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Garlic Rasam Recipe, Poondu rasam, Tamil Style

Garlic Rasam Recipe or the Poondu rasam as it's known in Tamil is a delicious tamarind soup made with garlic. With freshly ground spices, this rasam variety is very, very tasty with the bits of garlic melting in the mouth.
Course Rasam
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword garlic rasam, rasam recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 56kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 15 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 3 whole dry red chili
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns
  • 1 tsp methi seeds
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste


  • Take a pan and lightly roast the 2 whole dry red chili, cumin seeds, black pepper corns and methi seeds till a nice aroma emanates from it. Allow it to cool and grind to a powder in a dry mixer or coffee grinder.
  • Heat oil and fry the garlic till lightly brown. Remove the garlic from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same oil, add the mustard seeds till they splutter.
  • Add the remaining whole red chili and curry leaves.
  • Mix water to tamarind paste and turmeric and mix till well dissolved.
  • Add this to the tempering and add 4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil
  • Now add the ground powder and fried garlic. Simmer till foam starts forming on top and switch off the flame.
  • Serve hot with some rice and papad.



  • You can use lemon juice instead of tamarind.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.4g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 2.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 2.3g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg