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pepper cumin rasam

Craving for some hot and spicy dish in this cold weather? Down with a cold and sore throat? I know with winter..all these are like freebies ..hehe… So today I have for you all an easy peasy flavorful “Pepper Cumin Rasam / Menasina Saaru / Milagu Rasam “- a great dish to tickle your taste buds and an excellent home remedy for cough and cold. Relish piping hot pepper rasam with hot rice or sip it as a soup in a glass or treat your running nose and sore throat with this yummy tonic .. Whichever way you’l surely enjoy this peppery tangy drink.

pepper cumin rasam

South Indian meals can never be complete without rasam. We make almost daily some or the other variety of rasam for our lunch.  Today’s Pepper cumin rasam is a spicy, tangy and hot South Indian Rasam/ appetizer drink made from tamarind, black pepper and cumin.

There are many variations of pepper rasam based on the region. The recipe that I am sharing today is my granny’s and moms version of making it. I enjoy this rasam right from my childhood and even now make it often. In my home, this pepper rasam is one of the first foods that a new mother is served.

Few simple points to note while this Pepper Cumin Rasam are as follows :

  • If you want you can do roasted pepper jeera powder in large quantity and store in an airtight container. No need to refrigerate.
  • Instead of tamarind you can use kokum.
  • If you want you can add little urad dal too along with jeera and pepper while roasting.

Here goes the recipe…

You can also see other rasam recipes like lemon rasam tomato rasam, mint rasam etc…

pepper cumin rasam


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian


  • 1 tbsp Pepper, ( You can reduce based on your pref spiciness )
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds / jeera seeds
  • lemon sized Tamarind, soaked in warm water
  • gooseberry (Amla ) size Jaggery
  • Salt, to taste
  • few Coriander leaves

To Temper

  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 4 - 6 cloves Garlic
  • few Curry Leaves


  • Soak tamarind in warm water . Extract its pulp.Add some water ( say 3-4 cup) to the extracted tamarind pulp such that the water is tangy but not too tangy.
  • Add some jaggery and salt to the tamarind water and keep  to boil.
  • Meanwhile dry roast jeera n pepper in a kadai.
  • Fine Powder them in a mixer
  • When the water is about to boil, add roasted pepper - jeera powder and mix well.Once it starts boiling, keep the flame on low and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes.Taste test .If required add some more salt and jaggery .
  • Heat a tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds and garlic pieces.When mustard splutters and garlic turns light brown , add curry leaves and switch off. Pour it over the rasam.garnish with coriander leaves if you want.
  • Serve piping hot rasam with hot steaming rice or sip it as a soup or as a yummy tonic for your cold and cough.
    menasina saaru

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  • Reply
    Eliza Lincy
    December 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Rasam is always been a comfort food for me. Especially at this cold season the best curry. I made even todays dinner. Love the way u presented the rasam in glasses.

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    Ree Kasirajh
    December 18, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Love rasam..this looks so perfect for the whether

  • Reply
    Rafeeda AR
    December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

    that’s such a tasty rasam…

  • Reply
    Radha Natarajan
    December 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    what we need for this season…lovely clicks and I feel like drinking all that rasam.served so beautifully.

  • Reply
    December 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Perfect for the season.. Loved the presentation dear

  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    December 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    A must have in our house! Delicious rasam!

  • Reply
    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    December 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    lovely rasam dear

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    December 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Yes rasam gives such a relief for cold..Yummy soothing rasam

  • Reply
    December 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Awesome it looks.. always its wonder to have rasam with some papad.. that too in this winter wheather.. i love the way of ur presentation.. becoz i have a habit to drink rasam

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    Vibha Sp
    August 31, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    tempting rasam dear looks lovely

  • Reply
    January 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Super! Yummy taste! Thanks for the wonderful receipe an the presentation!

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