Lemon Rasam for cold winter

(Recipe by Sudha G Rao)

Rasam is a tasty dish common in Southern Indian states. However, there are several variations in Rasam. Lemon Rasam is one of them which can be had as a refreshing drink in cold winter. It\’s 11º Celsius in Bangalore. Everything is cold here, water, air… At this time, it is best to have a tasty, refreshing drink of lemon rasam.

Lemon Rasam and Ayurveda


Among the citrus fruits, lemon is one. However, according to Ayurvedic Science, the post metabolic effect of lemon turns the digested lemon\’s effect on the body. It turns into into a sweetening component or Madhura rasa. Therefore, lemon reduces Pitta Dosha in the body.

Ingredients to prepare Lemon Rasam

Toor Dal: 1 cup
Water:3 cups
Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato: 1 Medium size
Ghee: 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Green chillies: 1-3 nos.
Hing (Asafoedita): 1 pinch
Jeera (Cumin seeds): 1 pinch
Coriander powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Salt: as per taste preference
Curry leaves: 5-10 leaves
Coriander leaves: 15-20 nos.
Lemon: 1

Preparing Lemon Rasam

Step 1

Pressure cook 1 cup Toor Dal (pigeon pea) with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder added in it. Cook until the dal becomes soft. It usually takes upto 3 whistles for the dal to cook well.

Step 2


Cut a medium sized tomato into small cubes and keep it aside. We will use this later.

Step 3


In a pan, put a tablespoon each of ghee and mustard. when it splutters, add green chillis (1-3 depending on your taste preference) a pinch of hing (asafoetida), jeera (cumin), curry leaves and the tomato cubes and stir the mixture.

Step 4

When tomato becomes soft, add the cooked toor dal and salt as per taste and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 5


Finally, add 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, coriander leaves and squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the mixture and turn off the flame.

Voila! Your delicious and yummy lemon Rasam is ready to be served.



  • Serve this as a refreshing drink before meals.
  • Serve hot with freshly cooked rice and ghee.

— Mahesh Krishnamurthy (Recipe by Sudha G Rao)

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Veena Rao
Veena Rao
5 years ago

Mouth watering!!

Prasad D N
Prasad D N
5 years ago

I suffer from acidity, can I have lemon rasam ?

Reply to  Prasad D N
5 years ago

Yes. It’s really soothing.

5 years ago

Slurpy tasty… just cooked and savoured it.

Reply to  Anoop
5 years ago

Can you give a feedback on how it turned out?

chaitra murthy
chaitra murthy
5 years ago

Sudha ma’am when can I come home to taste this Rasam…. ?????

3 years ago

Sairam Dr.Mahesh,
Experientially I vouch for this recipe of lemon rasam by Sudha which helps to reduce the Pitta in once body.

The story of the experience goes like this.One morning woke up with a blocked nose and other symptoms.As Dr. Mahesh is my family doctor had a consultation regarding the same. His diagnosis about the emotions and situations which lead to the symptoms was bang on and he suggested a diet of only lemon rasam with rice for a day. Since I dint know how to make lemon rasam, asked Sudha for the recipe. Prepared the rasam as per the above instructions and yes, you guessed it right my symptoms disappeared after a day. Thanks to the lemon rasam and I am really amazed how simple things in our kitchen when combined with right ingredients can keep us healthy.

Thank you Sudha. Looking forward to a many more recopies from you which will help us stay healthy.

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