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Selavu rasam

Selavu rasam is prepared with kollu/ horsegram in the rasam powder, best homeremedy for common cold. Step by step photos.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2


  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind tightly packed
  • 6 Garlic flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera/ cumin seeds
  • 1 Curry leaves sprig
  • teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander leaves chopped
  • Salt – As needed

To roast

  • 1 & ½ teaspoon Kollu / Horse gram
  • 1 & ½ teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 Red chilli

To temper

  • 1 teaspoon Oil/ ghee
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida


  • Mash roughly chopped tomatoes with your hands in a bowl and keep aside. You can add little water while mashing if you need.
  • Soak tamarind in ½ cup hot water for 20  mins and extract  its juice, keep aside.
  • In a pan, dry roast horse gram, coriander seeds and red chilli in medium flame, until the horse gram turns golden red in colour. Take care not to burn it. Just roast until golden in colour and fragrant.
  • Grind it along with pepper, jeera and curry leaves, to a powder in a mixer.
  • Heat oil/ ghee in kadai, temper with mustard. Sprinkle asafotida and put the flame to low. Add the ground powder, turmeric powder and crushed garlic.
  • Give it a fry and add the mashed tomato.
  • Add tamarind extract, salt and enough water and boil for 5 minutes. Switch off the flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


  • While roasting, you will hear horse gram cracking sound starting. And you will be able to smell nice aroma too.
  • Adjust tamarind amount according to the tanginess of tomatoes.
  • Do not add more than mentioned kollu or coriander, otherwise rasam will become thick.
  • Water quantity is apporx. 3 cups for this rasam. But use this only as guidance.
  • You can try the same with toor dal in place of kollu/ horse gram.