Rasam Powder is the quintessential aromatic spice blend, which is one of the primary ingredients in a classic South Indian Rasam. This particular tangy, spiced thin soup will not be what it is, without the addition of this spice mixture.
It is a spice blend used in South Indian cuisine to give a unique and delicious flavor to the rasam. It is typically made with a combination of various spices like coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, dried red chilies, fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves.
There are myriad variations to the south Indian rasam and the spice mix masala differs as per the rasam recipe. This masala powder can also be termed a dry condiment while making this typical tangy soupy concoction.
This rasam powder is made using simple ingredients. This stays fresh at room temperature for 2 weeks. I highly recommend not storing this inside the refrigerator as it will spoil the flavor. Take required portions for monthly usage in a small handy jar and keep the large container covered with an air-tight lid in a cool dry place.
Ingredients for Rasam powder
- 1/2 cup coriander seeds
- 1/4 cup cumin seeds
- 1/4 cup black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
- 1/4 cup dried red chilies
- 2 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup curry leaves
Instructions for Rasam powder
- In a pan, dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, and fenugreek seeds until fragrant and lightly browned. Keep stirring to prevent burning.
- Add the dried red chilies and curry leaves to the pan and roasts for another minute.
- Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely.
- Transfer the roasted spices and herbs to a blender or spice grinder and grind them into a fine powder.
- Add turmeric powder to the ground mixture and give it a final mix.
- Store the rasam powder in an airtight container and use it as needed to prepare delicious rasam.
- Use as a seasoning: Rasam powder can be used as a seasoning in various dishes like soups, stews, and curries. It can add a spicy and flavorful kick to your dishes.
- Use in marinades: You can use it as a part of a marinade for meat, fish, or vegetables. It adds a delicious flavor to the dish.
- Sprinkle on snacks: It can be sprinkled on snacks like popcorn, roasted nuts, or boiled potatoes for an added kick of flavor.
- Use as a condiment: You can mix yogurt or sour cream to make a delicious dip or spread for bread or crackers.
- Use in salad dressings: You can use it as a part of your salad dressing to add a spicy and tangy flavor to your salad.
Tips and variations
- To get the best flavor, it’s important to use fresh and high-quality spices. Buy whole spices and roast them at home for maximum flavor.
- You can adjust the spice level to suit your taste. Use fewer dried red chillies or remove the seeds to reduce the heat.
- You can make a large batch and store it in an airtight container for later use. This will save you time and effort when you need to make a rasam.
- There are many different recipes for rasam powder, so try experimenting with different blends of spices to find your favorite.
- Q: Can I make my own rasam powder?
A: Yes, you can make your own rasam powder at home by roasting and grinding the spices together. Homemade rasam powder is often fresher and more flavorful than store-bought versions.
- Q: How should I store rasam powder?
A: To keep it fresh and flavorful, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
- Q: Can I use this powder in other dishes?
A: Yes, rasam powder can be used as a seasoning in other dishes like soups, stews, and curries, or as a marinade for meat, fish, or vegetables.
- Q: Is rasam powder spicy?
A: Yes, It is typically spicy due to the dried red chilies and black peppercorns in the blend. However, you can adjust the spice level to suit your taste.
- Q: What are the health benefits?
A: Rasam powder contains several healthy spices like coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and black peppercorns that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, rasam is known for its digestive properties and can help relieve cold and flu symptoms.