Miriyala Charu – Andhra Pepper Flavored Rasam

Miriyala Charu

Rasam or Charu is an essential part of a traditional Andhra bhojanam (meal). Comforting, earthy, warm with health supporting properties, pepper flavored charu is seasoned with asafoetida and garnished with fresh coriander. Works as a perfect antidote for a runny nose.

Miriyala Charu – Pepper Rasam Recipe

Preparation: 15-20 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: South Indian



2 tbsps cooked and mashed tur dal/red gram dal/kandi pappu (optional)

1 large tomato, chop into small pieces

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

tamarind, small lemon size, extract juice in half a cup of water

1/2 tsp jaggery (optional)

4-5 curry leaves

salt to taste

3 cups water

Roast and grind to a coarse powder:

1 tsp tur dal

2 tsps pepper corn/miriyalu/kali mirch

1 1/2 tsps coriander seeds/dhaniyalu/dhania

pinch of methi/menthulu/fenugreek seeds

3/4 tsp cumin/jeera/jeelakara

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing/inguva

1 dry red chilli, de-seed and tear

few fresh curry leaves

1-2 tsps ghee or oil

1 Heat a deep vessel, add 3 cups of water, chopped tomatoes, tamarind extract, salt, turmeric pwd, few fresh curry leaves and pinch of jaggery and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 3 mts.
2 Add the ground charu podi and mashed dal and cook for another 5 mts.
3 Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add red chili and curry leaves and stir fry for a few seconds. Add asafeotida and turn off heat.
4 Add this to the charu and combine. Turn off heat and place lid. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with white rice and appadams.

Miriyala Charu – Andhra Pepper Flavored Rasam

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tamarind
  •   pepper corns


Rasam or Charu is an essential part of a traditional Andhra bhojanam (meal). Comforting, earthy, warm with health supporting properties, pepper flavored charu is seasoned with ghee and asafoetida, garnished with fresh coriander. Works as a perfect antidote for a runny nose.
  • Rajshree

    hi sailu garu… miryala charu is most awaited recipe for me. My husband loves this with a combination of mudda pappu. Also works gud for this season. thanks a lot.

  • http://myspicykitchen.wordpress.com Usha

    One of my favorite’s is rasam. I am up for it anytime of the day and year. Looks awesome!

  • Priya

    Rasam looks awesome. I will def try it. I was waiting for this recipe.

    Thanks Sailu.

  • http://kalyanikitchen.blogspot.com/ Kalyani

    rasam looks delicious and tempting …
    will try this now …. I will get back again about the rasam i prepared ……..

  • http://cilantro-cilantro.blogspot.com/ Cilantro

    Great for cold and cough, Amma always made pepper rasam when one of us fall sick.

  • http://thecuisine.blogspot.com Hari Chandana

    my fav rasam.. looks absolutely perfect and delicious..

  • wannabe_chef

    hey Sailu: Rasam looks awesome ! one could just drink it like a concoction for a bad cold / runny nose.. ! we make a similar version without the tomatoes though !

    Simple recipe.. slurpy anyday !

    • raj

      If you drink this rasam like soup, you have to go london atleast 5-10 times. Drink responsibly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://TummyKhush.wordpress.com Aparna

    Quite a warming dish for the winters. Please do see my version of PAPPU CHARU in my blog and let me know your feedback

  • chinni

    yenni rojulnunchi wait chesthunnano ee recipe kosam…thank you so much.

  • http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com Priya

    Wat a warm and comforting soup..

  • http://www.nirusworld.com Niru

    super yummy…my fav rasam…

  • http://subhiksa.blogspot.com/ Shivani

    i am not much into South Indian recipes but liked this one

  • http://foodmazaa.blogspot.com Shobha

    Mouthwatering charu ..I love it.

  • http://gritsandgroceries.blogspot.com anthony stemke

    Very delicious. I love black pepper anyway. Great dish for this blustery weather. thank you.

  • http://www.prathiscuisine.com prathima

    Hi Sailu garu,
    U have very nice posts.
    Can u please show me some cakes that can be done in un grilled microwave oven or rice cooker or normal pressure cooker?

  • Rums

    Hi Sailu garu,

    Thanks for the miriyala chaaru recipe. I’m pregnant and have been craving my mother’s miriyala chaaru recipe (she lives too far away) and this post seems like a godsend. Thanks. Will be trying this tonight.

  • durgaprasad

    Dear Sailu,
    thank u very much for ur contribution to andhra people. i like all ur veg recipes. GOOD LUCK

  • Priya

    Sailu Garu,
    I tried your miryala charu today because of the cold season. This was the first time this charu was really tasty when i made it. I always scared to do it but i followed your procedure. It tasted really good. Everyone liked it. Its really comforting too. I added 1 small roasted garlic in the powder and 1 garlic in the water just to give extra flavor. It tasted yummy.

    Thanks again.

  • http://deepthimuddu.blogspot.com JOSH

    Hello Sailu,
    Nice post…Awesome chaaru..and where did you find that nice chaaru ginni in the backdrop?!Looks very good.nice chole recipe..will try it soon.
    Keep posting

    • Sailu

      Mom picked it up many years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • vanita singh

    I made it in my home and everyone loved it(we are from north india).Thanks a lot.

  • krishna

    Hi Sailu Garu,

    All of your recipes are awesome!
    I am the one, who does not find time to cook.
    So I just read Andhra recipes and satiate myself ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Veena

    When suffering from cold and cough, I decided to make it and wow what a recipe- blown away, got all my sinuses cleared. Good recipe which I had asked 2-3 people but never got the proportion or combination right. Thanks to you sailu. Good job.

  • Tina

    My husband is too choosy in food. I was fed up of making Rasam.I tried many times but my husband never liked it. When I tried this recipe today for lunch,he happily ate it with rice. Its fast to cook .I also added some chopped Mint leaves to it.It really tasted well with an awesome fragrance.

  • Sravya

    This is by far the best Charu recipe I’ve come across! ๐Ÿ™‚ Simply amazing podi. I use the same podi to top off curries and my family just keeps asking for more!

  • Goutham.

    But, that is not miryala charu! That is tomato rasam. If you go back to pre 1950s, there were no tomatoes (or not very popular) used in Andhra. Miryala charu should go with 1 tsp of pepper powder, 1tsp of jeera, 1tsp of dhania powder ground with green chillies and or either with garlic or a pinch of hing. This should be added just before you close the boiling charu.

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