Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Madras Rasam

#MadrasRasam : #Rasam is one of the main dishes prepared for lunch in South India especially in Tamil Nadu, India.
It is a concoction of few condiments with tamarind or lemon. Rasam is mixed with rice and relished with a curry/poriyal/thuvatal.
Madras rasam is prepared with specially made Madras Rasam Powder. This rasam powder is prepared from roasted thuvar dhall, pepper, coriander seeds, cumin and red chilly. It is not necessary to include dhall water to make madras rasam since the powder is made with thuvar dhall [ red lentil ].
Now comes the recipe to prepare #MadrasRasam. 

Ingredients :
Madras Rasam Powder    : 2 Tsp full

Tamarind                          : very small amla [ nellikkai ] size

Salt to Taste
Turmeric Powder           : A Pinch
Red Chilli Powder         : 1/4 Tsp (If Required )
Green Chilli                   : 1
Tomato                         : 1
garlic cloves                   : 2
Asafoetida, Curry Leaves & Coriander Leaves for Garnishing.                  
This is enough for 2 to 3 persons.
Approximately 1 3/4 cups of rasam can be prepared with the given ingredients.

Method :

Soak Tamarind in lukewarm water.

Add 2 Tsp full of Madras Rasam Powder.
Add turmeric powder, Salt, Cut Tomatoes, and Chilli powder ( if you want it spicy ).
Add smashed garlic cloves.

Now add 3/4 cup of water into the vessel with ingredients.
Turn ON the stove & keep the vessel on fire.
Now strain tamarind with 1 cup of water & pour it into the vessel.
Let it boil on a medium flame.
When boiling rasam started foaming at the top turn OFF the stove & add Asafoetida.

Add curry leaves, coriander leaves & temper mustard in a kadai with 1/2 tsp of oil & pour on Rasam.

Garnish with coriander leaves just before serving.

If you want to add lemon instead of tamarind, boil all the ingredients with 1 3/4 cup of water and finally squeeze in lemon after turning OFF the Stove.

Take hot rice in a plate and pour two to three ladle full of rasam along with one or two tomato pieces.

Now mix well with hand and enjoy with any vegetable curry.
Enjoy a cup of rasam with a pappad or vathal ( fryums ).

Other rasam recipes you might like to try

rasam kokum rasam kollu rasam lemon rasam madras rasam powder

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