Homemade Rasam Powder

Rasam powder is a must if you want to make Indian rasam – a delicious thin soup, perfect over rice. Its heat comes from dried red chilies. You can control the spice with your red chili choice. We recommend Kashmiri chili in this recipe (relatively mild – 1,000 to 2,000 Scoville heat units), but there are many alternatives, including cayenne pepper, if you want a significant increase in heat.

rasam powder

But rasam powder can do a lot more in the kitchen than this. It’s like garam masala – a versatile seasoning that can flavor everything from curries to fresh vegetables. It can even make a flavorful dried rub for meats. If you favor DIY seasonings, there’s a lot of versatility here.

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rasam powder

Rasam Powder

A versatile exotic spice blend
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Seasoning
Servings 64 servings
Calories 9 kcal


  • cup coriander seeds
  • 25  dry red chillies  mix Kashmiri and/or hotter chilies (up to 30 dried chilies if you prefer)
  • 9 curry leaves
  • 1/3  cup  toor dal 
  • 1/4  cup  black peppercorns
  • tablespoons  chana dal
  • teaspoon  cumin seeds
  • 1/2  teaspoon  turmeric powder


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add the coriander seeds and curry leaves. Heat the spices, stirring often, until aromatic – 30 seconds to 1 minute, then transfer the spices to a bowl. 
  • In the pan, add the toor dal and chana dal and heat, stirring often, until they turn a light brown. Transfer the mix to the plate with the coriander and curry leaves. 
  • Place the black peppercorns and cumin seeds in the same pan and heat, stirring often, both until aromatic – 30 seconds to 1 minute, then transfer to the plate with other spices. 
  • Add the Kashmiri chilies (or dried red chili of your choice) to the pan and heat them, stirring often, until aromatic.
  • Place all ingredients into a spice grinder (or use a mortar and pestle) and grind the spices into a fine powder. Use immediately, or place into an airtight jar for future use. 


Calories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Kashmiri Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 16, 2023 to include new content.
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