Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Puli Rasam

Puli (tamarind) rasam is the simplest of all the rasams. No need to go for a tomato or rasam powder or dhal to do this puli rasam. So we can make it in just 10 minutes.

Hope many knows the way to serve / take rasam in a full course Indian meal. It is considered to be a healthy kind of soup that heals our digestive tract. I have seen many preferring only this rasam and rice along with thovaiyal or appalam for dinner. For me, it means a heavenly food that too on a rainy season :)

Simple rasam / Homely rasam / Puli rasam


Tamarind - small lemon size
Turmeric powder - a pinch
water - 3 cups
sesame oil - 2 tsp
red chilly - 2 (torn into pieces)
curry leaf - 1 sprig
mustard - 1/2 tsp
fenugreek (venthayam) - 1/4 tsp
asafoetida (hing) - a pinch
garlic - 3 pearls
cumin - 3/4 tsp
whole black pepper - 1 tsp
salt - to taste

Grind the garlic, pepper and cumin coarsely.

Extract juice from tamarind by soaking it in hot water. Like wise extract all the juice by rinsing it twice in cold water. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok.
Add the fenugreek and mustard . After the mustard gets splutter , put the curry leaves , asafoetida and red chillies.
Immediately add the ground mixture before the chillies get burnt.
Stir for 30 seconds.

Now pour the tamarind extract along with Turmeric powder and let it boil till the raw smell vanishes.
Then switch off the flame and add salt to taste (3/4 tsp).

Don't add the salt before switching off the flame as it will change the fresh smell of the rasam.

Serving suggestions:
Makes 300 ml of clear rasam.
Let the rasam settle down first and just serve the top layer of rasam.
Serve over hot rice along with appalam or thogaiyal .
If preferred serve as a soup , but after meals.


Tina said...

Yummy puli combination with rice.

chow and chatter said...

looks good I need to make rasam i never do for some reason

Sushma Mallya said...

My all time fav rasam, so simple and delicious with rice..just love to have it anyday for lunch...Nice click too viki

Sailaja Damodaran said...

i love tamarind rasam.....nice

Sandhya Hariharan said...

I m game for it.. Rasam is sooo comforting...
THanks for sharing!!

San!!! said...

Nice,simple and quick rasam.Everybody can easily prepare this instead of using mix and all.

Unknown said...

Comforting and yum....we had it for lunch.. comfortable food . Urs look so lovely and delicious dear.

Parita said...

I would love to have some rasam right now..yumm!

Priya Suresh said...

Real comforting food, love this tangy rasam..

Unknown said...

always a comfort food..

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Just stopping by to say Collect your award dear :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply yummy and delicious dea..!!

Ann said...

Yes Viks this is absolutely a digestion specialist and the simple far behind in making rasams and always wondered about how you come up with so much..whenever i think delicious about rasams,the unusual feel of fever makes its appearance

chef and her kitchen said...

Simple rasam and great comfort food..

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow...lovely rasam..quick and fast

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very nice rasam, love to have with hot rice!

Unknown said...

Looks simple and easy with simple ingredients!

gtyuk said...

hi vicky, how are you?

this is my all time favourites too!!and I'm one among those preferring only this rasam and rice along with thovaiyal or appalam for dinner. I can content with that!

Malar Gandhi said...

This is our all time comfort food...puli rasam, nothing could beat it!

sangeeta said...

i love rasam but somehow rarely make it...i like it as soup though...
the most i made is a coriander leaves n tomato rasam...this one is worth trying..

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