Also Known As: Parippu Rasam, Pappu Charu, Bele Saaru, Kandhi Pappu Pulusu, Thuvar Dhal Soup, Rasam without Tomato, Rasam with no Tomatoes, Arhar Daal Rasam, Kandi Sathamudhu, Togari Bhele Saru, Lentil Tamarind Curry
Ingredients for preparing Rasam
- Tamarind (Puli, Imli) – 1 lemon sized ball
- Red Gram (Thuvaram Parippu, Toor Dal) – 1/2 cup
- Peppercorns (Kurumulagu, Kaali Mirch) – 2 tsp
- Cumin Seeds (Jeeragam, Jeera) – 1 tsp
- Garlic (Veluthulli, Lahsun) – 5 cloves (Optional)
- Asafoetida Powder (Kaayam, Hing) – 1/4 tsp
- Turmeric Powder (Manjal Podi, Haldi) – 1/2 tsp
- Salt to taste – 1 tsp
- Coriander Leaves (Malliyila, Dhania Patta), chopped – 1 tbsp
- Oil or Ghee – 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds (Kadugu, Rai) – 1/4 tsp
- Dry Red Chillies (Unaka Mulagu, Sukha Lal Mirch) – 2 no
- Curry Leaves (Kariveppila, Kadipatta, Karipatha) – 1 stalk
Steps for preparing Rasam
- Soak the tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes. Kneading with your fingertips, extract juice and discard pulp.
- Cook Red Grams in a pressure cooker with enough water until soft and mushy. Mash further with a potato masher to remove any lumps. Keep it aside.
- Crush the Garlic Pods, Peppercorns and Cumin Seeds. Keep it aside.
- In a thick bottomed vessel, mix the mashed Red Grams with Tamarind juice, Asafoetida Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander leaves, Salt, 2 cups of Water and the crushed ingredients from step 3.
- Heat the vessel and allow the contents to boil for 2 minutes. Now switch off the stove.
- Heat oil in a small pan and splutter the mustard seeds.
- Now add the curry leaves and dry red chillies into the same pan and fry for a minute. Pour this seasoning over Rasam.
- Garnish Rasam with Coriander Leaves and serve it hot with rice or you can even have it as a soup.