Lemon rasam (South Indian Soup)

Lemon Rasam is my all time favorite :) I love it for its mixed tangy sour and spicy flavors.. My husband just drinks it like the soup:) In South India it is actually taken as an accomplishment to rice !

It is one of the Simplest recipes to make.

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 15 - 20 mins

Servers : 2


  • Lemon Juice from one large lemon (about 1/4 cup) or to your taste.
  • Rasam Podi - 1 tbsp (Rasam podi is basically dry roasting and grinding coriander seeds - 1tbsp , cumin seeds - 1 tbsp, red chilli - 4 nos, black pepper - 8-10, turmeric powder, toor dal - 1/2 tbsp)
  • tomato - 1or 2 (Your preference : 1/2 chopped, 1/2 peeled and mashed)
  • hing - a pinch
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Green chilli - one small 
  • ginger - minced (less than 1/4 tsp)
  • salt to taste

For Seasoning:

  • Ghee - 1tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • jeera (cumin seeds) - 1/4 tsp



  • Dissolve the rasam powder in 3 cups of water in a pan and bring it to boil.
  • Mean while add the chopped and mashed tomatoes to it and also add salt and hing.
  • Let it boil for around 15 - 20 minutes. You will know the Rasam powders raw smell will be gone when the frothing it forms on the side of the pan vanishes slowly.
  • Then Switch off the stove. Add the lemon juice. (Never add lemon juice to the boiling substances, it then gives a bitter taste to the dish. Always add lemon juice in the end)
  • Then using a tadka, heat the ghee and add mustard seeds , cumin seeds, ginger and wait for it to splutter and add it in the rasam.
  • Finally Garnish it with Coriander leaves :)!! 

Isn't it easy?? Enjoy the soupy rasam