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Udupi style Tomato Rasam Recipe with step by step recipe | How to do Udupi Style Tomato Rasam | How to do Tomato Saaru | Udupi style Tomato Saaru 

Rasam is the most popular south Indian accompaniment which pairs nicely with rice as well as soup/appetizer. There are many types of rasam one can make. Among the various variety, the chosen one for the day is ” Tomato Rasam ” cooked in Udupi style or ” Tomato Saaru ” as called in Kannada. Saaru is one of the everyday dishes on our lunch menu…

Udupi apart from being a temple town is popular for its cuisine. Udupi restaurants are popular worldwide. Usually, Udupi rasam is little sweetish in taste, with mild spiciness and no onion – garlic. Yes… the addition of little jaggery, coconut oil and final tempering with hing gives a distinct, tempting flavour and taste. It’s very simple to make.

I always make and prefer homemade rasam powder as its the heart of a perfect flavourful rasam. I usually make it once and store it for a few months. However, if you want you can always use readymade rasam powder available in stores.  Do try once n I’m damn sure.. you would agree with me. Here we go…

Few simple points to note while this Udupi style Tomato Rasam are as follows :

  • The key to making a delicious flavorful rasam lies in the spice blend used while making it. So as far as possible to get the perfect authentic taste of Udupi rasam,  try making homemade rasam powder following my recipe shared previously.
  • Addition of coconut oil for roasting spices and tempering gives that distinct taste.
  • Try not to omit jaggery and hing. Add at least little.
  • The thickness of the rasam depends on your choice.
  • As you boil, the taste of rasam increases.


you can also check Udupi hotel style sambar


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Side Dish
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 2 - 3 medium sized Ripe Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Split Pigeon peas Tuvar dal
  • 2 slit Green Chilli
  • Small lemon size Tamarind, ; soaked in water
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery
  • 2-3 tbsp Rasam powder
  • a pinch Turmeric
  • few Coriander leaves
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 1 - 2 tbsps grated coconut, (optional)
  • to taste Salt

To temper :

  • 1 - 2 tsp Coconut Oil Ghee
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • a big pinch Asafoetida/ hing


  • Wash the toor dal ,add turmeric and cook for 3 - 4 whistles with 2 cup of water. Mash the cooked dal and keep aside.
  • You can use tomatoes in 2 ways. Either cook tomatoes in cooker , mash them and boil it with slitted green chilli . or Chop tomatoes and boil it directly in a vessel along with green chilli .
  • When the tomatoes are cooked , mash them lightly . To that add salt , squeezed tamarind pulp , jaggery , rasam powder and cooked tuvar dal. Add water to get desired consistency .
  • Let it boil nicely on sim till a bit frothy. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves ,curry leaves and grated coconut . Switch off .
  • Finally prepare a tempering. Take a small kadai or pan . Add coconut oil or ghee. When its hot add mustard seeds. When it splutters add jeera and hing. Switch off .Pour the tempering on the hot rasam and close the lid. Allow it to sit for some time so the aroma of the tempering infuses in the rasam . .
  • Serve hot tomato rasam with hot rice drizzled with ghee .

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  • Reply
    marudhus kitchen
    March 1, 2016 at 4:12 am

    lovely rasam recipe filled with flavours

  • Reply
    Ramya Venkateswaran
    March 1, 2016 at 4:51 am


  • Reply
    Rafeeda AR
    March 1, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I can just gulp down that whole pan! Delicious that looks…

  • Reply
    Poornima hegde
    March 2, 2016 at 10:24 am

    My mum and granny makes the tomato saaru in the same way but we also add some coconut milk while boiling, this is my family’s favorite.. Yummy and mouthwatering

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