Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tomato Rasam

I've noticed that most of my north Indian friends are not aware that rasam can be made with so many different ingredients - lemon rasam, dal rasam, pepper rasam, garlic rasam, tomato rasam, neem flower rasam etc etc. Each has its own predominant flavor. I like tomato rasam for its tanginess, that the tomatoes impart. Also for me rasam is a good time saver. It takes exactly 15 min to prepare from scratch. Its a good remedy for indigestion and cold.

Ingredients:

Thin tamarind water - 2 cups
Pepper - 2 tsp (can be increased if needed)
Jeera (cumin seeds) - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green chillies - 2
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Rasam powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Tomatoes - 2 (ripe and juicy ones)
Coriander leaves (chopped) - 2 tbsp

Seasoning Ingredients:
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Jeera (cumin seeds) - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Methi (fenugreek seeds) - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

Method:

Grind pepper and jeera in a blender to a coarse powder. Add garlic cloves and green chillies and blend again. Mix this paste with the tamarind water and add turmeric, rasam powder and salt. Tomatoes can be roughly chopped and added to this tamarind water and crushed by hand or roughly ground along with the garlic and green chillies. Let this tamarind water rest for about 5 min. Heat oil in a pan and add the seasoning ingredients. When it turns light brown pour in the tamarind water mixture. After 5 min, taste it for salt and spice and add salt or pepper as necessary. If its too sour some more water can also be added. Switch off the heat when it starts to froth on the top and add chopped coriander leaves. Rasam is ready to be served with rice or can be served as a soup.

Fresh rasam always tastes better than refrigerated ones.

3 comments:

Asha said...

I am a southie,I know!!:D

Looks delicious Deepz.

Mishmash ! said...

Hey Deepz, Was really-really happy to see your comment, what more gratification I can get, when one of you reads my review, check out for that particular cuisine and finally seem to have liked the food too :)
Btw, my name is not Shaheen, thats another blogger :P

And hey, I had not heard of Vazhappoo vadai until I visited ur blog :)

Shn (Not Shaheen :)

Deepz said...

Thanks Asha.

Sorry SHN. I've heard abt vazhaipoo vadai back home but this is the first time I tasted it. It is worth the time spent cleaning it.