Udupi Style Saaru (Rasam)

The name of this dish says it all 🙂

Udupi style Rasam has a unique taste and smell to it. The powder used for this style of Rasam is what makes it unique. I will be posting the recipe for the powder in the next few weeks when I kickstart the ‘Powder Series’.

So here comes the recipe for one the most famous rasam that you find in  Udupi Style festivities and weddings 🙂



Toor Dal – 1 cup

Tomatoes – 1 – chopped finely

Tamarind paste – 2 tbsp

Green Chillies – 2 – slit vertically

Rasam Powder – 4 tbsp

Asofoetida – a pinch or ¼ tsp

Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Urad dal – ½ tsp

Coriander leaves – few – chopped finely

Curry Leaves – few – chopped finely



Pressure cook the toor dal with 2-3 cups of water. Also add a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of ghee.


Make a paste by mixing tamarind paste and rasam powder.


In a deep bottomed pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add mustard seeds and urad dal.

Once they splutter, add the chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and green chillies.


Saute till the tomatoes are mushy.

Add the tamarind and rasam powder paste along with half cup of water.

Boil it well.


Now add the pressure cooked and mashed well toor dal.

Add 2-3 cups of water, turmeric powder, asofoetida and salt. Mix well.

Boil well for about 10 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.


Serve hot with rice.


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