Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Simple Rasam

After 3 literary posts I decided to explore my cooking expertise. I wanted to post a “sweet” recipe but ended up with this “Rasam” as "ரசம் இல்லாமல் வாழ்வில் ரசம் இல்லை."
·         Tuvar dhal-3 tsp
·         Whole dhania-1 ½ tsp
·         Pepper corns-1 tsp
·         Jeera- 1tsp
·         Red chillies-2
Pressure cook the above mentioned ingredients & grind to a smooth paste.
·         Turmeric powder=1/2 tsp
·         Asafoetida- a few pinches/according to taste
·         Tamarind-size of medium sized lemon
·         Tomato-1 ripe
·         Salt to taste
For Garnishing:
·         Ghee-1 tsp
·         Mustard-1 tsp
·         Jeera-1/2 tsp
·         Curry leaves- a few
·         Dhania leaves- a few
·         Soak tamarind in water & extract. Mix with water to make 2 cups.
·         Chop tomatoes finely & add them to the tamarind water. Add asafoetida, salt & turmeric powder & allow it to boil.
·         Once the raw taste & smell of tamarind disappears, add the ground paste. Dilute the rasam according to taste.
·         Once the rasam froths up remove from fire.
·         Garnish with curry & dhania leaves.
·         Heat ghee. Splutter mustard seeds & jeera.
·         Add the same to the rasam.
·         The rasam is now ready.
Rasam can be served with hot rice & any curry of your choice.The given quantity can serve up to 3 persons.

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