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Follow healthy eating guidelines with these easy and light recipes. They are all heart healthy and fast to make!


Indian Spicy Rasam Soup with Tomatoes and Tamarind

by Malini
(Bangalore, India)

Chili peppers used for rasam

Chili peppers used for rasam

Rasam is a main staple in India, where it is used as a great flu, cold, and indigestion remedy. It can also be served as tasty soup, juicy side dish, or even with rice as main course for any occasion.

Nutrition values per serving

Energy---42 kcal
Protein---1.5 gm
Fiber---1.2 gm

All the ingredients below can be found in an Indian or Asian grocery shop.


*3 large tomatoes
*2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
*2 1/2 teaspoons rasam powder
*1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
*1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
*1/4 teaspoons asafoetida
*2 flat tablespoons of black pepper seeds
*salt to taste
*1 teaspoon finely chopped coriander
*2 - 2 1/2 teaspoons rasam powder


1. Cut a small cross on the bottom side of each tomato and then place them on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

Alternatively, prepare a bowl with icewater and a pot with water to the boiled on the stove.
Boil the water in the pot and switch off the heat when it bubbles. Place the tomatoes carefully inside the pot for just 15-20 seconds. Then remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and place them into the icewater bowl.

After a few minutes, remove the tomato skin and discard, then mash the tomatoes lightly with a fork.

2. Boil 3 cups of water for 2 minutes. Add the mashed tomatoes, turmeric powder, chili powder, asafoetida, rasam powder, tamarind pulp, and salt, and keep boiling for 4 minutes.

3. Serve hot garnished with coriander.

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Oct 30, 2010
Microwave cooking can be replaced with stove top
by: Ina - Belsandia

Thanks for your post! You can replace the microwave preparation anytime with stove top cooking, for both the tomato skinning and the final cooking.

Malini, the contributor of this great recipe, simply uses the microwave for fastest results, but I personally also prefer the stove top, slower method. I will update the recipe accordingly with both options.

Oct 30, 2010
Questioning microwave cooking?
by: Anonymous

not sure about all this microwaving. Doesn't microwve cooking kill the vitamins and nutrients in food. the recepe sounds good but the microwave very un natural and not so vegan.

Jul 31, 2010
Great recipe tip for a cold!
by: Anonymous

This rasam recipe sounds so much tastier as a cold remedy than other broths and soups I have heard about. I also read that chili has a lot of vtamin C and should give me a good additional boost when I need it most - thanks for sharing this!

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