Kalyana Rasam ( wedding rasam )

I always take pride that  the two most prepared items  in our kitchen , the rasam and sambar has been perfected over the years through several trials and many varieties are being prepared, yet there always comes the time when you sit down to a scrumptious wedding feast and served hot sambar or rasam , you start yearning , wistfully, why cant we get the exact taste like the kalyana rasam .After watching a tv programme  recently, where this was prepared and after trying several times myself , am convinced that I got almost 99 percent the taste of the wedding rasam or in short the Kalyan rasam.

You can also try and find out how this recipe works for you too.


kalyana rasam, wedding rasam

kalyana rasam



1 small berry size Tamarind   ( to give 1  cup tamrind water )
4  Tomatoes  if using small ones or 3 nos will do.
2 green chillies slit
2   tbsp  Toor dal
1 tsp of any home made rasam powder you have  ( although this is really not necessary as we
are going to add the freshly roasted and ground powder towards the end, but I
like to add my home made powder too in the first stage of boiling . this step is optional and can be skipped )
Pinch of turmeric powder
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste
Sprigs of curry leaves
Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.

Roast and grind

 2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp ghee
1 tbsp  toor dal
1 tsp pepper
2- 4 red dry chillis
½ tsp cumin seeds
For tempering
1 tsp ghee/oil
1/ tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp of cumin  and pepper  ground powder ( no need to roast )


Keep the tamrind soaked in warm water and  extract the juice.. Cook the toor dal  in a pressure cooker when you cook rice.. Keep
this aside when it is cooked .Mash the dal well.we will use the dal water  later.
Roast and grind ingredients given under the heading. Keep
aside when powdered.
 After extracting
juice from tamrind, , pour in a vessel used to make rasam and keep on gas, add
turmeric powder, pinch of asafoetida, chop two  tomatoes ,slit green chillies,  salt, sprigs of curry leaves.Let
this boil.
Make a puree of the other two tomatoes and add it to the
mixture , to give a lovely red colour to the rasam.
If you feel the whole mixture after adding tomato puree
seems thick , add little water  and  let the raw rasam mixture come to a fine
By now you kitchen will emanate fine rasam aroma, but wait
it is not over, once the raw smell  is
gone , time to add the mashed dal and add two or 3 cups of more water to the
rasam to a thin consistency. Let this boil for couple of minutes till it
froths. At this stage add the ground powder which we prepared previously and
give a  minutes boil, Now a different
even more enticing aroma will envelope your kitchen and I bet you cant wait to
get it ready and have  it with hot rice
all by itself without waiting for veggies to get ready,. Just a papad will
Last step is give the tadka or the tempering with oil,
mustard seeds and pour into the rasam, a tempering with ghee will definitely be
very tasty . Now ad the cumin pepper powder to the tempering. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


Actually, I feel this kind of rasam preparation is good for
those who do not have ready rasam powder in bulk in the kitchen and do this
very rarely; they can adopt this method which is definitely the best you will
see after tasting the rasam. In fact I keep the weeks stock of roasted ground
ready powder  to prepare this kind of
rasam every day.



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