Saturday, January 4, 2014

Garlic Rasam/Poondu rasam

Garlic is one of the best herb that gives wonderful aroma and health benefits to the food. It is mainly added in the seasoning either in chopped or crushed form . In my home, tomato dhal rasam is the usual rasam made almost everyday. We make rasam with Garlic once in a while and when somebody needs medicinal care at home. This rasam is just too yummy and can be taken as soup also.

Items Required:

Tomato - 1 cut into small pieces or crushed
Garlic pods - 7 or 8 crushed
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Toor dal - 1 tablespoon cooked
Tamarind - 1 small amla sized
Rasam powder - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder

For seasoning:

Red chilly - 1 
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Jeera - 1 teaspoon
Hing - a pinch
1/4th of the tomato cut into small pieces
1 garlic pod crushed

Pre-requisites before starting to cook:

1. Cook toor dal. Mash it and add half a cup of water to the dal. Keep it aside.
2. Soak tamarind in water for atleast 30 mins. Extract tamarind juice for about 1 tumbler. Let the consistency of the juice be 'not so thick'.


Heat oil in kadai. Add red chilly and mustard seeds once the oil becomes hot. When mustard seeds start to splutter, add jeera to it. Now add a pinch of hing, 1/4th of the tomato pieces and 1 crushed garlic and saute them for few secs. Now add the remaining tomato and the crushed garlic, curry leaves, tamarind juice, salt, rasam powder and a pinch of turmeric powder to it. Let this mix gets cooked for sometime till the raw smell of the tamarind has gone.

Now add dal water along with dal to the rasam. Once the rasam starts to boil switch off the flame immediately and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Garlic rasam is ready to be served now. Serve it with hot rice along with potato curry. Yummy and simple meal is ready :)

Try this and provide your valuable comments.

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