Pepper + jeera + tomato = yummy rasam.
I made this rasam Saturday since K said he felt under the weather. Making it was a breeze and it did help brighten up an otherwise drab day.
Stuff you will need:
2 big tomatoes crushed
Black Pepper – 1 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
Dhaniya/Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
Curry leaves – a handful
Thuvar Dhal – a handful
Salt to taste (about 1 and 1/4 tsp)
Coriander leaves – a handful minced to garnish
How to make it?
Dry roast and powder all ingredients with the exception of tomatoes. Heat 2 tsp ghee, season with mustard and curry leaves in a thick bottomed vessel. Add the crushed tomatoes and the dry roasted powder. Add water to make 3/4ths of the vessel. Add salt to taste and bring to a boil. When the concoction starts frothing, lower flame and garnish with coriander. Cover and turn gas off.
Serve hot as is or with white rice.
This rasam is used as an equivalent to the chicken soup i.e. it is a comfort food and for people with throat infection and or congestion of the nose and lungs this rasam eases the irritation and warms up the inside.