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Fiery Tiny Tomato Rasam

Milagu Jeera Rasam Sadam | Spicy Rasam Rice

  • Author: Shri Repp
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Milagu jeera rasam sadam is a spicy and brothy rice dish. The soupy rasam is flavored with cumin, black peppercorn, tomatoes, and tamarind and is poured over fluffy rice for a hearty meal.



Ingredients for tempering

  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 whole dried red chilies
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing or asafetida 
  • (Optional) cilantro for garnish, chopped 
  • (Optional for serving) 2 cups basmati rice, cooked


  1. In the mortar and pestle, add the four garlic cloves and pound into a coarse paste. In a medium pot on medium heat add 2 tsps of oil. Next, add the garlic and sauté until the garlic softens (about 2-3 minutes).
  2. Add tomatoes and salt. Mix to incorporate and allow the skin on the tomatoes to wrinkle and soften (about 2-3 minutes). 
  3. Pour the tamarind water along with the regular cups of water into the pot and increase heat to medium-high. Allow the rasam to come to a rolling boil. Once the rasam has come to boil, turn off the heat, add the rasam powder, and stir. 
  4. Make the thalipu or tadka: In a small pan on medium-high heat add 1 Tbs of oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilis, curry leaves, and asofetida and temper the spices. When the spices start dancing in the oil and you hear popping noises, it is time to pour the flavored spices and oil into the rasam. This step goes pretty quickly so make sure you have all your ingredients ready and make sure not to burn the spices or else it will impart a bitter taste to the rasam.
  5. Add chopped cilantro to add a fresh herbal finish. You can either enjoy the rasam as a brothy soup on its own or ladle it over some basmati rice for a more substantial meal.
  6. Taste; adjust for salt. Scoop a mound full of sadam aka rice in a bowl and ladle as much rasam as you desire over it. Optionally garnish with cilantro! 


  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Milagu Jeera Rasam Sadam | Spicy Rasam Rice