Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pineapple Rasam

There is a popular belief that , 'We can check any person's cooking skill with the taste of the rasam they make'. Because even though the rasam may seem a very easy item to make, it needs a lot of care and patience.
One can master the art of preparing an authentic rasam by keeping the following in mind.
1. Don't boil the rasam after adding salt. Put off flame on seeing the bubbles / froth.
2. Don't use black or old tamarind.
3. Use freshly ground rasam powder and fresh ingredients to get a more healthy rasam.

A rasam made with pineapple will definitely sound classic to any Rasam fan.
Like all the rasams , pineapple rasam also helps in digestion. Some nutrients present in the pineapple is believed to reduce the body fat to some extent.
So here is a super healthy rasam made with all the freshness of pineapple.

Tamarind - a strawberry size
pineapple - 1 cup (chopped)
cooked toor dhal - 3 tbsp
water - 3 cups
turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
fenugreek seed - 1/4 tsp
Dry red chilly - 2 (torn into pieces)
curry leaves - 1 sprig
cilantro - 1 tbsp (chopped)
salt - to taste
oil /ghee - 1 tsp
garlic - 4 pearls

To roast and grind:

Coriander seed - 1 tbsp
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
Black peppercorn - 1 tsp
Dry red chilly - 1

Step 1.
Grind the tomato with 3/4 cup of pineapple coarsely.
Soak tamarind in hot water , filter and extract juice using 2 cups of water.
Take a vessel and add the tamarind extract,Turmeric powder, mashed dhal, mashed tomato + pineapple in it.
Start heating the vessel.
Roast the items given and grind along with fresh garlic pods.
Add this rasam powder also to the above vessel and bring it to a boil.
Switch off flame once it comes to a boil.
Now add salt to taste.
Step 2:
Heat oil / ghee in a pan.
Add mustard seeds , fenugreek seeds and allow them to splutter .
Add some asafoetida (hing), cilantro, red chillies and curry leaves.
Run the seasoning over the hot rasam.
Step 3:
Finely chop the rest of the pineapple and sprinkle over the rasam.
Close the vessel tightly to retain the flavor.

Pineapple rasam is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot with plain steamed rice or simply in cups to drink.
Having a cup of rasam after lunch or dinner is highly recommended for good health.


Parita said...

Thats lovely idea to use pineapple in fantastic!

Gita said...

I too love pineapple rasam..rasam is one of my comfort foods...with any spicy side dish...I can have it any time of the day :) That bowl of rasam looks very tempting dear.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome rasam. Never knew you could add pineapple to rasam...

Pooja said...

Wow sounds great! Never made pineapple rasam.

Anonymous said...

Rasam is one thing i love to drink pretending that am having fever..viki,thats proved a brilliant idea to get rid of compliants that I had it all myself..pineapple rasam is new to me though..Hey by the way,the tips you have given here is truly helpful and am sure i will make great rasams now..
viki dear,am visiting you jus to have a bowl of this hot rasam..wait..?

chakhlere said...

wow!! Adding pineapple in Rassam is new to me! Grt recipe!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Feel like having it right now...never tasted pineapple rasam....

Vani said...

Sounds like a really yum rasam, Viki!

Pavithra said...

I love this so much and really tasty and tempting rasam.. can i have a cup

Ann said...

SOOo creative and soothing rasam Viki! love this idea. Will have to try this soon.

Smitha said...

This rasam is absolutely new to me. My hubby will love this preperation.

Anu said...

I love this.... Looks tempting.....
Will have to try........


The tips u hav given is very useful and rasam looks and sounds tempting:)

Faiza Ali said...

Pineapple rasam is new to me.will surely try it..

Varsha Vipins said... 2 favs..sambar n rasam..thanks for the tips dear..:)

Sanghi said...

Vinnovative viki..! Yummy!

Hari Chandana said...

OMG!!!... Rasam with pineapple???...
really very innovative idea.. looks soo delicious and tempting.. thanks for sharing!!

Rina said...

Lovely rasam Viki...never tried pineapple rasam though..sure it should be yummy.

Priti said...

Totally new for me...delicious and nice...and I didn't knw abt tht now shall we say ur cookin skills real superb :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy delicious rasam

Chow and Chatter said...

pineapple rasam sounds great came over from foodieblogroll nice blog love Indian food will follow

Vijitha Shyam said...

Nice rasam Viki! even I had posted it few months back.

The Spice Doc said...

I love the medicinal side notes! I write about food as medicine on my blog and love to see/learn from others about that aspect of food. Thank you!

Divya Vikram said...

Looks too good and comforting!

n33ma said...

Very true abt testing the cooking skill with rasam.This looks lovely.

lissie said...

pineapple rasam sounds great! this recipe is new to me...I always enjoy reading your post :)

ARUNA said...

wow yaa viki, never heard of this rasam.......this is surely a unique recipe! Lemme try it next!

Alisa said...

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Padma said...

Love pineapple rasam Vicky... looks yummy :)

Yasmeen said...

Love the sweet and sour flavor of the rasam.And thank you Viki for your kind prayers for my son,it means a lot to me :)

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