True Love is a Steaming Hot Bowl of Rasam.

Dear Foodies & Friends,

FINALLY. After a three-week slump, some introspection and a lot of self motivation (“you will STOP being such a potato”) I’m back on the blog with my favorite recipe in the entire universe! Rasam with steamed rice (and vegetables, but we’ll leave those for a future post or two! πŸ˜› ).

Rasam & Kai

Things here on campus seemed to be heading towards an endless downward spiral. The whole disaster started off with half the girls in our hostel falling sick. None of us could figure out why, but there were likely many causes- the water, and highly unpredictable weather being just a few. Anyway, after spending days in bed, moaning like a zombie, and dressing without a care in the world I was in no mood to confront work and classes. I guess you could say it got a little too overwhelming. Cooking is my favorite form of therapy, and while I have been doing some of it now and then, I didn’t want to put anything up until I really felt like I could give it my all. This is my passion and I really want to be able to do it justice. So I decided that taking a little sabbatical to sort my fuzzy head out wouldn’t be the worst idea. And noooow, back to the FOOD!

Rasam has always been my favorite dish in the entire world. It’s a tangy, mildly spicy soup (for lack of a better word) served with a vegetable side dish (or dishes) and rice. Every time I go home it’s the first thing my mom puts on the table, and it’s absolute perfection. I feel like it’s got some kind of special healing powers; One bowl of rasam when I’m  sick, and things instantly feel so much better. Also, did I mention just how delicious it is? My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Here’s the recipe!

RASAM

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Rasam.

Ingredients

  1. 3 Tomatoes
  2. 1 Teaspoon of tomato paste
  3. 1.5 teaspoons of sambar powder
  4. 1 Teaspoon of jeera powder
  5. 1 Teaspoon of tamarind paste or half a teaspoon of kokum extract
  6. Half a cup of cooked yellow toor dal
  7. 800 ml of water
  8. A few curry leaves
  9. A Teaspoon of mustard seeds
  10. 1 Teaspoon of jeera seeds
  11. A teaspoon of ghee or butter
  12. Salt to taste

Rasam!

Directions

Isn't it perfect?

STEP 1: Cook the lentils in a pressure cooker, or if like me you don’t have one, then simmer it for ages (approximately 30-45 min) until it’s well cooked and combined.  The lentils cook really quickly in a pressure cooker so do use one if you’ve got it. For the rest of you hostel/student folk, bare with me! This dish is worth all the time it might take.

STEP 2: Add the spices, salt, and chopped tomatoes into a pot along with the water and bring to a boil.  When the tomatoes have broken down and the spices are well combined, pour in the dal and simmer for a further ten minutes.

STEP 3: For the final garnish (tadka), heat the ghee/butter till smoking point, then add the mustard seeds (you know they’re ready when they explode with a popping sound), the jeera and the curry leaves. Pour over the rasam with a few coriander leaves Et voilΓ ! Bon AppΓ©tite! πŸ™‚

Rasam, beans karamadu & Aloo Curry

40 Comments Add yours

  1. I am glad you are feeling better. Your recipe does sound very healing. Take care. 😊

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    1. Little Chef says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot. πŸ™‚
      I hope you give it a try sometime!

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  2. Awesome post…loved the recipe..will try it out soon..

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    1. Little Chef says:

      I’m really glad you liked it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. chef mimi says:

    This looks so good! Wish I could get my hands on fresh curry leaves – I’ve never been able to taste them!

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    1. Little Chef says:

      Thank you! the colours are pretty vivid πŸ™‚
      Do you have an Asian store nearby? I’m sure they’d have some πŸ™‚

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      1. chef mimi says:

        About two hours away, but I’ve never seen them. I imagine frozen wouldn’t work quite as well. I’ve looked for plants as well, with no luck.

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  4. jyo says:

    What could be more than this… it’s a pure BLISS πŸ‘Œ

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    1. Little Chef says:

      I’m so glad you agree! πŸ˜€

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  5. john todaro says:

    Looks so delicious in those photos! Glad you’re all feeling better…

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    1. Little Chef says:

      Much better, thank you very much. πŸ™‚
      I have a friend next door who lets me borrow her DSLR, and it makes all the difference!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Love rasam!! My all-time favorite comfort food. I’ve gotten my family hooked on it too, anytime they are not well they ask me to make rasam. It’s comfort food for the soul.

    Thanks for visiting my site and liking a few posts. Glad you enjoyed the stories.

    Kalpana

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    1. Little Chef says:

      That’s very sweet of you πŸ™‚
      I’t’s always great to hear about someone else sharing a similar connection with a dish! Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. da-AL says:

    all your neighbors must have come knocking when they smelled this πŸ™‚

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    1. Little Chef says:

      That’s EXACTLY what happens! The whole corridor smells amazing! πŸ™‚
      The only fear is that the warden or someone will come sniffing around, but so far it’s been great! πŸ˜€

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  8. Kurian says:

    Thanks for this

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  9. Thank you for dropping into my Viju’s Kitchen

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    1. Little Chef says:

      It was totally my pleasure, I love your recipes! πŸ™‚
      Thank you for taking some time to read mine as well!

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  10. thelongview says:

    Ahhh, rasam! Nice!

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    1. Little Chef says:

      :Thank you! D
      That’s literally my reaction every time mom makes it back home!

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  11. I love rasam as well its my comfort food

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    1. Little Chef says:

      It’s great to see other people so passionate about it! πŸ™‚
      Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  12. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    1. Little Chef says:

      Do let me know how it turns out! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do πŸ™‚

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  13. Megala says:

    Rasam, such a comfort food, I would love to have with hot steaming rice !

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    1. Little Chef says:

      You’re SO right! Thanks for all the appreciation! It’s great interacting with people who know just how amazing it is! πŸ™‚

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      1. Megala says:

        Yes, true, I do feel the same ! πŸ™‚

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  14. Do you make your Samba powder? If so can you tell me how as I cannot buy it where I am in the UK. The soup looks terrific!

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  15. This looks delicious

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    1. Little Chef says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ It really is, do give it a try sometime!

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  16. beandmake says:

    i fell in love with Rasam while traveling in India, this blog post has inspired me to try to make it – thank you for sharing !

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  17. What is a rasam, Little chef

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    1. Little Chef says:

      It’s a South Indian dish sort of like soup. It’s a little tangy, spicy and really good served hot. There are a bunch of varieties too. It’s great when you have a cold or a bad throat. We always eat it with rice. πŸ™‚

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      1. Are you from the Philippines like me? Your blog is amazing.

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      2. Little Chef says:

        Thank you so much, that’s very kind of you πŸ™‚
        I was born and brought up in America, but I live in India now. Both my parents are from here.

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      3. I see, thank you, keep on blogging, I became obsessed with it already, love to cook also & i get more excited when blogger like you like my posts. My IPad is running low batt, will definitely drive by you blog, after i re-charge, nice talking to you, pretty Little Chef.

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  18. Big fan of Rasam… lovely recipe….

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