Monday, August 17, 2015

Pineapple Rasam

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
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 tbps gingerly oil/or like you olive oil
Salt for taste

To make
Add 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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