Monday 22 April 2013

Paruppu Rasam | Lentil Rasam | Toor Dal Rasam | Thuvaram Paruppu Rasam

Nothing is as comforting as a simple South Indian platter with rasam, rice, vegetable stir-fry (poriyal) and some papad or appalam. Paruppu rasam is an authentic South Indian preparation that is mildly spiced, tangy (not very tangy) and watery. Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu is cooked and used in making this rasam, as we have added dal water here it makes the rasam taste too good. I love to serve this rasam with rice and some spicy pickle, nothing can beat this vegetarian trio for sure!! The preparation is easy but a bit trickier or flatly bit time consuming than the ordinary rasams, but is worth trying. Give a try sometime when you get bored of the usual rasams and let me know your reviews. 


Serves 2 to 3 people
Total Preparation Time - 25 minutes
  1. Toor dal / Thuvaram Paruppu - 100 grams 
  2. Tamarind - 1 gooseberry sized ball
  3. Pearl onions - 3 (peeled and chopped) 
  4. Green chillies - 1 (slit into 2)
  5. Tomato - 2 (chopped into cubes)
  6. Coriander leaves - A handful 
  7. Curry leaves - Few 
  8. Grated / Shredded coconut - 1 spoon (Optional)
  9. Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp 
  10. Cumin seeds - 1 spoon 
  11. Peppercorns - 1 spoon 
  12. Garlic pods - 2 
  13. Asafoetida / Hing - 2 pinches 
  14. Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 spoon 
  15. Mustard seeds - 1/2 spoon 
  16. Dry red chillies - 2 
  17. Sugar - 1/2 spoon 
  18. Salt - As per taste 
  19. Oil - 1 spoon 


  • To a pressure cooker add toor dal, pour 250 ml of water (1¾ cups), salt, turmeric powder, stir well. Then place on flame and close the lid, place the regulator after steam oozes out. Pressure cook for 5-7 minutes on low flame. Remove from flame and set aside until pressure drops. (The dal should be well cooked but not mushy) 
  • Now open the cooker and set the cooker aside for the dal to get settled down and separate from water. Then after few minutes you will be able to see the dal getting settled down and the clear water will stand on the top. Carefully separate this water from the dal and set aside. (you can use the dal for any other preparations, I usually use the rest of the dal for making side-dishes with vegetables or I mash it well, temper it and serve it as dal with rice) 
  • Meanwhile soak tamarind in 250 ml of water and set aside for 10 minutes. Mash soaked tamarind well using fingers and extract the juice from it and set aside. Discard the pulp. 
  • Grind green chillies, garlic, cumin and peppercorns coarsely. Add this coarse mixture into the tamarind water along with chopped coriander leaves and stir well. 
  • Now heat a pan and pour 1 spoon of oil into it. After it heats up add asafoetida, then splutter mustard seeds, then add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies (torn into two), chopped onions and saute until the onions turn translucent. 
  • Then add the tomatoes and saute for a minute. It should not turn pulpy.
  • Now add the tamarind water and switch the flame to high mode. Add salt, and boil until you can find white foam or bubbles on the sides of the rasam. 
  • Now add the dal water and switch to low mode cook for a minute. Add few coriander leaves, grated coconut, sugar stir well and remove from flame. 
  • Serve hot with rice!!

TIP 1: To make the rasam more tastier, grind 3 spoons of the cooked dal and add it into the rasam along with the dal water. 

TIP 2: As I always say, some tamarind may be tangier than the other types so check and add according to your taste. If it becomes too tangy add some extra dal to the rasam and balance it off. 

TIP 3: Adding sugar enhances the flavors and taste of the rasam, but you can avoid it. Also adding grated coconut is optional, id you add coconut it may spoil soon. 

Authentic and comforting Paruppu rasam is now ready!! Serve hot with rice...


  1. Yummy and delicious paruppu rasam...

  2. Healthy and delicious rasam..Nice clicks too..

  3. Such pretty pics and loved your rasam

  4. I love it, Thangai! Thanks for linking up again, you are so lovely :)

    Have a beautiful week.

  5. Light and refreshing especially in summer!

  6. Comforting food,i can survive for many days with it.

  7. Looks very comforting and delicious rasam. Tempting clicks Divy dear.

    today's post:

  8. wow swesome clicks, eppadi sis oru Rasam ah eppadi super ah capture pannurae???... I think you are a dooting food lover :P thats why angel angel ah capturing... enjoy the food romance :) loving it

  9. This is a nice recipe to share. I'm visiting today from Petro's Monday Smiles blog hop. :)

  10. nee eppo intha rasam seidhalum..saapiduvaen

  11. Authentic and delicious rasam. Very nice:)

  12. traditional recipe....super comforting food

  13. i love dal rasam divya.. liked all your clicks.. appadiyae yennaku oru glass le rasam kudu :)

  14. Very tasty and inviting recipe.

  15. Simple and comforting rasam,my all time favorite..

  16. its a very unique recipe i love to have any time...nice clicks..

  17. Simple and comforting rasam.. Love the clicks, Divya.. :)

  18. Yummy rasam... healthy too . Divya pics are just awesome... gr8 job.

  19. looks fabulous and inviting....

  20. Nice presentation.Looks flavorful..

  21. Nice presentation and looks flavorful.

  22. Lovely comfort food, and great presentation :) Gorgeous clicks.

  23. Last click is my favourite n rasam looks very comforting but Wud like it to see hot :)

  24. last click superb divya,coconut,sugar different ingredients,sounds awesome.

  25. Very delicious rasam ..bookmarked!

  26. The Rasam is of nice and tasty one. Thanks. Gret post. Click for Beverage .

  27. gorgeous rasam..Divya, and lovely clciks as well. also,do drop by my new blog - pick quicks when u get the time...glad if u wud be a follower there as well.

  28. Lovely authentic paruppu rasam. You are right, anytime rice, rasam, poriyal and appalam are absolute mood lifters. Simplicity in the making gives that extra taste I guess.

  29. Yum yumm!! I love rasam better than sambar. Simple to cook too :D Lovely clicks as usual, drooling now. That chilli picture and last recipe card takkar :)

  30. Love paruppu rasam, semma clicks da...aeppadinu konjam sollu sis...chilli pic classs!! Great work dear..

  31. Yummy Divya.. Will definitely give it a try :-)


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