Dal Water Rasam

Dal Water Rasam –  Dal Water Rasam commonly is served to be regular South Indian lunch menu item. Traditionally in Tamilnadu rasam is prepared by extracting the water when boiling or cooking dal for making sambar.
This dal water is also used to mix with rice for babies in the initial stage of introducing solid foods (after 6 months) and also for infants till 2 years, to mix with the regular side dishes (prepared for adults) for reducing the spicy taste.

Dal Water Rasam

Ingredient of Dal Water Rasam

  • Dal water -1 cup
  • Tamarind -pea sized
  • Garlic -2 pods
  • Curry leaves -5
  • Dry red chilli -2
  • Rasam powder -2 tsp
  • Mustard -1/4 tsp
  • Oil -1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida -2 pinches
  • Salt as required

How to extract dal water :

  • Pressure cook the dal (Toor dal, green gram, horse gram) with turmeric powder and 3 drops of ghee. (But we use castor oil, since mist of the kiutchgen doesn’t use castor oil for cooking, replace with ghee)
  • Extract the water to make rasam and keep the dal to make sambar.

Method of Preparation Dal Water Rasam:

  1. Firstly, wash and soak tamarind separately and extract the juice and keep aside.
  2. Then heat oil, fry mustard, asafoetida, chilli, curry leaves, crushed garlic and add the tamarind juice.
  3. Boil for about 2 minutes in low flame and add the tomato pulp added dal water to it.
  4. Now add rasam powder, chilli powder and salt.
  5. Do not boil this rasam too much. Once you see the layers of bubbles/froth formed on the top put off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl with coriander leaves.


  • This method of extracting water can be done while preparing/cooking with Toor dal, green gram dal, horsegram.
  • Adding tomato is optional for dal water rasam, if you want to add then boil the tomato with little water and squeeze out the pulp and mix with dal water.