Karpooravalli Leaves Rasam

Rasam is something handy which helps me when no ingredients available at my pantry and whenever I feel tired and sick. It simply pairs with any of the side dish and even goes well with simple papad.

I got few fresh karpooravalli Leaves when I visited my family doctor's home last time. She has nice garden and has plenty of herbs in it. I picked few karpooravalli leaves, to make use of them in some of my recipes. I used few leaves to make kashayam and used in rasam with the leaves I left.

Basic Information:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves : 3


For Rasam:

Karpooravalli leaves - 10 nos., Few for garnishing
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Tomato - 1 no., medium size
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Asafoetida - a pinch
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 spring

Rasam Masala:

Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green chillies - 2 nos.,
Coriander leaves - 1 spring
Curry leaves - 1 spring


1) Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water for 10-12 minutes. Add tomato and squeeze out the juice out of it. Squeeze well till you don't see any lumps. Set aside.

2) Coarse grind the ingredients given under rasam masala. Mix with tamarind tomato water prepared above.
3) Take 7-10 karpooravalli leaves based on its size. Grind it to a coarse paste. Add to the tamarind water. Mix well.

4) Add turmeric powder and salt. Immediately after adding salt, keep the pan in stove.
5) When the foam forms on top of it, add asafoetida and turn off the stove.

6) Garnish with crushed karpooravalli leaves. Do seasoning with oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add it to the rasam and serve with hot steamed rice.


1) you can skip coriander leaves and use only kapooravalli leaves to get its full flavour.
2) Instead of rasam masala, you can also use rasam powder along with crushed garlic. However, freshly ground masala tastes better.
3) Adjust tamarind,salt and water level according to your taste.

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Wow!!Such a unique rasam,never tried rasam with karporavalli leaves..tell my mom to make this rasam as we have a plant in the backyard..awesome presentation Uma..

so refreshing! perfect for the season

Unique rasam , Unique Props ! I will come and grab everything

tis s one of my fav leaves for soup, rasam n kashayam.. love it so much..

New to me,love the click its so tempting

dats an interesting rasam.. i eat karpooravalli as such and this way we can make everyone eat at home.. nice clicks.. :)

Really its interesting and very much innovative.
Shobas Delight

Lovely rasam recipe.. nice presentation too :)

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