Tomatoes medium sized - 2
Peppercorns - 1/2 table spoon
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Lemon - optional
This is a very simple recipe, so the ingredients are paramount here.
Dice the tomatoes.
Take about 4 cups of water and boil the tomatoes in it.
The tomatoes will disintegrate and the water start to foam.
Stir a couple of times.
While the tomatoes are boiling, powder together peppercorns and cumin seeds.
Add this powder to the tomatoes.
Add the coriander powder to the mixture.
Add tamarind paste and stir well to keep it from boiling over.
When the mixture has boiled for about ten minutes, take a small pan.
Heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil in it. (Safflower or Sunflower is the best).
Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splatter.
Once they start splattering , add the curry leaves and fry.
Now quickly add asafoetida and add it to the rasam and let it stand.
Voila - ready. Be careful not to get hot oil all over yourself. Squeeze some lime on top for a fresher taste. You can drink it as it is. Or you can serve it with rice and roasted potatoes like I did.
Dice 4 medium sized potatoes and put them in a bowl. Add required salt. Add a pinch of turmeric powder. Add 2 tsp of curry powder. Toss and coat the potatoes well. Roast in the oven till soft and brown. About 350F and 30-40 mts.
The peppercorns and cumin make the rasam an excellent home remedy for colds and coughs. And this warm concoction in a cup always relieves me from any headache. I tend to have very little rice and lot of rasam in a bowl making it almost like noodle soup. My husband has a lot of rice with a little bit of rasam and a lot of veggies. Yeah, thats his plate. My rice bowl is not pictured. Again, this is cooking and not baking, so you can mess around with the ingredients a little bit to get to the taste of your liking. Don't be put off by the number of steps. Its worth it.
Thank you for reading. I'm glad to be able to share my favourite southi recipe with all of you.