November 16, 2011

South Indies: Mysore Rasam

For a South Indian, nothing beats the comfort of some home made piping hot Rasam .. All South Indian states have different ways of making the basic Tomato Rasam .. Being from Karnataka, the Rasam that we make at home is from the Mysore region & we call it Saaru but its better as Mysore Rasam all over the world ..

Mysore Rasam

A true blue South Indian makes Rasam Powder at home, but if you live in the South, you will have the luxury of buying good quality Rasam powder from stores as well. There are small little shops in most South Indian cities, that sell very good Rasam Powder that tastes as good as home made ones, you can also use MTR (NOT any other brand ) Rasam powder to get good results.

My Ajji (maternal grandmother) & my Amma make the Rasam powder so much ease .. so with their help, I will do a post on Homemade Rasam Powder soon :-)

You Will Need:
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes- chopped
  • 1/2  tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Rasam powder/Saarina Pudi (use MTR Rasam Powder)
  • 1 tbso tamarind juice
  • 1 tbsp thin coconut milk
  • A small lump of jaggery
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • A few stalks of fresh coriander
To Temper:
  • 2 tsp desi ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida
How To:
  • Pressure cook toor dal & tomatoes, with turmeric & a tsp of oil ..
  • Once, it cools add 4 cups of water, curry leaves, jaggery, Rasam powder, salt, tamarind juice & a few stalks of coriander & bring it to a boil.
  • Simmer on low heat for about 10-12 mins until the raw smell of the Rasam powder disappears & the flavours incorporate well.
  • Discard curry leaves & coriander. Temper with mustard seeds,cumin seeds, asafoetida . Garnish with fresh coriander
Serve HOT with steamed rice, A curry, some pickles & yogurt on the side .. Makes such a Happy Meal .. Enjoi !!!

NOTE:
  • A good Rasam should have a bit of heat from the rasam powder, sweetness from jaggery, sourness from tamarind juice .. so make sure you balance these flavours .. you will need a bit of practice to learn how to balance these flavours well
  • Asafoetida has a very strong flavour, so make sure you use only a tiny bit
  • The dal settles down after a while, so before serving, give the rasam a good stir.
  • You can even strain the dal & serve as a thin Soup .. We love drinking it that way

30 comments:

Shankar said...

Lovely yummy Saaru....fresh coriander is home grown...

Raji said...

Rasam looks really soothing. Your serving bowl is gorgeous. Clean and neat picture.

Madhavi said...

This rasam looks amazing..love it :)

Happy Cook / Finla said...

I have never had rasam chick has oconut milk even though it is 1 tbsp, wish i could taste this looks super super yumm, as i told you in fb i am in love with that pot :-)

Shri said...

Lovely snapshot! Am wondering about the addition of coconut milk- only 1 tbsp. How will that change the flavour profile? Will try. :-)

Paaka Shaale said...

The rasam looks perfect and yummy deesha. Very well presented as well :)

Cham said...

I love the pot what an unusual shape! Great recipe too

Anu said...

love rasam esp. with the copper bottom pot.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Deepthi,
The sambar looks simply delicious and very well presented. I am so glad to have met you at the Blogger's meet.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Michelle Peters - Jones said...

Please tell me where you got that lota. I have been desperately looking all over for them. There is one Indian restaurant here that has them but the guy who owns it won't sell one to me, or even tell me where he got it from :)

Love your pictures!

Priya's Feast said...

Luv the rasam with beautiful bowl..

Kadhyaa said...

Hey Deesha..completely agree with you..no food can beat this one..looks perfect and yummy...

manjooo said...

loved it!! Especially that vessel!!

Tina said...

soooo perfect with beautiful clicks..

Prathibha said...

such a delicious rasam,so true We south Indians can't live without rasam(atleast me)..It is my fav kind of rasam dear...loved the click with such an elegant presentation

Sharmilee! :) said...

Flavourful and yummy..nice click too

Kalpana Sareesh said...

wow so good click n the presentation.. good rasam..

notyet100 said...

Maybe today will prepare this,I am craving for something like this since a long time

zareena said...

mmm... I love this. My daughter always wants this with her rice. Lovely presentation..:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

lovely serving bowl with the yummy rasam!

Priya said...

Wat a beautiful serving bowl,comforting rasam for the sure..

Laavanya said...

What a beautiful picture deesha.. wish i could drink a bowl of that delicious rasam!

Kannada Cuisine said...

Slurp!! mouth watering minutes after I finished my dinner!!! BTW, coconut milk in Rasam hmmm...never did it!!

Sushma Mallya said...

what a beautiful click...looks delicious!

Poornima Nair said...

I could just drink that...looks awesome. I too use MTR, its the best!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious and tempting rasam,love the serving dish,very cute...

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

Rasam looks tempting! I didn't really know about the coconut milk in it! Something new to learn from e very recipe :)

Gayathri NG said...

flavourful n aromatic rasam...

Alexander said...

My mouth is watering now just looking at it! Super recipe!

Rachana said...

The click is simply gorgeous! I love rasam :-)