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Rasam is a soupy daal which is the traditional accompaniment to  Dosas. You can add any seasonal vegetables you like to the Rasam if you want to make it into a one pot meal. Green beans, cubed squash, peas, new potatoes or courgettes all taste great. 

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Serves: 4

Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free


  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil 
  • 50g red split lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp sambhar powder
  • 400ml water
  • 4 tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tbsps tamarind liquid (and more to taste)
  • 2 green chillies, kept whole but split and de-seeded
  • To Taste: jaggery, tamarind, salt and lemon


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 red chillies, split, de-seeded
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 6 curry leaves


  1. Heat the oil and stir fry the ginger and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add the lentils, turmeric, sambhar powder, water, tomatoes and tamarind liquid and green chilli.
  3. Simmer for about 20 minutes, then season to taste with salt and a squeeze of lemon and set aside.


  1. Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan and add the chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves. 
  2. When the mustard seeds start to pop, pour the hot oil over the lentil mixture.

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