Rasam Video of Tarla Dalal

Rasam Video of Tarla Dalal

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There is no place like home, and nothing as soothing as homemade food! In short, a south Indian would say, “Ah, Rasam!” The homeliest of south Indian recipes, Rasam is a thin lentil soup perked up with tamarind pulp and chopped tomatoes, a traditional spice powder, and a simple seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves. The aroma of fresh roasted spices that surges out the pot as soon as the seasoning is added, is enough to draw everybody to the table.


Recipe Description for Rasam, Tomato Rasam

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Makes 4 servings
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For The Rasam Powder
1 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
3 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces
5 to 6 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
1 tsp toovar (arhar) dal
1/2 tsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
a pinch of cumin seeds (jeera)

Other Ingredients For Rasam
2 tbsp toovar (arhar) dal
1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup tamarind (imli) pulp
a pinch of turmeric powder (haldi)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
salt to taste
2 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)


For the rasam powder

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small broad non-stick pan and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Keep aside to cool completely.
  2. Once cooled, blend in a mixer to a smooth powder. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Combine the toovar dal with 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Blend the dal mixture using a hand blender till smooth.
  4. Add the rasam powder into it, mix well and keep aside.
  5. Combine the tomatoes, tamarind pulp, turmeric powder, asafoetida, salt and 3 cups of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the prepared dal-rasam powder mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
  7. For the tempering, heat the ghee in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  8. When the seeds crackle, add the tempering to the prepared rasam, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  9. Add the coriander and mix well.
  10. Serve hot.

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