Compared to eating out, a simple meal at home is healthier, cheaper and appreciated by the family. After all, as far as I know, cooking is rare these days. Well, women are no longer in the kitchen but in the air-conditioned rooms making decisions. Actually I shouldn't assume it’s only the woman who cook. My guy friends cook as well. They like to cook whereas their wives won’t come close to the kitchen except to eat. Doesn't matter who cooks for the point is back to square one. Eat healthy and eat as a family.
In my house, I'm the chef. Of course during the courting years I was told that he can cook. Impressive. I thought I was one of the luckiest woman in the world. I was imagining that food will be cooked and I can eat. Then the reality bullet settled in. I cooked and he wasn't impressed. Whether I liked it or not, I had to listen about the sisters ever tasty fish curry, mutton curry, rasam and what not. Thank god mother in law has long left to heaven. Otherwise can you imagine why my ears would have dropped apart??
The momentum picked up and my cooking skills improved. A big relief because sisters are the best cooks fizzled out. Yet point taken that rasam is truly appreciated. So I've made the classic version followed by other versions (Pepper Garlic Rasam) though never ever have I made pineapple rasam and unheard off by many. That said, pineapple rasam/Indian pepper soup is a twist to the classic rasam. Classic is made with black pepper, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, tamarind juice and curry leaves. Pretty much the common ingredients I would say for any rasam. For pineapple rasam, tasting and balancing the tartness and sharpness of the fruit is essential.
1 cup pineapple cubes (fresh or can)
1 tsp black pepper seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 shallots – remove skin
6 garlic – remove skin
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
Some tamarind juice/or lime juice
2 tbps gingerly oil/or like you olive oil
Salt for taste
Add puree in a pot.
Simmer and pour more water for a diluted version.
Stir, off the heat and combine in 2 tbps gingerly oilnava-k's facebook page for other lifestyle reviews.