Kottu Rasam / Gramathu Araithuvitta Rasam – A True Soul Food!

Kottu Rasam / Gramathu Araithuvitta Rasam – A True Soul Food!

Country Style Tamarind Rasam:

Other Names: Puli Rasam, Thaalikaadha Rasam.

I wondered why many people from villages / small towns kept longing for their country style rasam – a comfort food! And what would be the possible big difference in a simple recipe? Why would they call it unique? The answer lies in the fresh tamarind, plucked from the trees during season, stone-ground spices, very simple down to earth procedure…yet a winning combo’ with parboiled rice and after a hard physical work’ it sure makes sense…why it made its way to heart! However, I tried to imitate the same style here, it rather turned out best’ to my extend!! And, I suppose…it always associated with memories that makes it, even better:)


Fresh Tamarind Pulp – lemon sized
Dry red chilies 5 – crushed
Garlic 7-10 crushed
Curry leaves few
Turmeric 1 pinch
Peppercorns 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon


Absolutely forbidden:)


Grind peppercorns and cumin seeds together, set aside.

Semi-crush the garlic and red chilies, set aside

Tear the curry leaves, if fresh. I used dried one, here:(

Fresh tamarind pods will be good, however pulp should work too. Soak the pulp in water and extract the liquid.

Now mix all the ingredients and bring it to boil, just once and immidiately remove from heat. Do not cover it with lid for atleast few minutes.

No tempering required ( I was told so) anyway, its up to you!

And no garnish with cilantro too…it changes the flavor/authenticity:)

Serve warm with steamed par-boiled rice, preferably.


17 Responses so far.

  1. SheenaBabu says:

    traditinal and healthy Rasam

  2. GEETHA ACHAL says:

    Looks so tempting rasam…

  3. Swathi says:

    Traditional rasam love it.

  4. Priya says:

    Woww super rasam, thanks for sharing this fabulous rasam..

  5. divya says:

    Looks so tempting…Love it….Thanks for sharing… i will try soon…

  6. USHA says:


    Thanks for sharing.

    The main thing i loved your blog is very very authenic south receipe.

    These receipe we usually prepare on daily basis,your was inthat way very touchy.

    Now we can coem to your blog look for menu if we want any idea for menu.

  7. Traditional rasam and you made it traditionally….It taste awesome..


  8. Lovely healthy Rasam, We are very much addicted to rasams!!
    Malar there is an award waiting for u at my space, Plz accept it

  9. My father and sister like rasam. I use it provided there is no other curry available.

    Your version of rasam looks good and the recipe is different. We prepareit in other way.

  10. Lovely and classic recipe.. looks perfect !!

    Indian Cuisine

  11. Prathibha says:

    Lovely rasam…truely delicious..

  12. Malar…you have such a wonderful blog…I just love your recipes…there’s an award waiting for you in mu blog..plz accept it !

  13. This is a delicious soup. Our local Indians over here have this soup over rice together with the fried crispy salted chillies. Delicious!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a lovely weekend!

  14. I was searching for some good rasam recipes and you posted it, looks so perfect. and I like this idea of pounding the spices before using it in cooking

  15. truly looks like soul enriching dish, with hot rice must taste divine

  16. Plateful says:

    Ah, rasam! That’s one lip-smacking recipe which brings together a lot of flavors lovely flavors. Thanks for sharing this!

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