Sweet Rasam-Cooking with Pedatha series.

What do you do when everyone is sick at home? Make Chicken Soup.. but being a vegetarian home, you either make tomato soup or hot and spicy rasam. Maharahstrian homes hardly made Rasam, we always made saar..tomato che saar and bhat/rice is an ideal lunch for a person who is little under weather. After coming here and having mingled with people outside my home state Maharashtra, my taste buds have changed drastically. We love South Indian food. And have adopted many traditional recipes and twisted and tweaked to our liking. This is one such classic from Cooking With Pedatha series. I have tweaked this recipe to my liking and added the rasam powder which is not added in the original recipe. This surely relived my cold and cough and got me my voice back,,maybe a little hoarse still People could hear me out.

You will need;
5-6 cups water
1 tbspn- Cooked Toor/arhar dal-
1 tbspn-Tamarind paste
1tbspn jaggery
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Garlic paste
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tbspn Cumin/jeera seeds
Corriander chopped for garnish
1 tspn ghee
salt to taste

1/2 tsp Mustard/rai seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Hing/Asafoedita

Cook the dal in  a pressure cooker and mash it well.Take the water in a deep vessel and mix all the above ingredients except the tempering, corriander leaves and ghee and bring it to  a boil. allow it simmer for 10 minutes. Add the ghee and pop the mustard, add in the cumin and hing, let it sizzle and then add the tempering to the water mixture and again boil it for 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and serve hot.

** I added one tbsp MTR Rasam powder to the water when I added in the other ingredients.

We enjoyed this sweet rasam with hot steaming white rice and few sneezes and little coughs in between. Even my kids gave this a big thumbs up.


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