Ideal when cold/coughs come visiting.
At least that is what my husband's parents vouched when we started making Rasam. Something both my husband and I are not very fond of. But a traditional recipe has its own charm esp when you live away from tradition. So it is that I ended up helping my MIL (henceforth to be referred as HMom for husband's mom) with a wish for some Rasam. Her recipes always have savory flavors. I am not sure how it got its name. If anyone knows, please don't hesitate to tell it here. I know it literally means 'fun' but memory defies this meaning when I try to remember the few times I tried to taste at friends' homes. There must be some other reason why it got its rather endearing name.
In The Mix
freshly ground pepper - 1/2 tsp
garlic pods – 2 or 3 pods
ginger – ¾” piece
asafoetida (kaayam) - ¼ tsp
methi (uluva) - ½ tsp
cumin powder - ½ tsp
small onion – 1 can be substituted with ¼ to ½ of a shallot
coriander powder – 1tsp
chili powder – 1 tsp
turmeric - ¼ to ½ tsp
for the rest:
salt to taste
water – 4 cups
tomato – 1 chopped
tamarind paste – 1 ½ tsp
dry red chili – 2 or 3 torn into 2 or 3 pieces
methi - ¼ tsp
mustard - ¼ tsp
oil - ½ tbsp
coriander leaves (malli ila) - chopped
How To Do
Grind all the ingredients of 'to grind' mixed in ample water. Salt may be added at this time or later.
Break mustards in heated oil in a cooking pan and saute methi & dry red chilies. Now add the ground mix to this and saute mildly. Add 4 cups of water and let it boil. Add tamarind and tomatoes and boil. Tomato doesn't have to be fully cooked. Check for salt, boil for 3-4 minutes and remove from heat. Use hot with rice and papad. Add a sprinkle of chopped coriander leaves on top.
Can add one more tomato if tamarind is in short supply.
Good for a troubled tummy as well as during cough/cold. This is said to have a purifying effect on the respiratory tract as well as some taste to the tongue. Can also be had as a an energy drink:-) One can't ask more from such a quick and simple preparation I'd say!!
Note: Found this while searching for the meaning of Rasam in yahoo.