Monday, July 25, 2011

Lime and Lemony Rasam

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Rasam forms a major part of our Tamilnadu meals.I just love rasam when done in different styles and varieties.One such rasam is lime rasam.This rasam is simply tasty,light,refreshing and I can drink it all day!!!It is different because,unlike other rasam's we do not use tamarind pulp for making it,it gets its tanginess from the lime...and it just sooo delicious...Its heaven!!

1) Cooked thoor dhall - 1/2 cup
2) Lemon juice of 1 to 1 1/2 small lemon(depending on the tartness)
3) Tomato roughly chopped - 1 big
4) Green chilly - 1
5) Ginger grated - 1tsp
6) Curry leaves - few
7) Rasam Powder - 2 tsp
8) Salt to taste
9) Sugar(optional) - 1/2 tsp
10) Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
11) For tempering:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Hing - little
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tblsp
12) Fresh coriander leaves - few for garnish

Pressure cook dhall.Add a glass water to dhall and lightly mash it with a ladle.Keep aside.

In a pot,pour the dhall water in it and add tomatoes to it.Briefly bring it to a boil.Now,add ginger,slitted green chilly and allow it to boil until nice ginger/chilly smell comes out.Add turmeric powder,hing,salt,curry leaves,sugar and rasam powder to the pot.If you feel the rasam has become thick add some more water and again bring it to a final boil.Lovely rasam aroma will fill the room :-)))..Now,it is time to switch off the stove and add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the rasam.Mix it well and close it with a lid.

Saute the tempering ingredients in a small pan and add it carefully to the rasam.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Hot simple lime rasam is ready!!! Serve it with hot steaming ghee rice and any subji fry,papad...It will taste amazing!!!!

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