Vamu Saaru||Healthy and spicy Carom seeds soup/Rasam/Saaru

How to prepare healthy Carom seeds soup // Vamu saaru/Rasam recipe.

Ajwain or Trachyspermum ammi is an annual herbal plant which belongs to the Apiaceae family.  

Clad by other names such as Ajowan, Caraway, Bishops weed or Carom seeds, Ajwain in Hindi, Asmtavoman in Tamil, Vamu in Telugu and Omum in Malayalam, it is widely used in Indian cuisine.

Ajwain is a small, oval-shaped seed-like fruit similar to the seeds of cumin and fennel exhibiting pungent and bitter taste.

 It has an aroma close to thyme as it contains thymol.

Ajwain seeds are dry roasted or used in tadka as a mixture of spices, fried in ghee/clarified butter to enhance the flavour of lentils and drizzled over baked goods like bread and biscuits.

Carom seeds are incredibly nutritious, being rich in fiber, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals. Because of this, they have been associated with health benefits.

In this post I am going to share my Saaru/Soup recipe with Carom seeds or Vamu or Ajwain which has abundant health benefits.

Vamu saaru/Carom seeds soup is prepared with a mix of dry powdered spices like Cumin seeds, carom seeds, coriander seeds and raw garlic to enhance the taste and aroma of Saaru/Soup.

Tamarind pulp is used to make liquid consistency of Saaru/soup, tempered with dry spices in peanut oil/coconut oil.

Saaru /Rasam /Charu (In Telugu) is most popular soup recipe in most South Indian cuisines prepared by every house regularly, every meal is served with saaru/rasam as part of the menu.

Vamu saaru recipe is easy to prepare spicy in taste which you can accomplish with plain rice with dal or you can enjoy as soup in winters.

Sharing my healthy and spicy Carom seed/Vamu/Ajwain Saaru/Soup recipe with step by step preparation process.

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Video recipe of Vaamu Saaru/Rasam

  • Cuisine – South Indian
  • Recipe – Lunch
  • Type – Soup/Saaru 
  • Preparation time – 5 minutes
  • Cooking time – 15 minutes
  • Total time – 20 minutes

Ingredients to prepare Masala mix

  1. Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  2. Carom seeds/Vaamu/Ajwain – 1/4 tsp
  3. Pepper corns – 1/4 tsp
  4. Coriander seeds – 1/4 tsp
  5. Garlic pods – 4 to 5
  6. Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  7. Dry red chilies – 3 to 4

Ingredients to prepare Vaamu Saaru

  1. Oil – 1 tbsp.
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  4. Chopped garlic – 1 tsp
  5. Dry red chilies – 2
  6. Masala mix – 1 tbsp.
  7. Chopped onions – 1 cup
  8. Curry leaves – 5 to 8
  9. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  10. Tamarind pulp/extract – 1 cup
  11. Water – 2 cups
  12. Salt – 1 tsp / as per your taste
  13. Crushed garlic – 1 tsp 
  14. Chopped onions – 1/4 cup
  15. Coriander leaves – 1 tsp.



Step by step preparation of Carom seeds Soup/Saaru||Vaamu Saaru Recipe

Step 1)

To prepare Vamu saaru, take a mixture jar, add 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp of carom seeds.

Step 2)

Add 1/4 tsp of pepper corns and 1/4 tsp of coriander seeds into the mixture jar.

Step 3)

Then add 4 to 6 peeled garlic pods and kashmiri dry red chillies.

Step 4)

Grind all dry spices together in jar until soft in texture.

Step 5)

Now to prepare Saaru/Charu take a deep bottomed copper based vessel, pre heat for few seconds in a low flame, add 1 tsp of ground nut oil, heat oil for few seconds, then add 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds/rai, 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds and 1 tsp of chopped garlic into the vessel, roast and cook for a minute.

Step 6)

Add 1 red chilli and prepared spice mixture into the vessel and sauté for a minute.

Step 7)

Add 1/2 of chopped onions into the sauteed spice mixture, cook for a minute.

Step 8)

Now add 1 cup of tamarind pulp or extract into the vessel, then add 2 cups of water or according to your consistency.

Step 9)

Add 1 tsp of crystal salt mix altogether, boil for five minutes, now switch off the stove, add 1 tsp of crushed garlic.

Step 10)

Then add 1/2 of chopped onions, 1 tsp of fresh coriander leaves, stir once.

Step 11)

Vamu saaru/Caru/carom seeds soup is ready to serve.

Step 12)

Transfer prepared Vamu saaru/charu into a serving bowl, serve hot with plain rice with  ghee.

Health Benefits of Carom Seeds 

  • Ajwain is extremely beneficial in maintaining the natural colour of hair and prevent further greying.
  • Blessed with anti-inflammatory and curative properties.
  •  Ajwain is used for treating oxidative free radical damage due to the sun rays, and hence treats the various signs of aging like wrinkles, fine line, spots, dark circles.
  •  Beneficial in reducing joint and muscle pain.
  • Ajwain or oma water is an excellent Ayurvedic remedy to treat indigestion problems.
  • Ajwain is used in traditional medicine for controlling high blood pressure.
  • Carom seeds have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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