Mookadalai Rasam / Kala Chana Rasam – Earthly Flavor!

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Small Brown Garbanzos Rasam: Have you ever tried this way…after done cooking the legumes like garbanzos or kidney beans, used the legumes cooked water in other recipes? One of the famous infusion…where I come from is Mookadalai Rasam. Back home, they precisely use small brown garbanzos for this recipe. It sure adds a distinct flavor [...]

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Cherry Tomato Rasam – Garden Fresh!

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Thakkali Rasam: Other Names: Cherry Tomato Rasam. Paruppu Rasam. Muzhu Paruppu-Muzhu Thakkali Rasam. One of our friend popped in on the other day…brought his bounty of harvest. It was so refreshing to see something fresh from the backyard. I always relish cherry tomatoes fresh or toss them in the salads. I felt somewhat unethical to [...]

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Madhulai Rasam – Sweet and Light!

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Pomegranate Rasam : Whenever I find sour fruits in the market, I instantly think of turning them into ‘rasam’. A simple touch of fruits makes this humble rasam, even more comforting! And there is absolutely no disputes at the dinner table…how about that! So, here you go…my take on ‘Madhulai Rasam’. Ingredients:  Pomogranate fruit – [...]

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Kottu Rasam / Gramathu Araithuvitta Rasam – A True Soul Food!

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Country Style Tamarind Rasam: Other Names: Puli Rasam, Thaalikaadha Rasam. I wondered why many people from villages / small towns kept longing for their country style rasam – a comfort food! And what would be the possible big difference in a simple recipe? Why would they call it unique? The answer lies in the fresh [...]

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Fresh Green Peppercorn’s Soup / Pacha Milagu Rasam

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Pacha Milagu Puli Rasam: Ingredients: Thick tamarind paste 1-2 spoons(diluted with enough water)Fresh green peppercorns 2 springsGarlic with skin 8-10 cloves -semi crushedDry red chilies 5-8 torn into flakesCurry leaves fewRasam powder 1-2 spoonsTurmeric powder 1/4 spoonSaltMustard seeds 1 spoonCumin seeds 1/2 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonOil few spoons. Method: Heat oil in a vessel, add tempering [...]

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Tamarind Rasam – Counter Top

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Pacha Puli Pulusu: Counter-top Rasam. Tangy Tamarind Rasam, Imli ka Ras. Hot-Sour cold Soup!:)Plain Rasam. Thaalikaadha Rasam/Kodhi-vidaadha Rasam…ha ha what else can I name it!! Okay my friend, Kranti corrected me just now…it is called as ‘Pachi Pulusu’ in Telugu!!:) When I was in Andhra Pradesh(Hyderabad)…my culinary expedition took different dimension! I got introduced to [...]

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Tomato Coconut Rasam

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Thakkali Thengai Rasam: Arathu Vitta Rasam. Tomato Rasam, Tomato-Coconut Rasam. Busy, Rainy day menu! Arathu vitta Rasam and Spicy fried food! Nothing much to talk about it….simple entry! Ingredients: Country Tomatoes 5 Garlic 1 whole headDry chilies 6Peppercorns 1/2 spoonCumin /2 spoonCurry leaves fewSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonCoconut grated 6-10 spoonsMustard 1/4 spoonCumin 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonCurry [...]

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Rasam Idly

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Rasam Idly: This is my friend Balaji’s favourite dish. When we were studying in Hyderabad. Soon after the class….myself and Balaji used to have brunch at this small cafeteria. Our usuals would be pessarattu, vadai and irania chai. So….we never bothered to try anything new. One fine day…..we happen to stop at this place at [...]

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Orange Rasam

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Orange Lemon Soup: Orange-Lemon Rasam. Orange-Neembakai Saaru. Lemons and Oranges are rich in Vitamin-C. Most of vitamins lie only close to the skin and on the skin. The lethery rind(jacket)is also loaded with essential oils! Since some of the vitamins are oil soluble and to make use of those essential oils….its good to cook them [...]

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Murungai Keerai Rasam

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Murungai Keerai Rasam: Drumstick greens soup. Moringa leaves soup. Murungai keerai soup. Ingredients: Moringa Greens 1 cup Dry red chilies 5 Garlic 1 whole head with skin crushed Tamarind water 1 cup Tomatoes 1(optional) Salt Turmric powder 1/4 spoon Rasam powder 1 spoon Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon Peppercorns 1/4 spoon Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon Asafoetida [...]

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