Spiced Tamarind Rasam Daal

Makes 2 cups

Soak in AdvanceĀ 

  • Soak 2 tablespoons (arhar) tur daal in water for 6 hours.
  • Prepare tamarind pulp by soaking 2 tbsps tamarind in 1/4 cup water for 30 mins, and squeezing out the pulp.


Rasam Powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons arhar daal (pigeon Pea)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/8 fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoons curry leaves

Flavored Daal

  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons arhar daal (pigeon pea)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoons jaggery powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon rock salt


  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves


  1. Heat a pot, add all the rasam powder ingredients, expert the curry leaves, and roast for a few minutes. Add the curry leaves, and roast for a minute.
  2. Transfer the roasted spices to a bowl to be used later.
  3. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves to the pot, and roast for a minute until the mustard seeds start to pop.
  4. Add the arhar daal, water, and, turmeric, and stir. Cover, and allow to cook for 20 minutes on a medium flame until the daal is soft.
  5. Meanwhile, place the roasted spices and the tomato into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  6. Add the tamarind pulp, asafoetida, and jaggery powder to the same pot, Stir, cover, and allow to cook for 5 more minutes until the daal is soft.
  7. Mash the daal with a masher as much as possible. Switch off the stove, add the tomato mixture and rock salt, and stir.
  8. Top with coriander leaves and serve.








Offers Several Potential Benefits:

  1. Rich in Protein: The main ingredient, arhar daal (pigeon pea), is a good source of plant-based protein, essential for muscle repair and overall body function.
  2. Nutrient-Packed Spices: The rasam powder contains a variety of spices such as coriander, black peppercorns, cumin, and fenugreek seeds, which not only enhance flavor but also contribute various health benefits. These spices may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Tamarind’s Digestive Benefits: Tamarind is known for its digestive properties. It can help alleviate indigestion and may contribute to a healthy digestive system.
  4. Low in Fat: This recipe doesn’t rely heavily on added fats, making it a relatively low-fat option, which can be beneficial for those watching their fat intake.
  5. Balanced Flavors: The combination of spices, tamarind, and jaggery creates a well-balanced flavor profile. Jaggery provides a natural sweetness while contributing potential health benefits, such as being a source of iron and other minerals.
  6. Turmeric’s Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The addition of turmeric not only imparts a vibrant color but also brings potential anti-inflammatory properties to the dish.
  7. Customizable: This recipe is versatile and can be adapted to personal preferences and dietary needs. It’s suitable for those following vegetarian or vegan diets.
  8. Comfort Food: The warm and comforting nature of this dish makes it a satisfying and emotionally comforting meal.

Remember that individual health benefits can vary, and it’s essential to consider personal dietary needs and restrictions. Additionally, consulting with a nutritionist or healthcare professional can provide personalized advice based on specific health goals or conditions.

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