Rasam/Soup – Roasted peanuts and Onion



The Creamy, Comforting and spicy vegan stew. They Made with a simple combination of  roasted peanut, tangy tamarind paste and chunky onions.  This stew comes together quickly and would be a great weeknight meal.

It doesn’t require much prep and the hot sauce cuts down on the total number of ingredients, so it’s perfect for cold days and lazy weeknights.

Health benefits:

Dry-roasted peanuts are good sources of essential nutrients and helps lowering your risk for heart disease. While research is still preliminary and results are conflicting, consuming peanuts may also lower your risk for diabetes, cancer and gallstone disease, according to an article published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in March 2009.

Yields: 2-3 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • Roasted peanuts-1/4cup
  • Diced onions-2-3medium (chop it to big chunks)
  • Red chillies-3
  • Tamarind- a small lemon sized (soak in hot water for 10-15minutes)
  • Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
  • Crushed garlic-3cloves
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-1tsp


  • Oil-2tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
  • Curry leaves-6-8
  • Chopped fresh coriander- for garnishing


  • Dry roast the red chillies, cumin seeds for 2-3minutes.
  • Combine 1/4cup peanuts, roasted chillies, cumin seeds and then soaked tamarind along with water in a blender and pulse to a smooth puree/paste. (add more water if required while blending)
  • Now heat oil in a pan add onion, crushed garlic and saute until translucent.
  • Now add the ground paste/puree and cook on a medium low flame for 4-5minutes.
  • Add turmeric, salt and 1/2cup water or as per desired consistency and continue to simmer for 5-6minutes and turn off the flame

For tempering:

  • Heat oil in a small pan add mustard seeds as it splutters add curry leaves saute for few seconds and pour over rasam, stir.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with steamed rice.


  • Include more peanuts for thicker consistency.
  • I diced big chunks of reqular onions- you can use small shallots instead of onions.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on February 22, 2015, in Indian, International, Soups, Salad and Wraps, Vegan. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Even in the summer time you create delicious treats that make the evenings just right 🙂

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  2. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  3. Rasam with peanut, onion that’s awesome C:-)

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  4. I have never thought of rasam with peanuts!!! Looks awesome Chitra 🙂

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  5. This looks delicious! What do you think, cold I substitue cashew nuts for peanuts? I can’t get any fresh peanuts around where I live at the moment…


  6. This looks delicious! What do you think, could I substitute cashew nuts for peanuts? I can’t get any fresh peanuts around where I live at the moment…

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    • Hi Betty,
      Cashew nuts definitely adds creamy texture but taste may vary… you can try unsalted roasted peanuts if available or if using cashews reduce the quantity…. hope this helps- letmme know if any further details required. .. good day.

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  7. This looks like an amazing soup! Wow!

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  8. I have to try this, sounds delicious.

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