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Traditional Indian King Soup

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Recipe for a Traditional Indian King Soup / Russum or Rasam South Indian


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A white bowl of King Soup with red chili

Traditional Indian King Soup

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


Traditional Indian King Soup/ Russum or Rasam South Indian. It is a soup that our Moms and Grandmothers make when we have the flu. It's very spicy but healing.


  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorn
  • 5 garlic, with the peel
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 tomato, grated
  • Few curry leaves
  • 4 dry chilies
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Fresh coriander/Dhani
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind mixed in 1-liter warm water


Crush the first 4 ingredients (Jeera, mustard seeds, peppercorn, and garlic) together using a pestle and mortar.

Fry onion in oil with chillies.

Once the onion is translucent, add the turmeric and garlic mix.

Cook for 1 minute.

Then add tomatoes, and cook for 1 minute.

Add tamarind water, salt and stir well

Allow boiling for 3 minutes.

Remove from stove and then add the coriander.




  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 57
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 164
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Who invented Rasam?

The traditional preparation of rasam is made with tamarind pulp and black pepper- both abundantly and natively available in South India. According to some other historical sources, the origin of rasam is in Madurai and it dates back to the 16th century when the land was ruled by the Saurashtra rulers.


I found this very interesting post on the Health Site – 10 health benefits of Rasam


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