April 6, 2016

Elumichai Pazham Rasam | Lemon Rasam | How to make Lemon Rasam (broth)

Sometimes, after a heavy food binge or perhaps in cold weather, one craves for simple fuss-free food ... on such days, for most of us at home, its Rasam (or a simple broth) which can be sipped as soup as well as had with piping hot rice / cooked Lapsi.

I love this Lemon Rasam (or Elumichai Pazham Rasam). Simple, satvic (no onion/ garlic) and comforting - thats how we like it. Can be made in a jiffy if you have cooked dal (lentils) at home : it takes max 15 mins to put this together while the rest of the meal is prepped. I served it with a simple dish of steamed rice, steamed broccoli stir fry. Goes well with pickle and papad too.

Other varieties of Rasam we make at home are:

Tomato Onion Rasam
Mysore Rasam
Vettalai Rasam (betel leaves Rasam)
Garlic Rasam (Poondu Rasam)
Jeeraga Milagu Rasam (Cumin-pepper Spicy Rasam)
Poricha Rasam (Spiced lentil rasam)
Tomato Rasam

Lets see how its made at my place.

Elumichai Rasam - Lemony broth (Rasam) |
Gluten Free Lentil broth flavoured with Lemon (can be made vegan too)

Prep time : 10 mins, cook time : 5 mins | Serves : 4


  • Cooked Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu / pigeon peas - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric - a pinch
  • Hot water - 2 cups
  • Lemon juice - 1 TBSP
  • Ghee / oil - 1 tsp (use oil for vegan version)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, jeera / cumin seeds, red chillies broken (2 nos), chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.


  1. Soak dal and pressure cook Toor dal with turmeric and a drop of oil till mushy - takes 3 to 4 whistles in the cooker.
  2. Mash the dal well with the hot water.
  3. In a pan, add the mashed dal broth, salt and let it come to a rolling boil. 
  4. Make the tempering with ghee / oil and all the tempering ingredients. Add to the boiling rasam and switch off.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, add in the lemon juice and mix well.
  6. PS: Once you add the lemon, the rasam cannot be re-heated as it would turn bitter. So add accordingly 
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice, pickle / papad and a simple stir fry

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  1. Your post reminded me that I haven't posted a single rasam recipe even though I prepare it everyday. Love this rasam, Kalyani.

  2. Even I love this simple rasam. Looks like it is going to be a day of lemon recipes for those doing Tamil cuisine. :)

  3. You know i am a great fan of rasam , i must try the different versions you have on your blog . Lemon rasam sounds mouth watering 😀

  4. Hey its raining rasams today. Love this

  5. I am really tempted to sip on some steaming hot rasam. Looks amazing and lemon rasam is my favorite :)

  6. the pics are very beautiful Kalyani..deep lemon colored rasam on steamed rice ..is how i would like to end a long day most times

  7. Another lovely rasam. :) They are always everyone's favourite. Rasam with papad is a hearty meal for me.. :)

  8. Nice pictures..I especially like the one with rice and this rasam..

  9. Same pinch Kalyani. Even I made this but a little different. This is so tasty with hot rice. Love it..

  10. Very comforting food love that picture with rice rasam and side dish perfect...

  11. Yum, yummy looking lemon rasam Kalyani. Such a easy and comforting dish.

  12. Comforting food and love your clicks. Yum

  13. Your rasam looks so yummy Kalyani. And amazing clicks!!

  14. I just saw Gayatri's rasam and now your post is tempting me again.You guys are killing me.Lovely rasam.

  15. Lovely rasam Kalyani, looks delicious:)

  16. Another version of ellumichai rasam,sounds inviting..

  17. Can smell the flavor of this rasam, a different version from Gayathri's. Comforting food again.

  18. I usually add a slit green chili and some chopped ginger also when its boiling! This is so perfect for the weather we are having now.

  19. although I have tried a number of different rasams I havent done lemon yet must have such a bright flavor

  20. I love to sip rasam no matter what the season is!! And that pic of rasam over the rice looks so appetizing Kalyani. I would love to have that plate right now...

  21. Slurplicious kalyani!!! Looks very tempting!! Flavorful rasam! !

  22. Good choice for E. Flavourful lemon rasam!!

  23. Looks very tempting Kal. Lovely choice

  24. Rasam is my all time favourite! It is a pure comfort food!


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