Sunday, June 13, 2010

Milagu Rasam(Indian Spicy Pepper Soup)

Milagu Rasam,Indian Pepper SOup
Rasam is South Indian Dish prepared with tamarind or lemon juice, flavored with spices and made either with or without the addition of cooked Toor Dal. It is normally mixed with rice and eaten or you can relish as a soup too. To somebody who is used to the taste of this dish it is surely a comfort food, very simple to make and with an awesome taste to entice your taste buds. Do try this rasam out and let me know what you think.

Preparation Time - 10 Minutes

Cooking Time - 20 Minutes

Serves - 4 Ingredients

Tamarind - a small lemon sized ball

Water - 3 to 4 Cups

Tomato - 1/2 chopped into small pieces

Coriander Seeds - 1 Tbsp

Black Pepper - 1/2 Tsp

Salt - 1 1/2 Tsp or according to your taste

Dried Red Chili - 3 or more as per taste(this purely depends on your spice level & that of the chili

Ghee(clarified butter) - 1 Tsp

Cumin seeds - 1/2 Tsp


1) Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water.

2) Heat a pan add 1/2 tsp of ghee and once it is warm add coriander seeds, black pepper and dried red chili and fry till they are slightly brown, switch off and let this cool.

 3) Extract the juice out of the tamarind by adding more water and squeeze out till all the pulp is extracted.

4) To this add salt and boil till the raw smell is gone.

 5) Grind the roasted mixture to a fine powder.

6) Add this mixture to the boiling tamarind water and let this boil for a minute and the whole thing will rise to the top, at this point switch off the stove.

7) Don't allow the mixture to boil for a long time after adding the pepper powder, as this will become more like a medice than a rasam.

8) Heat the rest of the ghee, add the cumin seeds and roast till golden and garnish the rasam and serve with hot rice , cooked plain quinoa or cooked polenta.


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