Monday, August 17, 2015

Pineapple Rasam

Its a fact that home cooked meals are healthier, cheaper and must be appreciated by our family members. Then again, all in the name of success, specifically quest for money, fanned famed and pressure of the society for money excelling, we are compromising "in-house" meals for eating out. Whatever we are chasing after, on the other hand, whoever is saying that cooking is easy is an idiot as well. It is not, mind you. Firstly, as I have donkey times repeated, it starts with marketing, then, planning the menu considering what each family member will eat or throw tantrum or sulk, kids these days are hell and heaven when it comes to food. And then, imagine what it is like cooking in our hot, tiny kitchen? So, listen, especially to food bloggers who share recipes, stop it. Stop short changing or cheating or camouflaging your life by openly professing that cooking is easy. It is not for me though. At least I am honest. A pat on my shoulder for honestly. 

However, regardless, since I work from home, I don't compromise on simple home meals. It still begins with the same routine. Marketing, menu planning, sweat dripping and because eating out does not do good once age catches up due to our weaker immune system, I cook. Nothing special, nothing over the top and nothing like Michelin star dishes. Just basic dishes. Always and forever a favourite is Rasam (Pepper Garlic Rasam) and rasam can be paired alongside endless side dishes (Asam Fish Chilli Dip, Turmeric Fish Oyster Sauce, Mutton Rendang, Topioca Poriyal, Thai Massaman Lamb & Curry Leaves Potato Chips). Spicy dishes are excellency, and mind you, rasam can be made in bulk and stretch for the next few days. However, I am not sure if this Pineapple Rasam can be regarded as the easy way out rasam. For me it is because instead of buying a whole fresh pineapple, I opt for canned pineapple. Time saving. Oh, please, stop advising me which is better, its my choice.

Pineapple Rasam is definitely a twist to our Classic Rasam or Instant Rasam. Whether you made an authentic rasam and easily put together rasam, it all begins with  black pepper, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, tamarind juice and curry leaves. Pretty much the common ingredients I would say for any rasam, for this pineapple rasam, tasting and balancing the tartness and sharpness of the pineapple is crucial. In other words, taste and balance up the tastes. As I have already said, Pineapple Rasam too is simply diviners for many of the side dishes you make (Sardine VaruvalRosemary Tomato Rice, Pea Shoots Chilli, Thai Style Fried Chicken, Indian Fish Pickle, Chilli Potato & Fried Brinjal Spicy Sauce). 

1 cup pineapple cubes (fresh or can)
1 tsp black pepper seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 shallots – remove skin
6 garlic – remove skin
½ tomato
3 sprigs curry leaves
1 inch fresh turmeric/or 1 tsp turmeric powder
** pulse/blend these ingredients with 1 ½ cup of water for a thick puree

Other ingredients
Some tamarind juice/or lime juice
2 tbsp gingerly oil/or any other oil
Salt for taste

To make
Add blended puree in a pot.
Simmer and pour more water for a diluted version.
Add tamarind juice and season with salt.

Stir, off the heat and combine in 2 tbps gingerly oil
Pineapple rasam is ready. 
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  1. Loved your thought, eat well and eat as a family. Had a smile reading the story as many of us I am sure has been in similar situation as you. Mine after all these years still harp my "Mom is the finest cook in the world" and I have accepted this because of the truly wonderful mum-in-law I am blessed with. The pineapple Rasam looks very yummy. I love your eye for every little detail. This post is a total delight for Rasam lovers like me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pineapple with tamarind rasam so delectable , You did it with authentic touch.

  3. Rasam with pineapple is an innovative idea....during courting years guys tell lot of things but the reality is different

  4. I love pineapple and I can imagine how flavorful and yumm this rasam would taste...looks very tempting

  5. My favorite, Yours looks very tasty

  6. I know I'll love this one. Lovely presentation! I can understand your sentiments. I have come to the conclusion that most men remain unimpressed with what they get at matter how beautiful or delicious the food might be.:(

  7. I ve never tried adding garlic, in pineapple rasam. This version looks spicy.

  8. Tasty rasam, never had pineapple rasam before, would love to have some!

  9. pineapple rasam, really !! thats interesting

  10. This is indeed a different touch.. cant wait to try it.

  11. Men find all excuses to weigh our egos down. Ears falling apart he hee so true.
    Pineapple rasam now thats very impressive I love fruit based curries.

  12. fav rasam in that beautiful cup...That's only for me...:)

  13. I have heard a lot about rasam but never tasted!! Really wana have it :)

  14. This is not only healthy, also very tasty with simple everyday ingredients. I would drink the whole bowl!

  15. Wowww... Yesterday I bought pineapple chunks from store. This looks Inviting... Will surely try this..

  16. thx for ur lovely comments...always........this recipe...i have tasted at my friends house bt never tried u give me the chance.
    Great ur photography style.

  17. Pineapple rasam, wow delicious and tempting ...and tasty and tangy....The presentation too looks too good.

  18. I have pineapple at home and I love rasam, So I am going to try it tommrow.

  19. Pineapple rasam is awesome, we at home make once a month when i have fresh sweet pineapple at home. Tempting click too!


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