Rasam is a staple diet in every South Indian household, a soupy dish made with fresh ground spices and vine ripe tomatoes.
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|2 cups (chopped)||Vine ripe tomatoes (large)|
|2 clove||Garlic (optional)|
|1 Marble size||Jaggery|
|3 tablespoons||Thick tamarind juice|
|2 teaspoons||Rasam powder|
|¼ teaspoon||Turmeric powder|
|¼ teaspoon||Cumin seeds|
|5 leaves||Curry leaves|
|2 tablespoons (chopped)||Coriander leaves (chopped )|
|1 teaspoon||Salt (or to taste)|
|2 cup||Water (approx)|
|1 teaspoon||Oil / ghee|
|1||Dry red chili|
|1 teaspoon||Coriander seeds|
|1 teaspoon||Cumin seeds (for podi)|
For Instant Rasam Powder: Using a mixie dry grind all the ingredients in table-2 (Red chili + Black peppercorn + Corainder seeds + Cumin seeds) to a coarse powder and keep aside.
Blanching Tomatoes: Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil , add the whole tomatoes and boil for 2 minutes. Drain the water and place the tomatoes in cold or iced water to loosen the skin. Remove and discard the skin. Crush the tomatoes, squeeze out the thick pulp using a strainer. Use 2 cups of water to dilute it and keep aside.
Method: Soak tamarind in little water, squeeze out the juice and keep aside. Heat oil / ghee in a sauce pan, splutter mustard, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Sprinkle asafoetida and add crushed garlic. To this add the thick tomato pulp, turmeric and rasam powder. Let it simmer for few minutes (2 minutes). Now add tamarind juice, salt and jaggery. Bring it one boil, garnish with coriander leaves and switch off. Serve with plain rice and pappadams.
Use only ripe good quality tomatoes for this recipe. The above rasam powder is made to suit this recipe, regular version will include dal varieties, which is optional here.
Yield: Serves 4 approx.