Rasam is a South indian dish. Rasam is healthy and a great digestive aid. Rasam's main ingredients are tomato and tamarind. It can be prepared spicy or mild according to your taste. It is liquid in consistency. Rasam has lot of spices and few lentils in it. It is also known as Mulagatani where Mulaga means to red chilly and tani means water in tamil.
Soak the tamarind in water for 1/2 hour
Squish the tomatoes roughly by hand and combine the tamarind and tomato together and add about 1/2 glass of water then squish both of them together.
Prepare Rasam Masala
Cumin Seeds -1 tsp
Black Pepper- 1 tsp
Dried Red chilly - 2
Curry leaves - 6
Garlic cloves - 4
Grind the above roughly, Don't make a fine powder.
Prepare the lentil
Red gram a.k.a Pigeon pea (Toor Dal)-1/2 tbsp
Add 1 tsp of oil
1/4 tsp of turmeric
1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds
Pinch of asafetida
Water level should be above the red gram for it to cook properly.
Pressure Cook the Red gram for 2 whistles.
That's it, this is how Indian Dal is prepared. You can use it with rice and it tastes delicious, but over here we will add it to Rasam
You don't specifically need it in rasam but it adds to the taste and nutritious value of it if you do add it.
Cooking the Rasam
Take a wok and add 2 tsp of oil in it. Heat it for 30 seconds on medium flame.
Add Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Add Fenugreek seeds1/4 tsp
Wait till it splutters.
Now add the Mixture from Step 2 of Tomato and tamarind.
Also add the Red gram(Dal) with water present in it, from Step 4
Add a glass of water.
Let this boil for over 5-7 minutes till the everything is cooked and raw smell of tamarind is gone.
Now add the Rasam Masala from Step 3. Let it boil for 1 minute more.
That is it. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes . Give it a stir before serving. You can sieve it if you want. Enjoy!!
Healthy Delicious Tomato Rasam