Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tomato Pepper Rasam

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
10.Coriander leaves 
            (chopped)     1/4 cup
11.Mustard seeds       1/2 tsp
12.Oil                       2 tsp
13.Salt                    to taste

 Cooking method

-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.



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