Andhra Tomato Chaaru / Rasam

3 fully riped tomatoes
1/3 cup coriander stems with or without leaves
6-8 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger piece
1 sprig of curry leaves
2 tsp cumin seeds/ jeera
1/4 tsp pepper 
Salt to taste
1.5 cups water
Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing

1 tblsp oil
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp asafoetida / hing powder
2 broken dry red chillies
1/2 tsp haldi / turmeric powder


  • Roughly chop tomatoes and boil with half cup water, let it cool and blend it
  • Make a coarse paste of coriander leaves,garlic,ginger,curry leaves , cumin seeds and pepper. Keep it aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan put oil, add mustard , let them crackle.
  • Add urad dal and fry till they turn golden brown.
  • Put red chilli bits and hing, stir for a second and add coarsely ground mixture
  • Saute for a second on a low flame, taking care the mixture doesnt burn
  • Once you get the nice aroma, add turmeric powder, and give a mix.
  • Now it is the time to add tomato puree. Add puree , season with salt and  add 1.5 cups water
  • Mix well and boil it on a medium flame for 5-10 mins.
  • Turn off the flame ,garnish with chopped coriander leaves .
  • Serve hot with hot steamed rice and papad.


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