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A Healthy drink |side dish with medicinal benefits known as rasam recipe

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Venkat is experienced in cooking since his mother's demise in 1966 and cooks Indian cuisines better. He uses healthy, easy ways in doing so.

What is Rasam?

Rasam literally means juice in Indian languages. Rasam recipe is made up of a little bit of tamarind juice and spice powders boiled in water. It is consumed by mixing it in plain cooked rice during meals. Or, otherwise, if you are not eating rice, it is best used as a drink by consuming it in a cup or glass just like you drink coffee or tea. In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is known as "rasam", whereas, in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, it is known as "Charu" with slight variations in the accent.

Why rasam recipe is so great?

Drink a glass of Rasam daily and keep your digestion system Fit and Healthy. Good for babies being introduced to meals and for sick people also. Having constipation or gas problems? Take a cup of rasam recipe twice or thrice daily for 2 or 3 days. Now, you will be better again. Lacking taste in food or feeling no appetite for food? Take this rasam recipe and your taste buds will rejuvenate with its amazing taste.

"Rasam recipe" is also known as "Charu"

"Charu" or "rasam recipe" ready for serve.
"Charu" or "rasam recipe" ready for serve. | Source

Do you like Rasam

4.5 stars from 8 ratings of Rasam or Charu

Importance of rasam recipe or Charu

  • Rasam is a regular daily dish with meals.
  • You don't imagine rice meals without Rasam (Charu) especially in Andhra Pradesh. It is a must dish daily both times with meals. The Tamilians may be eating rice with sambar and skip rasam. But in Andhra Pradesh, mostly all people eat with Charu during meals daily both times.
  • A complete meal in Andhra Pradesh consists of rice, dal (cooked yellow pigeon peas), curry, Charu/rasam and the buttermilk.
  • Rasam recipe is mainly consumed as a health beneficial dish for good digestion of food since it prevents constipation problems and keeps you fit with a free and healthy motion.

Rasam recipe topped with topper

The rasam recipe is topped with mustard seeds, cumin and asafoetida.
The rasam recipe is topped with mustard seeds, cumin and asafoetida.

How to prepare rasam recipe?

It is so simple. Rasam is one of the simplest and very easiest preparations that we come across in the cooking world. It requires little effort and time. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.

Now let me tell you how to prepare it in very simple and easy to follow step by step instructions that are given below.

Quick to prepare rasam recipe

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: one Litre rasam serves 8 to 10 people or serves.

Ingredients required for Rasam or Charu

  • one Litre water, change according to needs
  • 25 grams tamarind, you can use tamarind juice from stores
  • 2 teaspoonful rasam powder, packets available at stores
  • 2 teaspoonfuls coriander powder, for extra benefits of health
  • half teaspoonful turmeric powder, for good colour and taste
  • one teaspoon salt powder
  • small bunch curry leaves (sweet neem), sliced pieces better for drinking
  • small quantities mustard seeds, cumin, asafoetida, for topping by frying in oil

Step by step instructions for preparing rasam recipe

  1. Take one litre of drinking water in a container to be placed on the heat.
  2. Put the tamarind into the water. (You can extract juice and throw away the waste or simply leave it in the water as it is). When it gets boiled, the juice of it automatically mixes in the water and the remains set at the bottom which will not be consumed while serving.
  3. Add rasam powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and curry leaves as mentioned into the water.
  4. Light the stove and place the container on medium flame and allow it to boil for some time so that all ingredients get well mixed. Then remove the container from heat and keep aside.
  5. Now, top the rasam with the ingredients of mustard seeds, cumin and asafoetida powder fried in a little bit of oil. Your rasam recipe or Charu is ready for serving now. You may top it with chopped green coriander leaves also, if you like, for a good look.

