Rasam is a spicy,tangy soup of the South Indians.Usually it is served with
plain rice and sambar combination.It can also be used as a remedy for common cold.
There are different types of Rasam.Traditionally it is prepared using tamarind water as base along with other ingredients like tomatoes,pepper powder,cumin seeds etc.Here's a recipe for tomato rasam:
1.Tomato 1 big(chopped)
2.Tamarind Lemon size
Warm water 1 and 1/2 cup (soak tamarind in water for 5 to 10 mins. extract juice from it and discard the pulp)
3.Garlic cloves 5-6
4.Green Chillies 3
5.Cumin seeds 1 tsp
(Coarse grind 3 to 5 and keep aside)
6.Chilly powder 1/2 tsp
7.Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
8.Pepper powder 2 tsp
9.Water 3 and 1/2 cups
(chopped) 1/4 cup
11.Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
12.Oil 2 tsp
13.Salt to taste
-In a saucepan,heat oil and sputter mustard seeds.
-Add the tomatoes and saute.
-Now add chilly powder ,turmeric powder,1 tsp pepper powder and the coarsely ground mix.Saute till the tomatoes are soft.
-Add the tamarind water along with 3-1/2 cup water and let it boil for 10 to 15 mins.
-Now add the remaining 1 tsp pepper powder,salt and the coriander leaves.
-After 2 minutes off the flame and serve in a bowl with rice.