Thursday, October 25, 2012

V8 Rasam

I love this time of the year. Growing up in India I could only dream of seeing autumn with leaves changing to beautiful colors and the air cool and crisp with the right kind of nip. Some days do get unusually cold like the last weekend when the temperatures dipped to the low 30s. I remembered some of my close friends and family who have stood by me through the years and wished I could meet them more often. Weather always affects my mood and this one was in a pleasant way!

 To go with the cool temperature I decided to make some hot rasam and I often make it using the vegetable juice (V8). I like the spicy one. It takes less than a minute and tastes great. A side of lemon rice and pappadums would be wonderful with this bowl of soup.


(For one person)
2 small cans of V8 juice 
1 teaspooon mustard seeds
3-4 leaves of curry patta
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1 teaspoon red chili powder
2 teaspoons rasam powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
a pinch or turmeric
1 cup water
half a lime
salt as required
1 teaspoon oil

  1. Heat oil in a pot.
  2. Drop the mustard seeds, methi and asafoetida.
  3. Add the curry leaves and cover the pot.
  4. Quickly add the rasam powder and chili powder
  5.  Pour the V8 juice,water and sugar
  6. Cover and let it come to a boil.
  7. Adjust salt according to taste. 
  8. Squirt juice of half a lime just before serving.


  1. Colour itself inviting, delicious and comforting rasam.

  2. delicious and comforting rasam and wonderful pics!!

  3. So beautiful! Wish I could be there to drink in the autumn colours and the rasam with you!

  4. V8 - that's a new term for me. Good to learn something every day :-)

    Love the placement of the last two pictures. Spicy rasam and fall leaves - the same hot red!

    1. The red leaves did remind me of having something hot and spicy! V8 is so convenient!

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  6. Genius!! I love V8 (Low Sodium) just as it is, and to have a quick fire Rasam out of it wonder idea !! I would however go the traditional route and put in a bit of rasam powder and tamarind.. but this would work way better than the regular tomato puree or paste versions!!

    Kudos !!

    1. Thank you! Glad you like it. I have actually added rasam powder but I like the idea of adding tamarind.