Garlic Rasam / Poondu Rasam

I usually prepare rasam with more water consistency irrespective of it's types. The reason behind it is, most of the time I drink it directly instead of having with rice. Again the 'most of the time drinking' goes good with garlic rasam. I personally feel that I enjoy the aroma of fried garlics only when I drink. You just give try and I'm sure you enjoy a lot.

Garlic, a natural antibiotic is used for fighting against heart disease and lowering blood pressure. It is also widely prepared and served in south India for the people fell ill with cold and flu. A very basic and quick remedy for cold is drinking the garlic rasam. 

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 3-4


Garlic pods - 5-7, roughly minced
Tamarind - 1 small gooseberry size
Tomato - 1 no
Mustard and Urid dal -1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 2 strings
Coriander leaves - 3 strings, for garnishing
Gingelly oil - 3 teaspoon
Salt - to taste

For Rasam Masala:

Garlic pods - 3 nos
Pepper corns - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Fenugreek - 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander leaves - 4 strings
Green chillies - 2 nos


1) Soak Tamarind in 2 cups warm water with tomato and squeeze the extract the juice. Remove the lumps.

2) Grind the ingredients given for rasam masala to coarse powder. Mix with tamarind juice and keep aside.

3) In a pan, heat oil. Temper mustard and urid dal. Add curry leaves.
4) Immediately add minced garlic pods and fry till they are soft.
5) Add the tamarind juice (as said in step 2) to pan. Add salt and turmeric powder. Taste and adjust the tangyness by adding water.

6) Remove the rasam from heat when foam forms on the top. Garnish with coriander leaves.
7) Serve hot with steamed rice.

Sending this recipe to 'Herbs and Flowers - Garlic' event.

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Yummy garlic rasam with some hot rice fantastic.

Rasam with garlic sounds delicious.

Yummy and flavorful it

Super rasam...fantastic with hot rice...loved your version...

One of my favorite rasams, looks superb. Wish to empty that whole bowl.

rasam has always been thumbs down for me.. somehow i dont get the perfect one.. waiting to try ur version of garlic rasam..

I could smell the rasam , drool worthy rasam!rasam looks so so clear!

Can a simple rasam be so wonderfully presented..shd learn frm u..

Yum this and such beautiful pic

awesome clicks and tasty rasam..

beautiful pics and yummy rasam...i better drink it as soup

Rasam looks simply awesome. Clicks are wonderful.

rasam looks super delicious, flavourful one..

wow yummy rasam dear,love to have a glass rite now...

Pics are beautiful.. Rasam is all yummy..


Love the garlic flavor in rasam ~ it sounds so flavorful n hearty!

I make garlic rasam. Healthy and tasty. Love the presentation. Thx for linking to the event.

Event: Herbs and Flowers - Garlic

A mouthwatering rasam packed with all the benefis of good ol` garlic!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

I can survive for many days with this flavourful rasam..

Very nice rasam....Nice clicks too....

hi uma nice space the rasam.....and i am coming back to scan the rest of the recipes

never added fenugreek in rasam powder.. will try next time..

I also love to drink the rasam...and this is such an appetizing one

Great for health and delicious! Love the recipe. Have a great weekend!

Hey this really looks yummy...even I love drinking rasam than having with rice..

Nice post! I love poondu rasam! :)
Kavi | Edible Entertainment

i am waiting for this receipe for very long time.......thangas

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