Hunase Saaru Recipe - Mysore Style Spicy Tamarind Rasam

Hunase Saaru Recipe is essentially a tamarind rasam, made with the addition of rasam masala, with an authentic tadka of mustard seeds, curry leaves an asafoetida, all of which add to the lovely flavour profile of this rasam.

Madhuri Aggarwal
Hunase Saaru Recipe - Mysore Style Spicy Tamarind Rasam
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Hunase Saaru Recipe or Spicy Tamarind Saaru or Rasam is a quick comforting hot South Indian broth popularly made in Mysore and across South India.  It is tangy, sweet, spicy and best had piping hot. Perfect for a bout of the sniffles or a sore throat, its warmth can be comforting and healing during the winter.

Hunase Saaru Recipe can be had as a warm drink accompanying a South Indian thali meal, or even simply served over Steamed Rice with a dollop of ghee. 

Explore some other varieties of Rasam such as

  1. Pineapple Rasam
  2. Mango Rasam
  3. Kollu Rasam 

Cuisine: Karnataka
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


2 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Tamarind , soaked and pulped (you can also try this recipe for preparing tamarind water)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • 12 Curry leaves
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Rasam Powder , or red chilly powder
  • 2 tablespoon Jaggery , powdered
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee

How to make Hunase Saaru Recipe - Mysore Style Spicy Tamarind Rasam

  1. To begin making the Hunase Saaru Recipe or Mysore Style Spicy Tamarind Rasam first heat ghee in a kadai,  to this, add mustard seeds and cumin and allow it to crackle.

  2. Next, add asafoetida, curry leaves and red chillies and stir gently till they crisp up.

  3. Add the prepared tamarind extract, 1.5 cups water along with the rasam powder, salt, jaggery powder and bring the whole mixture to a boil on a high heat.

  4. Allow it to simmer for 5 to 10 mins till the quantity reduces to 3/4th its original volume. By now the tamarind will lose its raw smell and the spices will  be well amalgamated. 

  5. Taste the rasam for spice, tang and sweetness levels and adjust by adding rasam powder/chilli powder or jaggery, as required.

  6. Take it off the heat and serve hot as a drink accompanying a South Indian thali meal, or over Steamed Rice with a dollop of ghee.