Thursday, January 21, 2010

#1 Tomato Rasam - Rasam Recipe - Tomato Saaru - Classic South Indian Comfort Food

In a typical "full course" South Indian meal - there are 3 courses - Sambar (the thicker curry), followed by Rasam (the thinner curry) and finally curds or buttermilk. All accompanied by steaming hot rice. A few drops of ghee (or clarified butter) to add a special garnish.

Also accompanying these are vegetable side-dishes aka Palya or Upkari. I had earlier blogged the classic sambar powder recipe and various palya/upkari recipes: Tender cashewnut Bibbe Upkari,  Garlic Potato Upkari.

tomato rasam
Tomato Rasam is also called as "Tomato Saaru" in Kannada.

Serves: 4
Time to prepare: 30 minutes.

  • 4  clean washed tomatoes - big sized (or 6 medium)
  • 2-3 spoons  - Rasam Powder (you can find the recipe here)
  • 1/2 tsp - mustard seeds - for seasoning
  • 12 curry leaves - - for seasoning
  • 6 garlic seeds - for seasoning
  • 2 long red chillies - torn to 1/2 inch pieces - for seasoning
  • 3 tsps cooking oil of choice - for seasoning
  • 3 spoons finely chopped fresh chopped coriander - for garnishing
  1. Chop the tomatoes and crush it nicely with a pestle - add twice the volume in water.
  2. Add rasam powder and bring to a boil - lower heat and simmer for 15-18 minutes or so.
  3. Heat the oil in a ladle and add garlic, chillies, mustard and curry leaves.
  4. Add this to the rasam and close the lid quickly.
  5. Enjoy with steaming hot rice!
Note: There are so many different types of delicious rasams, Tomato rasam, Pepper rasam, Shunti rasam (Ginger rasam), Lemon Rasam, beva palle rasam (neem leaf rasam), Garlic Rasam etc.

There are also slight variations in every region - Mysore rasam, Andhra Rasam, Iyengari Rasams. Good luck and best wishes on your culinary journey!

1 comment:

  1. yum absolutely delicious, i recommend it to one and all. thanks for posting keep up the good work.:)


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