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Rasam Podi 

As I mentioned earlier, some podi can be added as an extra / main ingredient, to enhance the taste of the dish. One among this category is Rasam Podi/Powder. Rasam podi is a powder made from cumin seeds, pepper, toor dal, dried red chillies, and asafoetida. I always prefer homemade podi for my cooking. The procedure and proportion of the spices and lentils differ from each household.Rasam is a soup kind of dish made with tamarind juice. The powder added to this soup differs from each household. There are varieties of rasam made in south Indian cuisine. I love rasam. My meal is not complete without rasam. 




  • 10 round dry red chillies

  • 50 gm of pepper

  • 50 gm of toor dal

  • 150 gm cumin seeds

  • 2teaspoon of asafoetida powder


  1. Add the cumin seeds, pepper, red chillies and toor dal in a mixer jar..

  2. Add the asafoetida powder and grind everything together into a fine powder.

  3. Store it in an air tight container.  

     Spicy and healthy homemade Rasam Powder is ready!    


 Tips / variations:  

  • Adding a handful of curry leaves will enhance the taste and flavour of the dish.

  • If crystal asafoetida is used, roast them in oil before grinding.


Shelf Life: 

  • It can be stored for 6 to 8 months in an airtight container.


Nutrients value: 

  • Asafoetida powder helps reduce bloating and other stomach problems.

  • Cumin seeds promote digestion and a rich source of Iron.

  • Black pepper contains antimicrobial compounds that help keep food fresh. It also reduces Cancer Risk and fights the flu, colds and fungal infections.