Lemon Rasam for cold winter

(Recipe by Sudha G Rao)

Rasam is a tasty dish common in Southern Indian states. However, there are several variations in Rasam. Lemon Rasam is one of them which can be had as a refreshing drink in cold winter. It\’s 11º Celsius in Bangalore. Everything is cold here, water, air… At this time, it is best to have a tasty, refreshing drink of lemon rasam.

Lemon Rasam and Ayurveda

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Among the citrus fruits, lemon is one. However, according to Ayurvedic Science, the post metabolic effect of lemon turns the digested lemon\’s effect on the body. It turns into into a sweetening component or Madhura rasa. Therefore, lemon reduces Pitta Dosha in the body.

Ingredients to prepare Lemon Rasam

Toor Dal: 1 cup
Water:3 cups
Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato: 1 Medium size
Ghee: 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Green chillies: 1-3 nos.
Hing (Asafoedita): 1 pinch
Jeera (Cumin seeds): 1 pinch
Coriander powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Salt: as per taste preference
Curry leaves: 5-10 leaves
Coriander leaves: 15-20 nos.
Lemon: 1

Preparing Lemon Rasam

Step 1

Pressure cook 1 cup Toor Dal (pigeon pea) with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder added in it. Cook until the dal becomes soft. It usually takes upto 3 whistles for the dal to cook well.

Step 2

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Cut a medium sized tomato into small cubes and keep it aside. We will use this later.

Step 3

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In a pan, put a tablespoon each of ghee and mustard. when it splutters, add green chillis (1-3 depending on your taste preference) a pinch of hing (asafoetida), jeera (cumin), curry leaves and the tomato cubes and stir the mixture.

Step 4

When tomato becomes soft, add the cooked toor dal and salt as per taste and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 5

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Finally, add 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, coriander leaves and squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the mixture and turn off the flame.

Voila! Your delicious and yummy lemon Rasam is ready to be served.

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Serving

  • Serve this as a refreshing drink before meals.
  • Serve hot with freshly cooked rice and ghee.

— Mahesh Krishnamurthy (Recipe by Sudha G Rao)

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Veena Rao
Veena Rao
3 years ago

Mouth watering!!

Prasad D N
Prasad D N
3 years ago

I suffer from acidity, can I have lemon rasam ?

admin
Admin
Reply to  Prasad D N
3 years ago

Yes. It’s really soothing.

Anoop
Anoop
3 years ago

Slurpy tasty… just cooked and savoured it.

admin
Admin
Reply to  Anoop
3 years ago

Can you give a feedback on how it turned out?

chaitra murthy
chaitra murthy
3 years ago

Sudha ma’am when can I come home to taste this Rasam…. ?????

Usha
Usha
1 year ago

Sairam Dr.Mahesh,
Experientially I vouch for this recipe of lemon rasam by Sudha which helps to reduce the Pitta in once body.

The story of the experience goes like this.One morning woke up with a blocked nose and other symptoms.As Dr. Mahesh is my family doctor had a consultation regarding the same. His diagnosis about the emotions and situations which lead to the symptoms was bang on and he suggested a diet of only lemon rasam with rice for a day. Since I dint know how to make lemon rasam, asked Sudha for the recipe. Prepared the rasam as per the above instructions and yes, you guessed it right my symptoms disappeared after a day. Thanks to the lemon rasam and I am really amazed how simple things in our kitchen when combined with right ingredients can keep us healthy.

Thank you Sudha. Looking forward to a many more recopies from you which will help us stay healthy.

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