It is very convenient to have such ready to make Rasam mix at home rather than relying on store bought premixes as you cannot make your alterations, besides they are expensive too.

These ready to make powders come handy for business travellers who remain out of home and would like to prepare home made Rasam but with little or no difficulty . All you need is to add some chopped tomatoes or tomato puree , some chopped coriander leaves and a tasty rasam is ready under 4 minutes.

Keep some rice to cook in the rice cooker , roast some papads on the gas flame or microwave, and a simple meal of rasam, papad and rice with some readily cut fresh salad makes a lipsmacking meal.

This comes to the rescue for those who need home made food with less fuss.Your children can easily make this rasam and rice without bothering to measure ingredients and wasting time.Prepare such ready to make powders, pack in properly sealed packets,paste simple instruction on the pack and send it with your family members.

There are many days when I have resorted to this quick rasam , when I dont have much time to spare in the kitchen without compromising on the taste.


A quick video




instant rasam from mix


Roasted tamrind which is very brittle and below pic shows tomato powder

rasam mix, instant rasam

instant rasam from home made rasam mix

Dry roast all ingredients except powders

instant rasam mix ingredients

powder  all roasted ingredients and add dry roasted tempering of curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin and red chillies, add this tempering to the ground powder.

instant home made rasam mix

instant rasam mix

store in dry clean jars after cooling down .

So the recipe….


3/4  cup coriander seeds
6-7  red chillies dry
1/4 cup Toor dal/pigeon peas
2 tbsp fried gram dla ( pottu kadalai )
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of turmeric powder
Big pinch of asafoetida powder or asafoetida crystals
big lime  size  tamrind or tamrind powder
4-5 tbsp tomato powder ( if you can get it , otherwise its ok to use a little more tamrind to prepare the mix  )

salt as required.
some curry leaves


Roast all ingredients to golden colour carefully, roast the tamrind well to brittle texture.
Separately roast the curry leaves till crispy.

When all ingredients are cooled well, grind to slightly coarse powder including curry leaves.

For tempering

2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds

some curry leaves, 2 red dry chillies

In a pan add ingredients for tempering , dry roast .

Add the tempered ingredients to the ground powder, mix well. Store in a air tight bottle.

To make rasam instantly.

In  a pan add some 2 tbsp of powder, add around 3 cups of water and add some chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves , or tomato puree..let boil till tomatoes soften. am saying add chopped tomatoes, presuming you have some , or you can skip as the rasam is already tangy  with tomato powder and tamrind powder, but if you are picky and need tomato chunks floating on top, go ahead and use, but adjust the taste accordingly .


Chopped tomatoes can be skipped if your mix has tomato powder . this is a travel pack so there is no need to add tomatoes .

Instant rasam is ready.

No need to temper as everything is added in the powder itself.
no extra dal need be added , but if you happen to have some cooked dal ready , use it and dilute rasam a bit .

The easiest way to make this rasam is in the pressure cooker by adding the water, powder, tomatoes, cilantro chopped, cover and allow 3 whistles , remove after cooled, mash tomatoes with ladle, add a drop of ghee for enhancing rasam flavor.



instant rasam powder mix

Note :

You can have this yummy tomato rasam instead of regular tomato soup in winter as it has several useful spices to ward off cold and provide sufficient heat in cold winter months , excellent as throat is soothed and prevents formation of phlegm.
Just add 2-3 tbsp in a mug, fill with 1 cup of water  and microwave for 2 minutes .




  1. says

    Madam, where were you all these days in my life? I’m ever grateful to you for all the wonderful travel and instant recipes. With your guidance I’m going to prepare them for our son who is leaving to US for his studies. Your website is a treasure trove of yummy, nutritious, time saving and perfectly explained recipes. My mere thanks will not suffice the gratefulness in my heart to you for your efforts and spending valuable time in creating the recipes. May you continue to guide millions like me. Namaste Jyothi from Bengaluru

    • radha says

      thanks a lot, am so humbled with your words of appreciation , with such words i do feel so motivated to continue my work which is a very good hobby for me
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