulous….I will try it in some more years I guess 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food March 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM Reply

      Yes dear, I told about this rasam a long back. finally i have posted this.Lazy me..Oh ya try it after some months

  21. apsara March 6, 2015 at 7:46 PM Reply

    Always loved this at weddings. Time to try at home with your recipe. Just waiting to find the not-so-sweet pineapple. 🙂

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