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Recipe for Rasam powder | South Indian Homemade Rasam Podi

Recipe for rasam powder - a perfectly simple and versatile rasa podi that you can use to make all types of rasam. All you need is a handful of ingredients and a blender. This powder can be stored for upto 6 months!
Course Lunch
Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Cuisine
Keyword rasam, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 Times
Author Niveditha


  • Saute Pan
  • Blender or spice grinder


  • 1 cup* Dry Coriander Seeds
  • 3/4 cup* Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup* Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup* Toor Dal
  • 12 medium Dry Chillies , (unshrivelled, see the image above)
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves , optional
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida Powder


  • In a sauté pan, dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, pepper separately until it starts crackling or letting out aroma. Ensure to keep it in medium flame.
  • Transfer those to a wide plate. Add the toor dal to the sauté pan and sauté it until its all begins to turn golden brown color. Transfer to the same plate.
  • Sauté the chillies and curry leaves (if using) until the curry leaves are crisp and the chillies begin to blacken. Keep moving them around to avoid burning them. Add to the plate and let it all cool down.
  • Once its cooled down a bit, transfer it to a blender or spice grinder and pulse a few times. After its all broken down, grind it to an almost fine but not completely fine powder. It should be in between coarse and fine.
  • Transfer it back to the plate and stir with a fork to spread it out. Once it has cooled down, transfer it to an airtight container to store it for later.


  • A tsp of this powder should be enough for rasam for 2-3 people. If you need more spice, add ground pepper powder while making rasam.
  • This rasam powder stays well for upto 6 months when stored in a perfectly air tight jar.
  • You can choose to make a smaller batch or store half the powder in refrigerator.
  • The powder should be completely cooled before storing in a container.
  • Ensure that you use a clean and dry spoon when you want some of it.
  • To keep the flavor intact, avoid opening the container often. You can do that by storing a little bit of it in a smaller container for frequent use.