Indian style homemade rasam powder

South indian style homemade Rasam powder

So What is Rasam?

Rasam is a simple clear soup style recipe accompanying a South Indian meal. Just as its “sibling “,  the Sambhar, it is one of the most versatile and popular dishes of the south.
The heat of the rasam, begins from a home ground rasam powder. The rasam powder is a medley of.. spices, which upon roasting releases its medicinal properties.
Rasam is at its best if you have a cold or a cough and you mouth feels tasteless. It’s one of the least effort dishes in the Indian cuisine once you get your proportions right.. With a small  portion of rice…soaking in a deep bowl of rasam..yummmm… there are no sniffles and coughs anywhere near.

South indian style homemade Rasam powder

South indian style homemade Rasam powder 

Let’s now begin with the powder.

The spices which make up this powder are:

  • Cumin- well known for clearing phlegm
  • Coriander- improved digestion
  • Black Pepper -anti inflammatory
  • Dry red chilies- enhances the flow of blood bad acts as a pain reliever
  • And the lentils… Split pigeon pea – to provide a bit of thickness and flavour to the dish.

Here, I have highlighted only the properties that may be important when you may maybe down with a cold or a flu. But as we have portrayed earlier each of these spices afford more than just this benefit.
Over all the rasam powder is a good one to keep handy. In addition to just rasam.. Try a sprinkle in your stir-fry, your mixed veggie gravy or to your flat bread to create a loving aroma and enhanced taste.  I do liberally sprinkle this on peanuts as I roast them with a drizzle of oil too.

South indian style homemade Rasam powder

South indian style homemade Rasam powder

There are many many variations to this powder. Please leave your suggestions in the comments to try too.

Do also check out the absolute favorite for the South Indian lentil Stew

Sambhar Powder

South indian style homemade Rasam powder

Rasam powder

South Indian style clear soup spice mix
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Preserves
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Medicinal, South indian, Vegetarian


  • 100 grams split pigeon pea 0.5 cup
  • 40 grams turmeric
  • 250 grams coriander seeds 3 cups
  • 50 grams cumin seeds less than 1/3 cup
  • 50 grams Black pepper less than cup 1/3
  • 40 grams dry red chillies
  • 1 cup curryleaves loosely packed


  • Set a plate ready with turmeric placed in it.
  • Set a cast iron wok / kadai, on a low heat.
  • Dry roast the Split pigeon pea till golden brown. Remove and place it on the plate to cool.
  • Add the coriander seeds next and Dry roast till smoky and a lovely aroma is released. Be careful not to burn. Place it on the plate atop of the spices also placed in the plate
  • Roast the jeera and black pepper next. Place them in the same plate.
  • Dry roast the red chilies and follow the same.
  • Follow up with the curry leaves
  • Cool down and powder well.
  • Store the powder in a air tight container.


You can choose to use turmeric powder as some spice mill may not be strong to powder the dry turmeric root.
The curry leaves can be taken off if you are adding fresh, but I find it most convenient to have all in one.
For rasam for 4 people we need around one tbsp of rasam powder.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Nandita Gupta
5 years ago

Much needed recipe. I have always bought rasam powder from the shop and if I get to make it at home, then nothing like it

Soma Mukherjee
5 years ago

My son loves rasam so much this rasam powder would be so handy in my kitchen, lovely recipe.

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Homemade spice powders are always the best, since i started cooking i never bought a single time rasam powder from stores. I just love making this powder at home with my own combination and spices sometime. Such an aromatic spice powder na.

5 years ago

I love homemade spice mixes — they are authentic and without any unnecessary ingredients. The shop bought spices will have a list of ingredients running down the whole page. I love rasam and I got introduced to it during my college days when we had gone to Chennai for an inter college sports meet. Since then, I am hooked on it especially when I am feeling a bit under the weather. It is the perfect warming and light soup! I like how you added the healthy properties of each of the spice!

Thanks for sharing

Vanitha Bhat
5 years ago

Nothing like a large bowl of hot homemade rasam to enjoy with rice or as a soup!!! Looks so flavorful and easy too…must try soon!! Awesome share!

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Homemade fresh spice powders bring out so much flavor into a dish..this rasam powder will surely enhance the taste of rasam. Thanks for the share the season is perfect to treat oneself a bowl of piping hot rasam

5 years ago

Homemade spice powders are always loaded with so much flavor……
Definitely this rasam powder will enhance the taste of any rasam.

5 years ago

Once I made rasam, and god knows what did I do wrong, no one wanted that rasam. I’ll try your easy and simple recipe once again and let you know 🙂

5 years ago

Homemade rasam powder will definitely elevate the taste of the humble rasam! Need to try this sometime, Lovely share 🙂

5 years ago

fabulous recipe documented. Homemade masala are surely a great share as they are freshly made, and so flavorful as compared to storebought.

5 years ago

Homemade Rasam powder always best then the store brought ones.Itoo make rasam powder in home only. Mine is slightly different from your recipe. I use cumin and pepper only.

5 years ago

The best rasam’s secret is nothing but it’s Rasam powder. You just revealed the secret ingredient I guess 🙂 I always pack my mom’s rasam powder and other spice mix whenever I go home. I have been thinking to give myself a try to see how good I am at this. Your recipe reminded me and it said it’s time for that. Thanks for sharing the wonderful and needed recipe.

Geetha Priyanka
5 years ago

Home made spice blends are incomparable with store bought ones when it comes to flavours, aroma or taste. Your Rasam powder just reminded me of authentic spice blends made by my mom. I always failed to recreate, may be because of measurement. Here I have a foolproof recipe to try again. Thanks for sharing…

5 years ago

This is one of the essential powders in my kitchen shelf. Rasam is one comfort or quick meal that we can make. Nice share.

5 years ago

Homemade Rasam powder is always the best. Such a flavorful and fab recipe. I am a fan of Rasam and can have it any time.Superb share.

5 years ago

Rasam is my most favourite south indian dish. Love the taste and flavour specially when it is freshly grounded.. lovely share.

Ritu Tangri
5 years ago

It’s been ages since I made rasam, probably I have even forgotten to make it. I again want to make it. This rasam powder would be a nice start. It may sound stupid, but would like to know how to use it

5 years ago

Homemade masalas are always better than the packet ones. Love the comparison with sambhar🤣😂

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