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Poondu Rasam | Garlic Rasam

Poondu Rasam | Garlic Rasam
Garlic is a popular herb used extensively in Indian cooking. Garlic helps to reduce blood pressure, reduces risk of cancer. Garlic is used for treatment of cold and cough. Rasam is an integral part of South Indian Lunch Menu. Garlic Rasam can be served as a side dish to Rice or it can be taken as a soup. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Garlic Rasam - Poondu Rasam.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yields: 2 Servings
Garlic Rasam

Table 1: To Grind
Garlic cloves4 to 6
Black Pepper | Milagu1 tsp
Cumin seeds | Seeragam1/2 tsp

Table 2:
Oil2 tsp
Mustard | Kadugu1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves3-5
Asafoetida | HingPinch
TamarindHalf Lemon size
SaltAs needed
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Coriander powder1 tsp


  • Grind garlic cloves, black pepper and cumin seeds into coarse paste using mortar and pestle.

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  •  Soak tamarind in hot water and extract tamarind juice. Discard seeds and fibres.

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  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard and allow it to splutter. Add curry leaves and ground mixture.

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  • Add  asafoedita powder and fry for a min. Add tamarind juice.
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  •  Add salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Allow rasam to boil for 2 mins and simmer for 5 mins. 

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 Poondu Rasam | Garlic Rasam
poondu rasam

Adjust pepper to your taste.


  1. Am inviting myself to ur place, my comforting food..

  2. I will need to garlicky rasam for the next day after Deepavali. In fact, I was just planning to make it this Sunday. Will try this version, a good change and most welcomed.

  3. Such a comforting rasam, simple garlic rasam and vathal will make my day... awesome dear...

  4. garlic is one my favorite flavor...am sure the rasam must have been tasty...

  5. oh! egg , rasam and rice.. what a combo. YUM! looks delcious

  6. delicious and flavorful rasam..


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