Rasam is a soup native to South India, traditionally prepared using tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings. The soup is very aromatic and delicate in taste. It is a perfect remedy when you are felling little bit under the weather or have stomach pain. The herbs in this soup really have wonderful healing powers.

It is peppery and hot to help clear out your stuffed up sinuses as well. The flavors are a little tangy and slightly sour and the soup is light and bright and really helps ease the stomach aches. This cozy, tummy soothing soup is an excellent digestion aid.

Including fragrant herbs like turmeric, cumin, mustard seeds, red chillies this soup is aromatic and delicious. And don’t be intimidated by the spice list, all of them are basic and available. This soup is very easy to make as well. We will start be creating a seasoning mix by crushing  the pepper, mustard seeds, garlic and cumin seeds with a little salt in a heavy mortar. Do it until the spices are fairly fine the garlic forms a paste. In a pot sauté the onions until translucent, add the crushed spices, garlic and red chillis. Cook for about a minute, stirring constantly. Add the turmeric, tomato and the tamarind juice. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. This soup is even better the next day after all the flavors have time to meld in together.

You can strain Rasam and drink it out of the mug or serve it as is over white basmati rice. This soup is a great beginner recipe for someone who is trying to make Indian dishes in the comfort of their own home. This soup is  so comforting and indeed perfect for when you’re having a cold. With autumn coming up this will be fabulous to try!