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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lemon Rasam (South Indian Soup With Lemon)



One of the staple side dish in South India  is rasam. The name literally means juice. Depending upon which flavour you might like to add, you can create a variety of rasam. It has already been more than 5 years that I have settled in Bangalore and I have found this preparation to be very tangy and comforting. In summer days it rehydrates your body and your Vitamin C requirements are taken care of. 
The clear dal liquid before tempering...
Though I had learnt this simple tangy soup long time ago from one of our South Indian Aunty, it was only after I came in Banglore I started preparing it on a regular basis. Mostly rasam is added in rice however in case you want to include it as an accompanying preparation with snacks like papads, vadas etc. it too would taste good. 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Tool dal (Arhar/ Tuvar)
2 cups of water +Pinch of Turmeric +Salt to taste {Step 1}


1 tsp Cumin seeds+ 1/2 tbsp Peppercorns {Step2}
1 big Roma Tomato 
1" inch Ginger, finely chopped
2 Green chillis, finely chopped
1/2 Kashmiri red chilly powder
1 tsp Rasam powder
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Pinch of Asafetida (hing)
1 Lemon
Fistful of Curry leaves
Cilantro a handful
1 1/2 tsp Ghee


Method:
Cook toor dal and mentioned ingredients of  Step 1 in a pressure cooker upto 3-4 whistles. Once the steam is released, mash the dal and keep aside for later use.
Step 2: In a mortal and pestle grind peppercorn and cumin seeds roughly. 




Put whole tomato in boiling water(1cup), add the rasam powder, salt and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Let it cool and then mash the tomato. Add the toor dal water in it and boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and start preparing for seasoning.




Heat ghee on a tadka pan and add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering add chopped green chillies, ginger, asafetida, curry leaves and cilantro. Immediately add this to rasam water and allow it to cool, before you add lemon juice. Once it is cooled, add lemon juice. Serve with steamed rice and papad. I like to have this in a cup for a warm, tangy sip. 


User Comments & Tips:


  • Rasam can also be given as a bowl of soup.
  • I blanch tomato separately and then mash it up to get a nice color of rasam. But you can boil the tomato along with the dal (step 1) if you want so.
  • I just can't emphasis much on the timing of adding lemon juice when the rasam is warm enough. As adding lime juice in hot rasam will make it bitter.









47 comments:

  1. Wow..I am a sucker of Rasam.But it's not that,your click and the utensil you have showcased it looks splendid Deepa.Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Tangu and spicy rasam... wowwwwwwww. Love the display also

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  3. darun hoeche Deepa. amaro khub bhalo lage ar majhe majhei banai. ekhane rasam powder paoya jayna bole ak bondhu ke diye aniechi blr theke. chobigulo khub sundor hoeche. last chobita crop kore food gawker e pathie dao.

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  4. Oh wow!!! The rasam looks so yum and comforting. I want a big bowl of that right now :)

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  5. Nice tangy rasam .. love your traditional serving dish..

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  6. One of my fav and comforting food, love you serving bowl too.

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  7. perfect and fabulous.. excellent presentation..

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  8. A perfect drink for the rainy season!!! Craving for it now after seeing ur gorgeous pics!!
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  9. Though i hate these rasam during my childhood days, now a days i started liking lemon rasam very much. Nice version of lemon rasam and cute presentation

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  10. Rasam has such healing properties !! I love the light fragrance of this one, great for summer

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  11. Hi dear. Looking at your post I feel that Banaras has finally arrived at Blr. Rasam is such a comfort food and it's a regular thing in my kitchen. Simply love your clicks and presentation. Have you changed your camera?

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  12. A lovely soup, have not seen rasam with lemon before! Delicious with some crispy fried green peppers!

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  13. Deepa, I have always had tomato rasam in my sis-in-law's house in B'lore. But lemon rasam is really something I need to try now. This brass serving set is just awesome!!!

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  14. sluuuuuuuuuurup. yummy and healthy :)

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  15. Perfect for a rainy evening... The presentation is awesome!

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  16. Nice tangy rasam with cute bowl, love the way u have clicked the pictures

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  17. Yum.. that looks so perfect!!

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  18. Good old rasam...my ultimate comfort food...perfect with hot white rice..

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  19. delicious, am super fond of rasam, just like to drink it as soup on a cold day. yours looks too tempting to wait for winter :)

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  20. Wow..that looks great. M not fond of Rasam, but your creation is very inviting.
    Love the pics

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  21. what a flavourful rasam, never tasted lemon rasam, sure a comfort dish :)

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  22. Really darun post, deepa..konodin rasam banini, kintu bhisan tempting lagche, banabo...chabi gulo darun hoyeche, Specially second pic ta amar darun legeche..khub time dichcho blogging r photography te..keep it up

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  23. Wow yummy rasam,comforting dish,love the presentation Deepa,stunning..

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  24. Great presentation and this is also my favorite rasam!

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  25. Nice rasam deepa...My ultimate comfort food wid rice any day

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  26. Amazing presentation...love lemon rasam but rarely make it..also should try adding cumin-pepper the way you have given here..

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  27. That's an authentic recipe I love them on cold winter days..Well prepared and nice clicks :)
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  29. Tangy and delicious lemon rasam...loved your awesome serving pot and beautiful clicks!

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  30. Looks very good. A bowl of rice with rasam is so comforting on a cold evening.

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  31. lemon rasam recipe sounds amazing. looks very good

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  32. Excellent presentation...and looks tempting for the monsoons :)

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  33. Lemon rasam looks delicious Deepa

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  34. rasam looks delicious... nice presentation..

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  35. Nice presentation, n delicious rasam.

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  37. Would love to have this tangy rasam any day.

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  38. Lemon rasam looks refreshing and yummy..

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  39. My family's fav...luv rasam as much as u do :)

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  40. Lovely presentation! And rasam is one of my fav.
    Happy to follow you.

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  41. Perfect for this weather..Loved the pot:-)

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  42. Hey i love having rasam, lovely presentation :)

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  43. Love having this as soup.Yummy!!!

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  44. Nice rasam... it is good for health...

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