Monday 1 February 2010

Elumicha pazha Rasam (Lemon Rasam )



Rasam is a staple south Indian sour curry/soup which is done in most South Indian homes, almost everyday. One main reason for which it is prepared on a daily basis is that it contains the spices which facilitate digestion… so if you get to taste a traditional South Indian meal, you simply can’t miss the Rasam in your second course, which in turn is usually followed by some curd.
Rasam is made in many different ways using different ingredients like Tamarind/ Tomato/Pineapple/ Neem leaves and many more… and each one of them has its own distinct flavor. Lemon rasam is my favorite one and it can be eaten mixed with rice or drunk as it is, as well. Though most of you might know the recipe already, I 'm posting it for my dear readers from other parts of the world but also for my own record! hope you enjoy!!

Ingredients:
A cup of moong dhal
2 or 3 tomatoes ( chopped roughly)
A pinch of turmeric powder
¼ tsp black pepper powder

To temper:
3/4th tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
A sprig of curry leaves
2 green chilies ( I leave them whole)
A pinch of Asafetida
A pinch of turmeric powder
2 tbsp (heaped) chopped coriander leaves
2 or 3 crushed garlic pods (we don’t want to paste them, just crush them with the back of a spoon)
Juice of 3 lemons
Salt (as needed)
2 tbsp Ghee

Method:

Soak the moong dhal in water for few hours (reduces the cooking time)
Pressure cook the moong dhal along with triple it’s quantity of water, a little bit of salt, turmeric powder, green chilies, tomatoes and pepper powder until mushy.(If you’re not using a pressure cooker, then, simmer it for about 20 minutes until it’s cooked)

Drain and save the dhal water. (You may use the dhal for other dishes)

Now in a pan, heat the ghee, splutter the cumin seeds followed by the mustard seeds and the curry leaves. Add the crushed garlic and the green chilies now. Add the asafetida and turmeric powder followed by the tomatoes and the coriander leaves and stir for few seconds (we’re not going to cook the tomatoes completely);

Now remove the pan off the flame.

Pour the lemon juice to the above and add all this to the dhal water that we saved previously.

Taste and correct the salt if necessary and serve warm.

Fimère from "Aux délices des gourmets" (a wonderful foodie, whose recipes are ravishing one as the other) offered the following award to me:

Merci pour ce magnifique cadeau qui m' a beaucoup touché chère Fimère!!! Thank you dear!!

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Gita
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Devi Meyyappan
Sushma Mallya
Swathi
Sashi
Erica
Dolly
Mythreyi Dilip
Rohini Vijay
Nandini
Namitha and Sunitha

Adukala Vishesham


Cheers !!!!!!!!

47 comments:

suvaiyaana suvai said...

Congrats!!

Gulmohar said...

This is so comforting. Would love to finish off that bowl right now..:-)Drinking rasam always reminds me of Hyderabad summer..
Congrats on your award and thanks a lot for thinking about us !

Asha said...

No matter how many times you look at Rasam, still want to make them. They are just yum, love your Lemon Rasam.

Sarah Naveen said...

Rasam looks sooo delicious...perfect with hot rice..congrats on ur award deary!!

Dolly said...

Dear Vinolia- CONGRATULATIONS on ur award. I love ur Yummylicious blog too. Thanks a lot for sharing this award with me. That is such a sweet and thoughful gesture. In fact I'm thinking soon People are going to say Dolly Who..because it gets hard to catch up with such great recipes on here and our other blogpals spaces...time crunch..Many a times I'm late in my feedback and I feel so bad. I may be late b ut I'll surely COME...It seems I'm early this time..lol

WE all love Rasam in any form..and Lemon Rasam tops the list. Beautiful and comforting Clicks.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Yummy with hot rice....

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks yummy ma:)

Sashi said...

Vino .. Congrats on ur award !! Thanks for passing it to me. hmm.. when ever i visit ur blog i feel hungry again.

Jagruti said...

Congrats...lemon rasam looks delicious and tempting..

Swathi said...

Vinola,

Congratulations, Yummy rasam, I always like simple dishes so this one is one of them. Thanks for sharing the award to me.

