Friday, October 7, 2011

Garlic Rasam (பூண்டு ரசம்)

Rasam mixed with rice is a very popular South Indian dish that goes well with most vegetables at the side. A variant of rasam, made with garlic, is especially good for digestion.

  1. Asafotedia powder- 1 pinch
  2. A few curry leaves -to taste
  3. Garlic Cloves sliced thin- 10-11
  4. Lemon sized tamarind
  5. Red Chillies2-3
  6. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  7. Tomatoes chopped 1-2
  8. Turmeric powder 1tsp

    1.  Take the tamarind pulp and make a juice out of it by soaking and squeezing it in water. Keep this aside.
    2. Pour about a tablespoon of ghee in a vessel and heat it over the stove.
    3. Once the ghee is hot, add some mustard seeds to it. 
    4. When the seeds start to splutter, add asafotedia powder, red chillies, garlic cloves and tomatoes. If you are like me and you do not prefer chunks of tomatoes in your food, make a paste out of the tomatoes and add it instead. 
    5. Now let it simmer for a minute before you add the turmeric powder. Stir for a couple of more minutes so the raw smell of the turmeric disappears. 
    6. Add the tamarind juice (without the pulp) and some salt to this mixture. 
    7. Let the rasam simmer in the stove for about 10-15 minutes. Within this time, when you notice that the mixture starts to boil, add some curry leaves to it and turn off the stove. Rasam is ready.

      Key to a tasty rasam is that you don't over cook it. Stop the cooking process once you notice the first boil. 


      1. that's an interesting twist on rasam. i love garlic so much :D i'm sure it tastes great !

      2. Aaaahhh.... u always remind me of home! :( send some rassam here! i die to eat rassam sadam everyday! its my favourite. yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
        love ur method. the one i make has galic, pepper corns n cumin seeds ground coarsely. will try this one soon.
        thanks for the lovely post :)

      3. Hi lux! this is a fantastic recipe. can't wait to try it out myself.

      4. TPY- Try it out and let me know how you like it.
        Shabu- I am always thinking of home!! :P rasam on the way to UK, hope you get it in one piece ;)
        Karthik- Try it out and let me know!