Red ripe tomatoes – 4
Tamarind – one small lime size
Salt – 2 tsps
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Rasam powder – 1 tsp ( I use my sambar powder)
Tur dal (Red gram dal) – 4tbsps
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Curry leaves – a few
Fresh coriander leaves – for garnishing
Black pepper – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Garlic – 4 pods
Ghee – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
1. Wash and cut tomatoes into cubes, and soak it along with the tamarind in boiling water.
2. Meanwhile, pressure cook dal and turmeric powder, with one glass of water, to get a watery dal (paruppu kattu).
Note: If you are planning to make Sambhar as well, add additional water to the dal, and just pour out the liquid into a separate vessel, leaving behind the heavy dal. The liquid is called paruppu kattu – or a dal stock)
3. Squeeze the tomatoes and the tamarind together and extract the juice.
4. Add salt, asafoetida, rasam powder and curry leaves to the extract, and boil it till the raw smell disappears.
5. Now add the paruppu kattu, to the extract. Pour in more water to make up a volume of four glasses of rasam (one litre). You may see some froth beginning to develop on the top.
6. Turn down to low flame.
7. Crush pepper, cumin seeds and the garlic pods coarsely (preferably using a mortar and pestle, else use your mixie) and add it to the rasam. 8. Add fresh coriander leaves and leave the rasam on low flame till it gathers a lot of foam on top. 9. A critical step - DO NOT ALLOW THE RASAM TO BOIL as it will lose its flavour. As rasam reaches boiling point, it will rise to the top, similar to milk. At that point switch off the stove and keep the rasam covered to seal in the flavours.
10. To season the rasam, heat ghee and add mustard seeds.
11. When mustard splutters, add it to the Takkali Rasam.
Enjoy the aroma and relish rasam glass after glass!
This post goes to the RCI Chettinad an event that was started by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisines, and is currently hosted by Srimathi at Few Minute Wonders.