September 15, 2008

Rasam Powder Recipe - How to Make Rasam Powder at Home

This is my mom-in-law's superb recipe for Rasam Powder. But that doesn't mean you can only use it to make rasam, you can easily use it to make Sambar too. I even add it to a whole bunch of kozhambu and curries, recipes of which will follow soon.

Rasam Powder Recipe - How to Make Rasam Powder at Home

Until a week back, I had the powder from the batch she sent with me when we moved to Singapore. Last week I made this on my own. She does this in bulk and takes it to a dry mill but I used powders and gave it a twist in my mixer.

While I have had decent lunch with sambar powder brands that I buy, rasam powder is always more of a miss than a hit. Since TH and I are very used to this homemade rasam powder, no other mix seems to work as well for us. You can also make sambar with this rasam powder by adding some extra jeera as you make the sambar.


Dry red chillies - 2 cups
Dhania (coriander/kothamalli) - 2 cups
Black Pepper - 20 grams
Jeera (jeerakam/cumin seeds) - 25 grams
Toor dal (tuvar dal/tuvara parippu) - 1/2 cup
Chana dal (Bengal gram/kadala parippu) - 1/2 cup
Fenugreek (methi/vendhayam/uluva) - 2 tbsp
Turmeric (optional) - 2 tsp

Dry roast all the ingredients till golden brown. 
Stir continuously and make sure you are standing over it till its done. 
Powder until fine and store in an air-tight container.

- I used the powder form of all spices and gave it a spin in my mixer so that it blends well.
- If you are making enough for over a month's use, store in the fridge to prevent bugs.
- Use as normal for making sambar and rasam alike, just like you would normal samhar and rasam powders that are store-bought.

You may also like my All-Purpose Curry Masala Recipe.

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