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February 11, 2009


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Rasam recipe

This saaru( a kind of rasam) tastes excellent with plain rice.When i was pregnant , during the first three months,i didn’t like to eat sambar/vatha kuzhambu etc(u all know our taste changes during pregnancy) .On those days, My Mom-in-law used to prepare this for me.I used to have this rasam mixed with plain rice as my food all the time ;)This is my favorite.Very easy to prepare.When u run short of time to prepare lunch,u can do this saaru/Rasam quickly.We call this as "Vendhaya rasam".It tastes different from our usual rasam recipe as i have added onions in this.

Ingredients required
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size (soak in warm water)
  • Big onion – 1 no(finely chopped)
  • Green chilly – 4 nos (slit cut)
  • Tomato – 1 no (chopped)
  • Salt – to taste
To temper
  • Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
  • Methi seeds/fenugreek – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal- 1/4 tsp
  • Toor dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Asafetida/hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Soak the tamarind in water and extract the juice from it.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add methi seeds first.when it starts to pop,add mustard seeds,urad dal,toor dal ,a pinch of asafetida and curry leaves one by one in the same order.
  • Now add the chopped onions and saute till they are transparent.
  • Now add the tomato,saute and cook for 1 min.Add the tamarind extract with required salt and water.
  • Add the remaining hing and boil it for 2-3 mins.
  • After removing from fire,add 1/4 cup of water to it.
  • Finally,garnish with coriander leaves..
Mix with plain rice and enjoy ur day with Puli saaru!!

Fenugreek seeds:
  • Fenugreek seeds are a galactagogue that is often used to increase milk supply in lactating women.[3] Because the maple syrup-like flavor is strong and not always liked, the seeds are ground to a powder and administered in capsules.
  • Many lactating women who take fenugreek in the quantities required to increase their milk supply notice that their skin exudes a distinct "maple syrup" odor.
  • Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of the polysaccharide galactomannan.
  • They are also a source of saponins such as diosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens. Other bioactive constituents of fenugreek include mucilage, volatile oils, and alkaloids such as choline and trigonelline.
  • Fenugreek is frequently used in the production of flavoring for artificial maple syrups. The taste of toasted fenugreek, like cumin, is additionally based on substituted pyrazines. By itself, fenugreek has a bitter taste.
  • Fenugreek is used as a digestive aid.
  • Studies have shown that fenugreek is a potent stimulator of breastmilk production and its use was associated with increases in milk production of as much as 900%.  It can be found in capsule form in many health food stores.
  • Supplements of fenugreek seeds were shown to lower serum cholesterol, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein in human patients and experimental models of hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia .
  • Although the benefits of lowering serum cholesterol in and of itself is controversial , Several human intervention trials demonstrated that the antidiabetic effects of fenugreek seeds ameliorate most metabolic symptoms associated with type-1 and type-2 diabetes in both humans and relevant animal models .
  • Fenugreek is currently available commercially in encapsulated forms and is being prescribed as dietary supplements for the control of hypercholesterolemia and diabetes by practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine.
  • In recent research, fenugreek seeds were experimentally shown in rats to protect against cancers of the breast  and, in human cell extracts, the colon .


  1. isn't this very similar to rasam except for the onions? sounds real tangy and yummy! u're lucky that you could even think of eating those 3 months ;-)i couldnt!

  2. I would love a bowl of your rasam! It would warm me up in this snowy weather

  3. I love having brothy dishes like this with rice - looks wonderful!

  4. Very unique rasam with methi seeds and onions in it...sounds delicious:-)

  5. That looks so inviting...i just love to drink it hot...adding methi is new...

  6. I make Goddu saaru minus methi seeds,onions,urad dal & toor dal, this rasam seems different, must give it a try when u want to cook something fast....looks delicious, methi seeds must be giving a wonderful flavour to it i think!!

  7. i would love to have this as a soup rather than with my rice..nice recipe..

  8. looks delicious; never tried with onions, this is new!

  9. onion in rasam? its very unique!

  10. Rasom with plain rice is one of my comfort food.
    Your rasam looks yumm.

  11. looks delicious....onion in rasam? its very unique, never tried, will try this time....

  12. Looks almost like soup! Tangy rasam and papad lovely confort food for me :)

  13. interesting..looks like rasam..but different also..with the onion in it..looks good..

  14. very intresting rasam. I am not able to use fenugreek because my huby hate it. so I want show your post to my husband.

  15. This must be delicious especially because of the tamarind :)

  16. Never thot abt using Onions in Rasam...this is different.The best bit of ur blog which i enjoy reading is the Kitchen Clinic...good one chitra:)

  17. Hmm..Puli saaru looks delectable,I guess its quite similar to good ol' pepper rasam isn't it,I'm sure it would be a treat with plain rice and a drizzling of home-made your kitchen clinic too..great write up!!

  18. Thanku all for ur motivating comments:)
    Thanks tastes different than pepper rasam..just give it a try and leave me a note..will feel happy:)

  19. Hi Chitra..Im glad I visited your blog..You have a cute blog.Love this rasam.Never tried using onion in rasam..Will try some day..and thanks for visiting my blog,dear..

  20. Hi Chitra
    Thanks for stopping by Magic Flavours.
    Great Blog you have.
    This dish looks very healthy ans delicious for sure x

  21. Different but yummy recipe dear. Eager to have it.

  22. Hi Chitra,

    This is shobha from Thank you for visiting my site. PLease do let me know how the Apple Payasam turns out whenever you try it. Also could you list me on your blogroll? I am hardly ten days old here!!!

    Thanks, Shobha

  23. Onion rasam! Completely new to me. Looks yummy. Will try.

  24. looks healhty and goood to have on cold days..

  25. Chitra,

    I've got something waiting in my blog for you dear!

  26. i love rasam with steaming hot rice

  27. this is a new kind of rasam. looks mouth-watering.

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  29. What an interesting variation of rasam.. your description of it is very tempting.

  30. Onions in rasam! new to me..sounds delicious! nice pic!

  31. Sounds like an interesting differnt kind of rasam.....I love rasams so this is bookmarked!

  32. HI Chitra...can you eat methi seeds while pregnant ? I am getting answers..thanks so much..

    1. Yes priya, u can eat.. It keeps the body cool & it helps preventing gestational diabetes too :)


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