Rasam Soup

at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts

Serves 5


  • ¼ cup coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. asafoetida powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. mustard seed
  • 1 tsp. tamarind paste (or substitute 2 Tbsp. tamarind paste with freshly-squeezed lemon juice)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 10 to 15 curry leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. ghee


  1. Separately dry-roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and whole black peppercorns in a saucepan on medium flame until brown. Stir continuously.
  2. Stir in asafoetida powder, then remove all ingredients and grind in coffee grinder.
  3. In the meantime, over medium flame, boil water and tomatoes for around 20 minutes until tomatoes are cooked.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of above powdered spice mixture to the boiling tomatoes, along with tamarind paste (or lemon juice), salt, and a pinch of brown sugar.
  5. Separately (at the end) heat the ghee in a saucepan over medium flame until hot.
  6. In ghee, add mustard seeds. After seeds begin to pop, add curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.
  7. Add ghee mixture to tomatoes. Finish with finely-chopped cilantro leaves. Turn flame off.

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