Lemon Rasam is a simple and a traditional recipe. Rasam is the authentic dish of South India which can be termed as  soothing soup. The sour taste of lime garnished with the flavors of coriander leaves and pinch of asafoetida gives a perfect aroma. Lemon rasam would be better choice when you wanted to prepare a quick recipe or a dish for your rice after your step in the home.


Ingredients :

Lemon- 1/2

Water – 2 cups

Green chilli-  1 crushed

Garlic – 2 crushed with skin

Spice powders (turmeric, chilli, corainder) – 1/2 tsp each

Asafoetida – 1 or 2 pinches

Salt – 1 tbsp

Oil – 1/4 tsp

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves – to garnish

Red chilli -1

Peppercorns – 4-5

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Tomato – 1/2


Method of preparation :

  1. Heat oil : Add mustard, pepper, jeera, chilli,curry leaves, asafoetida, tomato
  2. Cook mushy + add water + spice powders + crushed Garlic & green chilli
  3. Add salt and boil
  4. Squeeze lemon juice and put off flame
  5. Garnish coriander leaves

Step-wise pictures of Lemon Rasam :

IMG_46771. Set in all your ingredients ready

IMG_46792. Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and add mustard

IMG_46803. Add Jeera/cumin seeds, curry leaves, peppercorns, red chilli,

IMG_46824. Add a pinch of Asafoetida powder

IMG_46835. Add finely chopped tomatoes

IMG_46846. Fry in low flame until soft and mushy

IMG_46857. Add about 3-4 cups of water

IMG_46868. Add in crushed garlic and chilli

IMG_46879. Add in the spice powders.

IMG_468810. Add salt and increase the flame

IMG_469611. Let it boil until raw smell leaves off (5-8 minutes)

IMG_469112. Now take the pieces of lemon and deseed them

IMG_469813. Squeeze the lemon juice and reduce the flame

IMG_469914. Add coriander leaves and put off the flame

IMG_470115.  Transfer to a serving bowl



  • Do not boil after adding lemon juice as they tend to become bitter.
  • Adjust the spice powders according to your requirment
  • You can also make a puree of tomato and add instead frying
  • Actual recipe of lemon rasam doesnt require garlic. Just because I love flavor of garlic add 2 cloves


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