Watermelon Soup

Watermelon Rasam

Watermelon rasam is a thin, watery, fruit based rasam or soup made in South India.It is a spicy, sweet, tangy soup which is gluten free. It usually accompanies hot steaming rice in a lunch menu, but also can be relished as a soup. It is vegan friendly.

Watermelon Soup
Watermelon Rasam/Soup

What is rasam?

Rasam /Saaru / Chaaru is a thin watery soup of South Indian origin. It is traditionally prepared using tamarind extract/juice as a base, with an addition of tomatoes, chili peppers and spices like cumin and coriander seeds as seasoning.

What are the different varieties of rasam?

You can make any number of instant rasam’s if you have your homemade rasam powder ready. I prefer homemade spice powders, since the aroma from freshly made spices taste better then the one’s sitting in the store aisle for months together.

How is rasam consumed in South India?

In Sanskrit, rasam means “the essential products of digestion.”

South Indian traditional food, is largely non-greasy. It consists of cooked rice usually served with sambarrasam, dry and/or curried vegetables, and yogurt/curd (usually in that order too!). 

Rasam is mostly eaten with rice and rarely separate as a spicy soup. in South India. In a traditional South Indian meal, it is preceded by a sambar rice course and is followed by curd rice. 

How to make Watermelon Rasam?

Watermelon Rasam

Recipe by Maya Shetty

Watermelon rasam is a thin, watery, fruit based rasam or soup made in South India.It is a spicy, sweet, tangy soup which is gluten free. It usually accompanies hot steaming rice in a lunch menu, but also can be relished as a soup. It is vegan friendly.

Course: SOUPSCuisine: Indian, South IndianDifficulty: Easy
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Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

481

kcal
Total time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Watermelon Juice freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 tsp Tamarind paste diluted in 1 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup Toor Dhal cooked and mashed into paste

  • 1 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds

  • 4 -5 Garlic cloves crushed

  • 2 tsp Rasam powder homemade or store bought

  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper crushed

  • A pinch Hing/Asaefoetida

  • Salt to taste

  • For seasoning/Tempering
  • 1 tsp Ghee

  • A sprig Curry leaves

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

  • For garnishing
  • A few Cilantro/Coriander leaves

  • 1 tsp Lemon/Lime Juice squeeze fresh

Directions

  • Pressure cook the Toor Dhal and mash it when slightly cool. Set aside.
  • Cut the watermelon into small pieces and add it to the blender to puree it.Strain and extract 3 cups of fresh water melon juice from the blended watermelon.
  • Make tamarind water by mixing the tamarind extract in 1 cup of water.
  • Next mix the tamarind water to the watermelon juice. to this add the crushed garlic cloves and black pepper.
  • Next add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, rasam powder, salt, hing/asoefoetida to the above & mix well.
  • Now pour the above mixture into the cooked dhal along with cumin seeds and cook on medium flame.Add more water if needed.
  • Simultaneously, in a seasoning pan warm ghee/coconut oil and then add mustard seeds & curry leaves. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter. Remove from flame .
  • Meanwhile, allow the rasam to boil and become frothy. Switch off the flame & set aside
  • Now add the seasoning/tempered ingredients to the rasam. squeeze lime & garnish with cilantro./coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or as a soup. A dollop of ghee while serving enhances the taste further,

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories481
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 6g 10%
    • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Cholesterol 13mg 5%
  • Sodium 26mg 2%
  • Potassium 48mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 1g 2%

  • Vitamin A 8%
  • Vitamin C 5%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 6%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

List of my recipes using watermelon

Watermelon is a delicious low calorie treat with numerous health benefits.It is abundant during summer season.There are so many ways you can use watermelon in your recipes, listed below are some of the recipes, I have used watermelon in summer .

The Bottom Line

Would you try to make this spicy sweet, tangy Watermelon rasam/soup this summer? Share with us the different ways you have used watermelon this season.

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