Mar 11, 2012

Spicy Tomato Rasam

Rasam is a typical south-indian recipe ~ comforting home-made food. It is a light, soupy gravy. You can have it with rice or just drink it like a soup. Especially with a cold or fever, I find rasam is the most comforting food. It is similar to a sambar (tamarind base) but much thinner in consistency.

Ingredients :

For Rasam Powder -

Coriander seeds (Dhaniya) : 1 tsp
Pepper corn : 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly : 1
Toor Dal : 1 tsp
Channa Dal : 1 tsp
Urad Dal : 1 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds : 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida : a pinch

For Rasam -

Toor Dal : 1 cup
Toamto : 4, big sizes
Water as needed
Salt to taste

For Tempering -

Oil : 1/2 tsp.
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp.
Curry and coriander leaves

Method :

For rasam powder in home : Dry roast all rasam powder ingredients and grind take in a coffee grinder or blender into a powder , It doesn't have to be totally fine, it can be coarse too Store it in an air tight container.

For Rasam : Soak dal for 15 minutes (to reduce cooking time) and pressure cook for 3 whistles.Mash it well and keep it aside. Do not add too much water while cooking dal.

Now take 4-5 cups water in a pan and add tomato pieces and salt, bring to boil.

Add the remaining ingredients including the masala powder and boil for a further 10 minutes.

Break the tomatoes with a spoon.Boil again for 10 minutes.

Then add cooked toor dal and mix well, cook another 5 mins in simmer. Switch off the gas.

Heat oil in a pan add curry leaves and mustard seeds, when seeds are splutter then  add this in rasam.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with plain rice.

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  1. nice recipe with homemade rasam powder

  2. great. love that you made your own rasam powder.

  3. That makes a comfort meal... Homemade is always the best

  4. I ve nt tried rasam at home.....thanx for a wonderful rasam recipeee

  5. oh.i luv rasam..n this looks so hot n spicy tooo..

  6. rasam is absolutely one of my favorites...urs look so delicious !

  7. Yummy rasam with the fresh powder..

  8. Wow you make rasam powder at home ?? this is cool... Comfort meal..
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  9. spicy and tangy rasam, my comfort food..

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  10. easy and tasty rasam powder make at home.tempting

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  12. love this rasam..looks delicious

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  14. Rasam sounds spicy and delicious, wonderful recipe!

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