Saturday, December 17, 2016

Poondu Thakkali Rasam/Garlic Tomato Rasam

Its always back to the basic once we return home after holidaying, Basic meaning nothing is more satisfying than some good old fashion comfort food. Obviously not from afar, but food whipped up by yours truly despite coping with loads of washing clothes and tiding up the house. In our house, generally, comfort food has to be rice generously drenched with rasam/Indian pepper soup (Pineapple Rasam & Nandu/Crabs Legs Rasam), paired alongside a potato dish (Chilli Stir Fried Potatoes) and a veggie dish (Beetroot Raita) regardless of the fact that rasam can be eaten with literally many other dishes (Sardine Varuval, Sardine Rendang & Mutton Yogurt Mint) in all instances. Of course, whether you have decided on a wholesome full course vegetarian meal (Aloo Gobi, Purple Cabbage Stir Fried, Long Beans Turmeric & Spinach Tofu) or you wanna include mutton, chicken or whatever not veg (Sambal Telur/Egg Sambal, Taucu Steamed Fish, Egg Tofu Soy Sauce & Pompret/Bawal Ginger).

Rasam without a doubt is a magical soup. I am not sure if you are agreeing, for us, it is utterly. In fact, any meal, all the time, is a good loving moment to rasam. I think I have already spoken about it before, and I sincerely think sometimes I do repeat myself like a parrot. Suppose its one of those things you can't avoid when age catches up. Mind you, me not a sweet tinkle bell anymore, but trust me, I am loving every minute of my fifties. Maybe memory failure is one of those unfavourable. Then again, I think memory lapse does happens across the board as well. Even youngsters these days, either they are so stressed up until they can't remember things, or its just their don't care less attitude.

Whatever it is with them, for me personally, rasam by far, can't be forgotten. This latest version, believe me, is not the same as the previous ones. I definitely can vouch, I may experience memory lapse every now and then, but when it comes to my recipes, I know what I am talking about. (Pepper Garlic Rasam, Rasam With Home Made Rasam PowderCoriander Leaves Rasam & Egg Rasam). Poondu Thakkali Rasam/Garlic Tomato Rasam definitely will not require your strength in grinding or pounding, lets say its, instead, is the spice powder mixture version without compromising on the loved aromatic, tangy and tadbit of spiciness tastes. What else should I say? None no more, except do not limit rasam to only those dishes I have already listed (Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf, Kangkung Belacan, Chilli Chicken, Steamed Cod Fish, Fried Okra/Bendi, Carrot Poriyal, Chilli Mutton Fry & Chloe Masala). 

2 medium size plump tomatoes - chopped
10 smashed garlic (without skin)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Crushed black pepper - as needed
Some coriander leaves - sliced
Some curry leaves
Tamarind/assam juice - as needed
Salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Water - more or less 2 litres (or as you like)

Heat oil.
Add mustard seeds, garlic, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and tomato.
Stir and cook till mushy over low heat, just to bind the ingredients together.
Pour water, season with salt and tamarind juice.
Stir and let it heat through.
Do not over-boil, just heat through.
Off the heat and combine in black pepper, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
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  1. Looks lovely n heartwarming... I am very find of Rasam... the kamala restaurant chain here serve it with mini idly...yum...

  2. Looks delicious, healthy yet comforting!

  3. delicious.I love to take this with hot rice..

  4. looks so good .comforting and yummy rasam

  5. this rasam is a good combo with Parippu vada. Tempting Pic

  6. Wow perfect for the winter . Love it Nava

  7. Love the colourful treat! Have a wonderful week, dear! xoxo

  8. Slurpilicious. I love garlic in any form.

  9. I blend the tomatoes into paste while making this rasam.

  10. I have never ever tried making rasam .. m trying this for sure.. very yummy

  11. Priya @asmallbite
    Simple and always a comfort food.

  12. That's a wonderful combination of tomato and garlic! Really loving this!


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