Apple Rasam/Apple and Tomato Soup

Apple Rasam.. Traditional Rasam recipe with a healthy and nutritious option..

Rasam a South Indian Dish traditionally made with tomatoes and tamarind and toor dal or arhar dal (split pigeon pea) amd lots of pepper. It’s like a thin consistency Lentil and Tomato soup with variations like added tamarind and other spices. Rasam is one of the main dishes of South Indian Meal menu and is usually served before meals. It is also eaten with rice or vadas. I usually serve Rasam as soup and it one of the best comforting and healthy meal or appetizer. We like Tomato Rasam and  love the sweet and tangy taste that comes with the addition of tomatoes and tamarind.

Apple Rasam

What is Apple Rasam..

Apple Rasam is a variation of Tomato Rasam with apples added for a healthy and nutritious twist!! and I got this recipe from Recipe Challenge group partner for this month Sandhya Ramakrishnan who  blogs at  My Cooking Journey. Do visit her wonderful blog for lots of amazing and interesting recipes!!

Recipe Swap Challenge is a Facebook group where the fellow bloggers are paired together and cook from each other’s(pair’s) blog.

This is my first post in the group and looking forward to trying out the recipes from other wonderful fellow bloggers.

This month, when I got paired up with Sandhya, I decided to try some bread recipe from her blog. She has an amazing collection of recipes. I, especially loved the collection of breads on her blog. Then 2-3 days back I sprained my hand and since bread making requires quite some kneading so dropped the idea. While browsing through her recipes I came across this Apple Rasam recipe. I immediately knew what I have to make. I love Rasam but I never made Apple Rasam. The recipe sounded delicious with apples and this was something what I wanted, easy, quick and simple which required less work and comforting!!

Let’s check out the recipe for Apple Rasam.

Recipe Adapted from..My Cooking Journey

Apple and Tomato Rasam

Apple Rasam

A variation of traditional Rasam recipe with apples added for sweet and tangy taste. Flavoured with spices like peppers and cumin it is best paired with rice or can be had like soup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main, Soups
Cuisine Indian Cuisine, South Indian Cuisine


  • 1/4 Cup Toor/Arhar Dal/Split Pigeon Lentils
  • 2 Apples(small) or 1 big
  • 2 Tomatoes (Medium Sized)
  • 1-2 Green Chilli
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns/Whole Kali Mirch
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/Hing
  • 1 tsp Desi Ghee/Oil
  • Salt to Taste

For Tempering

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Desi Ghee/Oil


  • Wash a soak toor dal for 5-10 minutes. Cook Dal in pressure cooker or on stove-top, till soft and mushy. 
  • Keep aside 1/2 apple, and puree the rest of apples with tomatoes, cumin seeds, peppercorns and green chilli.
  • In a pan, add ghee, when the ghee is hot add and saute apples, till soft. This will take around 5-6 minutes.
  • Once the apples are soft, add pureed tomatoes and apples. 
  • Add asafoetida and turmeric. add salt as required. Cook it for another 5 minutes on low flame. 
  • Meanwhile check Dal, mash the cooked dal with a ladle or masher. 
  • Add Dal to the tomato-apple mixture.
  • Add 2-3 cups of water and let it boil for 2-3 minutes and turn off the flame.
  • Prepare the tempering.. In a pan heat ghee, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  • Once the seeds crackle, add the tempering to rasam.
  • Serve hot garnished with chopped fresh cilantro. Squeeze in some lemon juice when serving it will enhance the flavour of rasam.
Keyword Apples, Rasam Recipe


Do try this version of Rasam with Apples. Kids and Rajeev liked the addition of apples in rasam. It gave the dish a sweet and tangy taste.

A vegan-friendly, fuss-free,healthy, nutritious and  wholesome dish that gets ready within 30 mins. It’s gluten-free if you omit Asafoetida/Hing from it.

Check out other Lentil based Soup recipes from the blog..Butternut Squash and Tomato soup with Red Lentils, Tomato Cilantro and Moong Lentil Soup, and many more..

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24 thoughts

  1. This really sounds a interesting rasam recipe. Apple in spiced gravy surely giving a amazing and lip-smacking taste. loved the rasam.

  2. Rasam is always a comfort food in our household and I love to try different rasam. But this apple rasam really got my attention. Looks delicious

  3. WOW !!! An apple rasam is quite interesting one…….. So perfect to have a fruity flavor rasam using apple.

  4. I got introduced to rasam making a few months ago. Its such a versatile recipe, one can basically add so many different ingredients to the basic recipe. Adding apples is an awesome idea, I’m yearning for some after looking at your clicks.

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