Monday, December 22, 2014

Tomato Rasam | தாக்காளி ரசம் | Thakkali Rasam

Tomato Rasam is hearty, sour and spicy recipe prepared with simple handy ingredients, but provides a soul satisfying rice accompaniment. Also, it has health benefits with the different spices used in it and its easy to prepare. It improves the appetite and helps to release the nasal congestion when you have severe cold. This is my mom's version...

Rasam is an essential recipe in South Indian Meals. Though there are so many varieties, each one has a unique taste. The common factor in them is the sourness. The tangy flavor comes from tomatoes or tamarind or lemon or  a combination of two. The texture of the rasam depends on the lentils used. You can make it very thin or thick based on your taste.

Ingredients :-

 Ripe Tomatoes    2
 Garlic (Crushed)    3 pods  
 Rasam Powder   1 tsp 
 Turmeric Powder    ¼ tsp      
 Pepper Powder   1 tsp 
 Hing   Pinch 
 Oil   1 tsp
 Mustard    ¼ tsp 
 Coriander leaves   few 
 Curry leaves   few
 Salt to taste

Method :-

1). Wash the tomatoes and blanch the tomatoes to remove the skin. Put the tomatoes in boiling water, allow it to boil till they shrink and gets a crack in it. Switch off ! 
2). Allow the boiled tomatoes to cool. Once it cools down, remove the skin of tomatoes and mash the tomatoes(hand squeeze them). Keep it aside.
3). Heat a tsp oil in a pan, add mustard and let it splutter. Then add onions, crushed garlic, green chillies, salt, curry leaves and hing. Saute till onions turns translucent. 

4). Add the tomato puree along with a cup of water. Don’t dilute it too much with water. Then add the rasam powder, pepper powder and cook until it comes to a rolling boil. Switch of the stove and garnish with cilantro. Keep the rasam covered to seal in the flavors.

Enjoy the aroma and relish rasam with steamed rice and Poriyal or as a simple soup !
Notes :-
# Do not allow the rasam to boil as it will lose its flavor.
# Ripe and sour tomatoes are perfect for this rasam. If the tomatoes are not sour enough, add  a tsp of lemon juice at the end.
# Taste of the rasam purely depends on the freshness and sourness of tomatoes. So adjust the quantity of tomatoes based on the sourness. 

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