For Rasam Powder (Dry roast ingredients separately and cool and grind together)
¼cupblack pepper corns
3-4dry red chillies
¼rawyellow split peas
Soak tamarind in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Remove and discard any seed. Squeeze the tamarind pulp in water to extract all its goodness.
Add mashed, cooked yellow split peas/ toor dhal/ tuvaram paruppu, asafoetida, crushed garlic, rasam powder, cilantro. Bring it to a rolling boil. Add salt to taste. Serve hot with rice and any vegetable poriyal / curry.