Rasa Podi/Rasam Powder

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We all have favorite recipes, our own personal comfort foods nobody can make like our mothers~from delicious desserts, perfect Idlis, Biriyani and the best tasting Rasam.
Some of the dishes Amma made came from old recipes and Rasa Podi/ Rasam Powder is one such recipe which she never dared to alter. She seemed to know just how to make a great tasting Rasam and it always turned out perfect. I have never been able to recreate the magic myself and I have just been following her recipe sincerely.
Unlike Sambar podi, Rasa Podi/ Rasam Powder is made fresh and when stored for a long time loses its freshness and aroma. I make them to last for a month. Following is Amma`s recipe of her Rasa Podi/ Rasam Powder.

  1. 4 cups Red Chillies/Vara Millagai
  2. 2 cups Coriander/Vara Kothamalli/Dhania
  3. 1 cup Bengal gram/Kadalai paruppu/Channa dhal
  4. 1/2 cup Pepper/Milagu
  5. 1/2 cup Cumin
  6. 1 tablespoon Asafoetida/Perungayam
  1. Sun dry the Pepper and Cumin OR lightly dry roast and set aside.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a kadai/pan and stir fry the other ingredients, each separately  except the Asafoetida. Remove the red chillies once they are well coated with the oil. Make sure not to burn them. Remove the dhal when it starts to turn into a light color. 
  3. When cool grind to a coarse powder ( Like rawa consistency as shown in the picture) 
  4. Mix in the  Asafoetida. Combine well and store in airtight containers.
For 2 cups of Rasam use 1 teaspoon of Rasam powder. 4 cups of red chillies measures approx 250gms.


  1. Perfect podi,the ingredients(verali manjal) u used is Awesome....

  2. Just looking to that pic i can smell the delicous aroma.

  3. wow, this is a wonderful recipe. Some recipes are like that.You try very hard, then too u don't get the tate what our mothers make.
    You have shown turmeric pwd in the snap but you have not mentioned in the ingredients. Have u missed it??
    This recipe is a very good keeper for me.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  4. wow.. looks excellent! I would love to make my own rasam podi often. your version sounds so good.

  5. Podi looks awesome. Homemade rasam powder gives a different flavour to rasam.

  6. Thank you for the recipe.It is always good to find some good rasam podi because it changes the taste of the rasam.

  7. I cant live without my rasam podi, nothing will beat this sort of home made spice powders na..

  8. that picture really brings out the aroma of the powder.... perfect click!

  9. Red chilies in Rasam powder seems like a good variation. It must make the rasam hot.

  10. I have to make this podi at home. I use store bought whenever I make some.

    I am familiar with drum stick leaves! We had a tree in our home. I did not recognize the name. But the only way we had it was stir fry.

  11. I was introduced to rasam when I was expecting the baby. those days I could nt eat anything so my neighbour advised on preparing rasam. that was the beginning and till date I need it atleast once a week. sometimes I wonder what would I do if i ever leave south India as rasam powder is not easily available in Kolkata. you solved that...thanks for sharing and nice sunny picture.

  12. Wow,home made rasam powders are the best,I am a great fan of rasam,should try making powder at home,ur recipe is very nice! Gorgeous picture!

  13. gorgeous click, i feel like making this podi now itself :)

  14. wow.. it looks really awesome.. u have a great blog.. following you.. do drop in at my site whenever

  15. Your explanations are so nice. You make it sound like even someone like me can make this. Great photo. I have those same spice bottles too. :-)

  16. I never tried of making powders,i am used to my mothers,always bring in bulk from India.Your recipe is really very easy and tempting me to try... thanks for sharing...

  17. perfect rasam podi...what u said is right,its very hard to make the dishes with the same taste as amma used to make..all the ingredients might be same..but taste will be different
    thanks for sharing the homemade rasam podi..

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  19. I thought it was Toor Dal not Channa Dal. Please enlighten

  20. Dear Anonymous,
    It is Channa Dal and not Toor Dal. My mother uses Channa Dal but my Mother-in-Law uses Toor Dhal though. You could substitute Toor Dal in this recipe.

  21. Very clear description. Thank you

  22. Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa Salam dari Obat Epilepsi Semoga barokah

  23. needed to thank you for this very good read! pantangan kista

  24. thank for information, is the nice post. Informasi yang sangat bermanfaat sekali, terima kasih banyak atas informasinya yah obat iritasi kulit karena kosmetik

    obat asam lambung tinggi untuk ibu hamil


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