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Charu Recipe

Charu or Andhra Rasam is a deliciously spiced tamarind soup that you will just fall in love with.
Course Indian Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Keyword charu recipe, rasam recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 93kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 1/2 onion
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 no. whole dried red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 small sized tomato
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste or tamarind about a small ball, soaked in water
  • 3 cups water


  • Grind together onion, pepper, cumin seeds, garlic, coriander seeds and red chili coarsely.
  • Add tomato, curry leaves, turmeric,  and salt and pulse for 5 seconds to make a paste.
  • Heat oil, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the ground paste.
  • Fry for a couple of minutes till the raw smell of the ground paste vanishes.
  • Add tamarind water and keep the flame low.
  • Allow the liquid to simmer. Don’t let the charu boil. When it starts foaming and is just about to boil, switch off the flame.



  1. Never boil the charu. Turn off when it turns frothy.