Step by step instruction images for rasam recipe preparation

Water measured in jug for one litre
Water measured in jug for one litre | Source
water poured into container for placing on stove
water poured into container for placing on stove | Source
Rasam powder
Rasam powder | Source
Coriander powder
Coriander powder | Source
curry leaves (sweet neem or karivepaku)
curry leaves (sweet neem or karivepaku)
mustard seeds, cumin and asafoetida powder for topping
mustard seeds, cumin and asafoetida powder for topping

Health benefits of rasam recipe

  • Rasam recipe is good for digestion. Drink a cup or small glass of rasam daily to be free from constipation and acidity problems.
  • Rasam controls Vata, pitta doshas which control blood circulation and nervous system.
  • It is good for sick people. People who may get attacked by fever or any other diseases are mostly advised by Doctors not to take heavy food. Instead, they are advised to have a little bit of softly cooked rice mixed thoroughly in rasam and consume it safely as a substitute for meals.
  • When a baby is to be introduced to meals for the first time, this rasam rice thoroughly mixed to become a paste can be administered as first meals for some days till the baby gets accustomed to digestion of meals.
  • Pregnant women and immediately after delivery, this rasam mixed rice is good for them.
  • Rasam controls and minimises gas formation in the stomach.
  • Rasam recipe also acts as an appetizer and is good for those who do not feel hungry due to some problems.
  • Many other benefits of rasam recipe are there which may be followed with your physician's advice.

Rasam recipe video : Boiling & topping

About rasam recipe video

The video uploaded starts after the recipe "Charu" reached its boiling point and ends with the seasoning or topping of it with the ingredients of mustard seeds, cumin, and asafoetida. This is to show how much to boil it and then after removing it from the flame, how to top the preparation. I hope you will appreciate this.

The video quality may not be good and I am sorry for that.

Regarding boiling of Rasam, excepting the topping ingredients, all other ingredients as mentioned in the ingredients capsule have been added to the water in the container and then the container is placed on flame for allowing to boil. The boiling is visible in the video.

How to prepare your own Rasam Powder?

If you would like to prepare the rasam powder yourself instead of buying packets, you can very easily prepare it by grinding the ingredients of coriander seeds, black pepper seeds, red chilli pepper pieces, cumin seeds, a small quantity of Toor dal (yellow pigeon peas) or chana dal (split chickpeas) and the curry leaves all ground proportionally in your mixie. This rasam powder is better than the packed powder.

Some more important tips for Rasam recipe preparation

  1. When you add your own homemade powder, there is no need for adding coriander powder separately, as you already added that ingredient also in the powder being ground by you. It will be tastier than packet powder.
  2. Tamarind can be added either in a raw form as shown in the ingredients image, or you may extract its juice and then add the juice of it to the water before boiling rasam ingredients. Some others prepare rasam recipe with lemons. But It is not so good and healthy as this one.
  3. Do not boil the rasam recipe for more than two minutes after it starts boiling.
  4. All the ingredients mentioned above are health pro. Some people may add some other extra items or other kinds of ingredients which may not be healthy.

So, what are you waiting for?

Now, that you are well versant with the preparation of "Rasam" which is also known as "Charu", you may like to go ahead and prepare it to have a test and taste of it, as I hope. So, don't hesitate but go straight into the kitchen to get engaged in preparing it. If you are not satisfied at the first attempt, don't lose hope but give a try again the next day, and you will find the greatness of it. So, treat your family members with this great dish of rasam recipe and give them a better health.

Have a good day and a healthy life.


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    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to know that you keep rice, both white and brown, Jackie. The rasam recipe tastes good with rice food. Cook the rice soft and mix rasam in it while eating.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

      What a wonderful article to share! I will certainly make this a regular part of my diet. I have brown and white rice often so it would be simple to add to those. Thank you so much!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see you visiting my hub and commenting with such appreciation. We prepare this each alternate day and use it for two days. So, in a week it is prepared 3 times to use 6 days. The seventh day is for the other delicious dish "sambar". Rasam dish is for health and sambar is for enjoyment.

      Thanks once again for your visit and comment.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Great hub VM, one of these days you are going to make a good cook out of me. . .when I do not spend so much time at the computer reading good hubs like yours!! :)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Nice to know the new name of charu 'sathumadhu'.

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      Sujatha Guruvayurappan 2 years ago from Gaithersburg, MD

      Nice Rasam/Chaaru/Saathumadhu recipe!!

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Faith Reaper. I am fascinated with your comment. I hope when you try it, you will definitely like it. Have a nice day.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a great healthy recipe you have shared here. I have never heard of Rasam. How intetesting. I will have to look for it and give this a try. We can never be too healthy as to what we add to our diets.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for commenting and welcome. If you try it, please let me know how it tasted to you. Have a nice day.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have not had it but I am willing to try it. Sounds like it has some good benefits for the body. Thanks for sharing the background and recipe idea.