Pepper rasam / Kurumulagu rasam

Pepper rasam is a very popular South Indian delicacy.  Though I am not a big fan of rasam, nor do I prepare it very often, but this is one such dish which tastes great with steamed rice.  Pour a teaspoon of ghee and it tastes yumm… Moreover this is a best medicine to cure cold and fever.  I usually grind the masala for rasam in mortar and pestle, but you can coarsely grind it using mixer jar also.  I served this rasam with some egg burji.  Now to the recipe..

pepper rasam

Ingredients required

pepper  – 1  1/2 tablespoon

dry red chilly  – 1

garlic – 8 – 9

cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

tamarind – gooseberry sized ball

salt  – to taste

For seasoning

oil  – 1 teaspoon

mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

curry leaves – 1 sprig

asafoetida  – a pinch


1.  Wash tamarind, soak it in hot water for some time, extract the  juice, strain it and keep it aside.

2.  Crush dry red chilly, pepper, jeera, garlic using a mortar and pestle.  (You can also crush it coarsely using a mixer jar also.)

3.  In a kadai / pan, heat oil.  When oil is hot enough splutter mustard seeds.  Then add the other ingredients given under the heading “for tempering”.

4.  Next add half of the crushed pepper mixture, and saute for few seconds.

5.  Now add tamarind extract, water and bring it to boil.  Next add the remaining half of the crushed pepper mixture, salt and bring it to boil.  Don’t boil for a long time (or it will get bitter).  Turn off the flame.

6.  Serve with rice and poriyal.

kurumulagu ragam