Smita Chandra's Rasam (Spicy Tamarind Soup)

Spicy Tamarind Soup

Spicy Tamarind Soup

Tamarind—aks Indian date—contributes a sweet-and-sour flavor that pairs well with aromatic rasam powder, a toasted blend of dal, chiles and spices.Ingalls Photography

Rasam powder—a toasted blend of chana dal, chiles, and whole spices—combines with curry leaves, chiles, and a host of other spices in this peppery south Indian soup, a staple of the January harvest festival known as Pongal. This recipe, which comes to us from cookbook author and cooking instructor Smita Chandra, first appeared in our August/September 2014 special India issue with VK Sreelash's story Cooking Cousins.

Find this recipe in our cookbook, SAVEUR: Soups and Stews