Homemade Rasam Powder is an essential spice mix in the South Indian Cuisine usually used to spike up the flavor of rasam. Rasam is a South Indian soup, traditionally prepared using tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings, says Wikipedia. In other words, Rasam is a soupy, spicy curry served with heaps of steamed rice with a generous addition of ghee all together to be slurped using fingers. Rasam Powder is a requisite ingredient in ever Southern kitchen spice box. During our years of stay in South certain regional delicacies became our routine pick and eventually, rasam powder made a space for itself on my kitchen shelf too.
We are on a masala grinding spree, after stocking up a batch of Garam Masala it was time to replenish the empty jar of rasam powder. The day when my kitchen for the first time experienced the aroma of rasam powder was an ordinary mundane weekday, still wandering why all of a sudden I had craving for Tomato Garlic Rasam, there was tomato and garlic in the pantry but no rasam powder. The intense hankering was inspiring enough to grind a batch of Rasam Powder from scratch, since then Rasam Powder joined the list homemade spice powders. This time I had one more reason to share the not so secret recipe of Rasam Powder, #thekitchendivas is back after a short summer break lull. In the month of June we are stirring up bold and piquant dishes from the land of Chettiyars and their cuisine – Chettinad Cuisine. Here is the first recipe – Homemade Rasam Powder
- To prepare the Rasam Powder, dry roast red chili, asafetida, channa dal and toor dal in a cast iron skillet (Buy it here) over medium heat until dals are golden in colour. Roast in medium flame with constant frying.
- Transfer to a plate for cooling and then roast coriander seeds and peppercorns until fragrant in the same skillet. Add cumin seeds and roast for another few seconds. Turn off the heat.
- Cool all the ingredients completely. Next in a mixer jar (Buy it here) add all the ingredients including turmeric powder and blend to coarse powder.
- If you prefer sieve the Rasam Powder to get the smooth story bought like spice mix else it can used as it is as well.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Homemade Rasam Powder remain fresh for a year or so if stored properly.
The “Homemade Rasam Powder Recipe” is part of the endeavor to create a collection of recipes of Traditional Indian Cuisines in collaboration with few bloggers who share the same passion of cooking. Here is the Pinterest Board collection of recipes.
Here are some more Chettinad Recipes by #thekitchendivas: