Rasam is Indian version of soup. Tamarind rasam has tamarind as main ingredient with asafetida, tomato (optional), turmeric, lentils, pepper, red & green chillis, cilantro or coriander leaves, salt and garlic (optional). It brings back the appetite during or after fever and is good for indigestion.
The base of tamarind sauce is the pulp of the tamarind fruit, either as a paste, as a juice, or as a concentrate. The flavor of tamarind sauce is both sweet and sour. In addition to being part of complex dishes, tamarind sauce can be used by itself as a dipping sauce for appetizers. One can add date, pepper and other spices to make tamarind sauce -sour, sweet and spicy. It goes well with Indian chats – pav bhaji, golgappa, puffed rice chats, samosas, pappad and other appetizers. It is a most common item on tables of Indian restaurant.