Sunday, April 22, 2012


A simple Tamil style Rasam is very easy to prepare and delicious to taste. I learnt this rasam recipe very recently from my grand mother.
Here are the ingredients list. Taste and enjoy on a rainy day.

Garlic cloves: 5-8
Black pepper: 1 table spoon
Cumin seeds: 1 table spoon (tb spoon)

Oil: 3 tb spoon
Mustard seeds: 1/3 tb spoon
turmeric: 1/3 tb spoon
Red Chilli: 4-5 no.
Tomato: 1 (Cut into small pieces)
Curry leaves: 3-5
Tamarind: small ball (squeeze in water 1/2 an hour before cooking)
Salt: to taste
Pigeon pea water (Tur dal): 1 cup
Cilantro (coriander) leaves: few

1. Cook tur dal in a pressure cooker (2-3 whistles for 15 minutes) and
cool it. Mash soften tur dal into a fine paste adding water. The upper layer of water is used for rasam.
2. Cut Garlic into small pieces. Add black pepper and cumin seeds. Smash all three into fine paste using mortal and pistol. This method gives a very good flavor. If mortal and pistol is not available, grind it in a mixer adding little water. Keep it aside.
3. Add oil in a round pan and heat. Add mustard seeds, turmeric, Red chilli and curry leaves. Saute until red chillies become cooked.
4. Add tomatoes and garlic-pepper paste. Saute till tomatoes are well mixed with garlic-pepper paste. Add tamarind water.

5. Once this combination starts boiling, add tur dal water and salt to taste. Boil it until it comes to a good consistence.
6. Decorate it with washed coriander leaves and serve.

after adding dal water
Boil up to 15 minutes so as to mix up all ingredients to same consistence.
If tamarind is not available,  you can use lemon juice which also adds to taste

Do not add tur dal content to rasam as it increases thickness.
Add only upper water content of dal.

Rasam: ready to serve


      HAPPY COOKING !!! 


nihar.... said...

this s the best !!
As I always say, "Sky is blue, grass is green.. alkess is alkesss !! " :D

Ruchiez said...

thanks Nihar..

MEERA.D.S said...

Simply superb rasam! :-)