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A thin soup of southern India, typically made with tomatoes, tamarind, and various spices including turmeric, coriander, cumin, and red chilies, often served with steamed rice.

[From Tamil rasam, juice, flavor, rasam (Sanskrit rasaḥ, plant sap, fruit juice, essence; akin to Latin rōs, Lithuanian rasa, and Old Church Slavonic rosa, dew + Tamil -am, neuter singular noun ending), and probably also partly from Malayalam rasam (Sanskrit rasaḥ + Malayalam -am, neuter singular noun ending).]
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: Ragi mudde/ragi balls and soppina saaru or sambar of greens is the favourite staple food for this former prime minister Deve Gowda.
: Another politician from Karnataka is SM Krishna of Congress, who also likes ragi mudde and soppina saaru like Deve Gowda.
From the Tomato Saaru (Udupi's answer to rasam) to Ambat (tamarind-flavoured dal with coconut and spinach), Tendli Aajotno (kundru cooked with coconut and a cocktail of spices) and the delectable Kasi Halwa made with white pumpkin, milk and saffron.