Padma said...

Rasam looks so yummy. Perfect with hot rice. Congrats on your award too :)

Fimère said...

un agréable mélange de saveurs, à tester
le prix tu le mérite car tu as un magnifique blog
bonne soirée

? said...

Congratulations! Simple but really good recipe!

Cynthia said...

Bookmarked!

Gita said...

Congrats on your award...that's really so sweet of you to pass it to me...thanks dear :) My MIL prepared this rasam once for me, really comforting one...lemon rasam with fish fry...kalJean lunch ponga :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Very comforting and simple one,but i love such simple dishes and can have it anyday with hot hot rice...and beautiful clicks as usual...and congraz on ur award vinolia and thanks a lot for sharing it with me as well..thats really very sweet of you..

jeyashrisuresh said...

delicious and yummy looking rasam.great click.

kamalabhoopathy said...

Colourful rasam nice combo with hot rice.

shanthi said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR AWARD. RASAM IS PERFECT AND LIPSMACKING

Priya said...

Such a comforting rasam, just love this rasam with chicken fry...tempting!!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Simple and tasty rasam, Love it.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Thanks for the award, the rasam looks pure comfort!

? said...

Thankyou Jean!

Tina said...

Healthy and yummy rasam...

vineetha said...

lovely click dear...just want to grab that bowl of rasam and enjoy with some steaming rice..

Vrinda said...

So comforting and aromatic rasam...

Usha said...

The rasam looks yum and inviting ! I make my lemon rasam with tur dhal, will give your recipe a try soon :-)

Nostalgia said...

Lovely that looks great...

Latha said...

Lovely & comforting rasam...haven't tried using moong dal..will try it next time..Thanks for sharing :).

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi vinolia,congraz and thanks a lot for sharing it with me, it really means a lot...

Parita said...

Lovely click! Congrats on your award!

Preety said...

congrats for your award

rasam looks perfect, love to have it rice steaming hot rice:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Congrats on ur award and thanks a lot for sharing it with me da.

Rasam looks divine, i'm very big fan for hot rasam sadham and fish fry. You make me drool....

Cham said...

rasam and fish would be such a comfort meal! My famil is big fan of rasam they love to have everyday!
Congrats on ur award!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow the rasam brings me warm feelings and thoughts of home!!! Comfort food during a winter afternoon... Congrats on the award!!!

Bong Mom said...

I have never tried lemon rasam, this looks so warm and comforting

Sumi said...

Never tried lemon rasam...always go or pepper rasam.But will try this recipe next time as a variation

Malar Gandhi said...

Elumicham pazham rasam is a such a comforting dish for this cold weather.:) COngrats on the award, buddy...enjoy:)

Devi Meyyappan said...

Oh.. I love the rasam!!.. looks so comforting!! and thanks a ton for sharing the lovely award with me:):).....

nandini.p said...

oh my!! What a treat!. Thanx for inviting !. Was planning to drp in anyways!. Love Lemon Rasam. Shepangkilangu roast and lemon Rasam!,Wow My life is mde!.

Padhu said...

Congrats on your awards .A very comforting dish. Lemon rasam is my favourite.

Rohini said...

Slurp!! My fav rasam! But this method is new to me! You know it, I am making it today for dinner! :)
Congrats on the awards! And thanks for passing it to me too! You made my day! :)

Sujatha said...

Coincidentally I made this yesterday! and enjoyed with chicken fry for the side :)

Siddhi S said...

hi ...this is my first visit to ur blog...u hv a lovely blog with awesome recipes...this rasam luks very tempting...very nice recipe...it vl taste superb as ingredients r lovely.. Hey i am following u so that i can track all ur future recipes and visit them n comment.

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AdukalaVishesham said...

Hi Vinola impressive French and Congratulations on your award. We are equally thrilled and thankful to get the award from you. Keep up the good work.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Lemon rasam and fish fry ...super combo pa:) Like your idea of using dhal water here. Give me rasam any time and I can finish off all the rice...hi...hi.

Pavithra said...

The rasam looks soooooooooo comfroting and wonderful click.

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