Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lemon Rasam(Soup)

Rasam is a spicy, tangy South Indian soup prepared with tamarind juice or lemon along with pepper and other spices.
Know what you Eat - A half-cup of juice meets 100% of the RDA for vitamin C.
Cooking Time: 10 to 15 mins
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Serves : 2 to 3
1 Small sized tomato chopped into pieces
Green chilly - 1 (if you want really spicy increase it)
Chopped Ginger - 1 tsp
Chopped Cilantro - 2 table spoons
Asafoetida - 1 small piece or 1/2 tsp
Water - 3 cups
Cooked thoor dhal along with turmeric powder - 1/2 cup
Rasam powder - 1 tsp
Lemon - Juice of half lemon (Increase this if you want to taste it more tangy)
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chopped Cilantro - 1 tsp
1) In a pan combine water, tomato pieces, green chilli, asafoetida, rasam powder, cilantro, ginger,salt and boil for about 10 minutes.
2) Once the tomato pieces are well cooked, add the cooked toor dhal and let this boil for 2 minutes till the dhal is well combined. Switch off.
3) Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, once they stop spluttering transfer it to the cooked tomato dhal mixture.
4) Let this cool for few minutes then add the lemon juice and garnish with cilantro.
5) When the rasam is boiling hot, do not add the lemon juice as it will become bittter.
6) Cilantro is normally used only for garnishing at the end, but when boiled along with all the spices the aroma will be awesome.

This dish is our contribution to RCI-Pondicherry Cuisine, hosted by Lavi as an entry from Tamil Nadu. RCI was originally started by Lakshmi.


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