Nourishing bowl of peppery South Indian soup perfect for winter or if any of the children are recovering from a cold.
Grind all soaked spice items. Extract tamarind water from soaked tamarind.
Boil Tamarind water. Add sambar powder, salt, ground spice mixture and boil just till it gets frothy.
Add jeera to hot butter, let it sizzle and add to rasam.
According to traditions, rasam should not over-boil or it will develop bitterness from pepper.