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September 3, 2012


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paruppu rasam
I make this rasam when i feel lazy to cook. It is different from the usual rasam in taste as well as texture. We add sambar powder instead of rasam powder and it would be thick in consistency.I add more crushed garlic which gives an excellent flavour..I learnt this from my MIL.I make this in weekends along with a poriyal and thogayal.It makes a complete meal with a stir fry (poriyal) and appalam /papad as accompaniments..

1 cup - 200ml
  • Toor dal – 1/3 cup
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato – 1 no (big)
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Garlic flakes – 10-15 nos
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Salt & water- as needed
To temper
  • Oil / ghee – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera – 1 /2 tsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Pressure cook toor dal with a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of oil.Mash it well ..Remove and set aside.
  • In a kadai , add the tempering items in the same order.
  • Then add the finely chopped tomato pieces and saute for a minute.
  • Add the tamarind extract , sambar powder, turmeric powder , salt and a pinch of sugar.
  • Peel the garlic and just crush it slightly with the rolling pin or with a mortar and pestle.
  • Add the garlic pieces to the above mixture and allow it to boil for a minute.
  • Then add the cooked and mashed toor dal.mix well and boil for few seconds.
  • When it starts to roll boil , switch off the flame and remove.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and close it with a lid..
Serve hot by mixing with plain rice and ghee !!
paruppu rasam small

  • Garlic pieces will be half cooked. Crush it and add to give a nice flavour.
  • This rasam wont be watery or clear. It would be little thick. So mix with a ladle every time before serving..
  • Tempering can be also be done at the end.
  • Adding coriander leaves for garnishing is purely optional.Use it if u have.Curry leaves is sufficient.
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  1. I want to drink it now... My favorite

    Event: Dish name starts with O

  2. Love to having this with hot steaming rice and papad.

  3. The last click looks so inviting..

  4. My all time favorite rasam.. Ongoing event " Party snacks",more detais : http://en-iniyaillam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/party-snacks-event-announcement.html

  5. Wish I have to drink this rasam....

  6. With plain rice this tastes heaven...first click is so good

  7. Looks yumm.. Amazing and delicious...

  8. super tempting!! Join me in Fast Food - Pasta event and know your sweetness - Honey event in my blog.

  9. Lovely texture & super delish rasam!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. Simple and Yummy...Want to drink it...

  11. love this with hot rice and some thogayal as sidedish.

  12. Looks great. I make this differently and with rasam powder- though if I run out of rasam powder, I just add sambar powder! I boil the cooked dal with tomato,tamarind, salt, turmeric and the rasam powder. Sometimes I add the garlic when it is boiling so that the flavour gets in totally. Then I season it. If I want it thicker I add more dal.

  13. Thanks Chitra for leaving comments on my blog ...nice blog with nice southindian reicpes also...
    like sambar badda ..karela food now joined u :) if possible join mine also.

  14. Dear Chitra
    I feel good reading your comment , even if it is a fish dish . ( I have more vege dish in my blog than non vege :-)). I like this recipe , the hint of garlic and use of sambar powder! Let me see what all the recipes I have missed
    Have a nice week

  15. Glad to follow you Chitra! you share a lovely space. rasam looks perfect.

  16. Colourae kalkkal! I can drink this right from your kitchen!

  17. Rasam... anytime for me..love it.

  18. hi chitra, glad to know you. very appetizing and interesting dish. never seen this before-great to try out

  19. Yumm...yumm...I always love this rasam with some rice and appalam. That click makes me hungry now:)

  20. First time here, I followed your comment on my blog. You have a lovely space. Rasam with sambhar powder sounds unique, Love the yummy looking rasam in your picture.

  21. Mouthwatering rasam....my family is north indian but we just love all sothindian yummy dishes.

  22. My comforting food, can survive for many days with this fingerlicking rasam.

  23. Divya I love the new format; how did I miss so many of your posts? Rasam looks very tempting.

  24. wow delicious rasam chitra,craving for a glass of rasam now:)


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