One of the most popular South Indian dishes is Rasam. It has a consistency which is not as thick as sambhar, but is made from tomatoes, toor dal and spices. One can relish Rasam with steamed rice or can have it just like soup. There are many times that you crave to have something that is spicy, sour, and yummy all at the same time. Then Rasam is the perfect dish to satisfy your craving and also that is healthy too.
|Prep Time: 15 Mins||Cooking Time: 30 Mins||Servings: 4 to 5|
Ingredients for Rasam
- Toor dal: ½ cup
- Water: 2 cups
- Tomatoes: 2 (finely chopped)
- Salt: 4 to 5 teaspoons (depending on the steps)
- Turmeric powder: 2 teaspoons
- Cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon
- Methi seeds: ½ teaspoon
- Dry red chili: 2
- Pepper corn (kaali mirch): ½ teaspoon
- Tamarind: 25gms
- Sugar: ½ teaspoon
- Curry leaves: 4 to 5 leaves
- Hing (Asafetida) : ½ teaspoon
Process of Making Rasam
Take ½ cup of toor dal, clean and wash it properly.Now in a pressure cooker, pour the toor dal and add 2 cups of water into it, along with ½ teaspoon haldi powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Let the whistle of the cooker blow 3 to 4 times.
Take a pan and put ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon methi seeds, one teaspoon dry red chili, and ½ teaspoon pepper corn (kaali mirch). Dry roast these spices on medium flame.
After it has roasted, now mash them in a mixer grinder.Next, take a pan and add 1 cup of mashed tomatoes into it.Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and salt (to taste) into it. Cover the lid and mix until the tomatoes become mushy and soft paste-like.
Now add ¼ teaspoon of pepper, methi-cumin powder. Sauté for about 5 minutes.By then the toor dal is ready, open the cooker and sieve the dal. Keep the dal aside (as this will be of no use in the rasam).
Now add the water of the dal into the pan of tomato. Stir well.
Take another pan and add 25gm tamarind and ½ teaspoon of sugar. Mix the mixture well and let the water boil.Until the rasam is boiling, you can also check the salt in it and make changes accordingly.
Take another pan and heat oil in it. Then add ½ dry red chili, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and mustard seeds into it.When the seeds begin to crackle, add 4 to 5 curry leaves and a pinch of hing.
Then add this to the rasam boiling in the pan. After the Rasam has boiled, switch off the flame.The rasam is ready to be served.
Health Benefits of Rasam
Rasam is a light weight starter. This is very healthy for you. Made from steamed lentils, vegetables and spices it is not only is healthy but tastes very delicious. Also known as the “magic health potion”, It prevents various diseases as well. It is beneficial for preventing constipation since it is made using tamarind, which is rich in fiber. It also helps in losing weight as well. So, all the girls who were thinking of dieting, they should instead try out this healthy and tasty rasam. Not just for weight but also is good for skin as well. It is rich in antioxidants and protects the body against attack of free radicals & keeps the skin graceful and young.
Tips and Variations
- You can avoid the use of toor daal and instead add 3 cups of plain water to make this dish.
- You can add garlic and onion paste into the rasam as well. The addition of such depends on your taste. All that you need to remember is the quantity and consistency of the rasam while you prepare for it.
If you are now thinking that you might require a lot of ingredients to make Rasam. Well, it is not so, all that you require are healthy selected vegetables, lentils, and spices. Only special requirement is a spice powder, which is similar to the Sambhar masala. However, there is a substitute to the rasam masala as well. You can always add the dry red chili tadka with curry leaves to avoid use of the rasam masala.
There are a lot of variations that people bring up in making of rasam. Some people do not like to use toor dal while making rasam and use only tomatoes and spices while making rasam. To make it a more like a soup you can also add a few more vegetables into the rasam. Though people do not much prefer it as then there will remain no difference in the recipe of soup and rasam.
South Indians are known for making delicious and healthy food items. Dosas, Idlis and uttapam are all light and health snacks and dishes. Similarly, is rasam is also popularly known as chaaru, kabir, and saaru. There are 20+ varieties of Rasam that South Indian make.