Kerala Style Rasam or Thakali ( Tomato ) Rasam is made using freshly ground spice mix and can be eaten with rice or as a drink.

Kerala Style Rasam Recipe

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 80 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Kerala Style Rasam or Thakali ( Tomato ) Rasam is made using freshly ground spice mix and can be eaten with rice or as a drink. 



  • 1 Lemon Sized Tamarind
  • 2 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green Chilli Chopped
  • 1/2 inch Ginger Chopped
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
  • 3-4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 cup Tomato Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Jaggery
  • Salt to taste


Soak Tamarind in 1/2 cup water and keep aside.

  1. Dry roast whole coriander, black peppercorns and cumin seeds till slightly fragrant.

  2. Grind along with green chilli, ginger and garlic to make a coarse powder.

  3. Heat coconut oil in a pan.

  4. When the oil is hot, add hing, dry red chilies, curry leaves, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and fry for a few seconds.

  5. Add tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes, until tomatoes are mushy.

  6. Add the ground masala and 3 cups of water and cook for a minute.

  7. Squeeze and strain the tamarind and add the water in the pan along with jaggery, salt and turmeric powder.

  8. Cook until the rasam just comes to a boil.

  9. Switch off the heat.

  10. Add chopped coriander.

  11. Serve the rasam hot.

Recipe Notes

Use juicy and ripe tomatoes to make this rasam. The firm ones will not become mushy and will come in mouth.

Dry roast the spices well. It will give a nice flavour to your rasam.

Use only coconut oil to make this rasam recipe in Kerala style. It gives a very peculiar and unique flavour to the rasam.

You can make a big batch and refrigerate for upto 3 days. Just reheat some in microwave and use.

Nutrition Facts
Kerala Style Rasam Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 106.3mg129%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.