Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Puthina (Mint leaf) rasam

Puthina / Mint leaf is my favorite herb. I love to add mint in my tea. Mint leaf is believed to do a lot of good to our intestine, memory power , skin, breathing system etc etc. Moreover the plants add a touch of greenery to our house. So I proudly display some plants always in my window garden. Mostly the price of a bunch will be expensive in USA. But surprisingly last week I bought some mint leaf bunches for very less price in the Indian stores.
I feel it has been ages since I posted a vegetarian recipe and almost many of my vegetarian friends could have forgotten me:)
So I am posting two vegetarian recipes with mint leaf today.

First one is a rasam with mint leaf. Hope it is a unique rasam of TamilNadu (India) Muslims. Because I have not seen it with others. I bet, this could be a wonderful recipe laid hidden in the kitchens of so many sweet sisters.



Mint leaf Rasam / Pudina Rasam:

Ingredients:
Cooked Toor dal (Red gram) - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 100 gm
garlic - 3 pearls
Tamarind - a gooseberry size
Black pepper - 1/2 tbsp
coriander seed - 2 tsp
Dry red chilly - 3
cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
garlic - 3 pearls.
Mint leaf - a small bunch (1 1/2 cup chopped leaves)
oil - 1 tbsp
mustard - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
salt - to taste

Method:
Cook the Toor dhal and mash it .
(I take out the necessary dhal after pressure cooking for sambar).
Extract juice from tamarind.
Dry roast pepper, coriander, cumin, red chili and powder them together with fresh garlic.
Wash and clean the mint leaves. Chop the mint leaves finely.
Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard, cumin , asafoetida. After the mustard crackles , add the chopped tomato and fry till oil oozes out.
Pour the mashed dal, powdered masala, tamarind extract, chopped mint leaf and let it come to a boil.
As soon as the rasam starts to boil, immediately switch off and add salt.
Mint leaf rasam is ready!

Serving suggestions:

Serve over hot plain rice.
Goes well with a simple thovaiyal (thick chutney) and appalam.

Events:
Mint leaf rasam goes to JFI : Mint event hosted by Ashwini of Spicy cuisine. originally created by Indira of Mahanadi.

Also sending this mint leaf Rasam to the SWC - cooking with greens event hosted by Sowmya of creative saga.

Award:
I am very much excited when two of my friends Ann of Happy and healthy cooking and Ammu of Nature kitchen passed me this beautiful award.

Thank you friends. I feel honored.
I think it is appropriate to pass on this award to all who visit me. Feel free to pick it up buddies.
Enjoy!

24 comments:

Padma said...

Congrats on your award !!!
Pudina rasam is looking great... I like anything with pudina..love the taste and smell :)

Priya said...

U know wat i did today mint rasam, urs looks amazing...will post mine soon too!! flavourful rasam! Congrats on ur award!

kittymatti said...

Very nice and different recipe! Would love to try it... Congrats on yr award

Ashwini said...

Love the flavour of mint. Rasam must have tasted delicious. Looks awesome.

Subhie Arun said...

congrats on ur awards...lov mint too..and sure mint rasam too..urs version looks yummy..will try soon...

Happy cook said...

Congrats on the award.
I love rasom, neve rhad with pudina, must have tasted really refreshing.

Pooja said...

Wow flavourful rasam! Have never made with mint before! Great post. Congrats on the award :)

Ashwini said...

i luv rasam but never tried mint rasam...

Ushanandini said...

Mint Rasam hmmm..... very aromatic and new to me. I like pudhina......mint rasam sounds different.

Anu said...

I love mint.. but have never heard abt mint rasam..Will try this Viki!

Btw nice to see u with a veg recipe after a long time :))

VineelaSiva said...

Hai viki never heard of this rasam.Its really unique.Thanks for sharing the ecipe.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Flavorful rasam dear...I cant wait to try this yummy rasam :)

Cham said...

Mint rasam very interesting flavor!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Congrats on your award...
Rasam looks yummy - innovative too...

Adlak's tiny world said...

congrats for the award. mint rasam sounds new and yum.

Purva Desai said...

Congrats on ur award.........this is one aromatic and yummy rasam

Kayal said...

This is the first time i am hearing such a rasam. Thanks for the info...i love pudhina in any form.

sowmya said...

new to me..good one..thanks for the entry..

Malar Gandhi said...

Aromatic rasam, love muslim food so much...will have to try this version, soon.

Kalai said...

Rasam with mint superb idea.nice picture.

Parita said...

congrats on ur awards..pudina rasam sounds so innovative..must a try for me :)

Premyscakes said...

Looks amazing!!! I just love the flavour of mint but never tried or thought about making rasam out of it.
Sounds very interesting for me viki, will give try right away.

kitchen queen said...

the puthina rasam looks delicious and must be having a great flavour and smell.You can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

kitchen queen said...

the puthina rasam looks delicious and must be having a great flavour and smell.You can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments