Weather in this part of the world has been affected by Typhoons. To keep up with this bad weather this simple yummy and tangy Lemon rasam comes as a rescue.This recipe has been passed on from our greatgrandmothers who had such simple home remedies. We can have it as a soup or it goes well with Kootu or Spicy Kozambhu ,piping hot rice ,ghee and papad.

This week’s theme was suggested by Sasmita who blogs atย https://www.firsttimercook.com. Do check her blog for the simple and yummy recipes. My humble contribution for 162nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Lemonaffair is this simple and delicious Lemon Rasam.

Recipe for Lemon Rasam / Nimbehannu Saaru:


3/4 Cup Boiled and Mashed Toor dal

2 Medium Tomatoes

2 Green Chillies finely chopped

2″ Ginger grated

3 Cups of water

Salt to Taste

1/2 Cup finely Chopped Coriander

Few Sprigs of Curry leaves

1/2 Tsp Mustard / Rai

1/2 Tsp Jeera

2 Dry Red Chillies

1 Tbsp Ghee

Juice of one Big Lemon

Generous pinch of Asafoetida /Hing


Boil the dal in a pressure cooker and mash it nicely.Keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add water, chopped tomatoes, grated ginger,finely chopped green chillies , half of chopped corianer. Keep it on medium flame and let it boil untill the tomatoes turn mushy. Mix well. Now add the dal and mix well. Let it boil for 5 mins. Pour the tadka and mix well. Let it boil for 2-3 mins. Switch off the flame and add the lemon juice.

Garnish with the remaining coriander and serve as a soup or pair it with kootu or spicy kozambhu and Rice and Papad.

For Tadka:

Heat the ghee. Add mustard seeds and red chillies torn into pieces.Once it splutters add jeera and curry leaves and a generous pinch of Hing.Switch off the flame.

This is good for sore throat as well.



  1. Must have rained a lot on your side because of the typhoon. My son in law was in HongKong and we were worried a lot but now he’s safe back to Dubai. You know the rasam bug has caught me ever since I made my first rasam for another challenge, so definitely will try this lemon one. Anything with lemon is a winner with me.

  2. In my house we cant just make nimbe hannu saaru for lunch alone. It starts as soon as it is made in cups and no one cares much for the other stuff around. I am so happy now i have a new version to try in my biggest pot

  3. Hope everything is back to normal now. Though rasam is a regular dish in my home never tried lemon rasam. It sounds so flavourful and delicious. I am saving this recipe to try next time I think of preparing rasam. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

  4. I love the flavor of this rasam, it looks so perfect. I occasionally make this rasam and my husband loves it, he would be very satisfied if I make some fryums or papad with this rasam.

  5. My family is Rasam lover family. Never tried Lemon Rasam before. Definitely it tastes amazing with that extra punch of lemon. Need just hot steaming rice and this bowl of hot Rasam. Super yummm

  6. I never have had rasam but it looks so lipsmacking with fresh and beautiful flavours. With winters approaching, Would love to try it out for sure. Bookmarking it! Thanks for the share!

  7. Can you imagine how strongly beautiful and tempting is this rasam, that as soon as I saw it my mouth was watering. tempting pictures with such a lip smacking rasam.

    1. 1cup=160ml here. You can boil the dal directly in case you donโ€™t own a pressure cooker. Soak dal for about 40 mins. Boil the the dal in 3 cups of water until soft and mushy.some dal take longer. To start with you add 2 cups of water . You can add more water if needed later. Add a drop of cooking oil to the dal before you boil.
      Trust this helps.

      Would like to hear from you whenever you try.

  8. This is awesome I absolutely loved lemon rasam but had no clue as how I can make it. Such a delicious and definitely healthy recipe it needs all the love we can get it.

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