Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Spicy Tomato Soup(Rasam)


Spicy Tomato Soup(Rasam)

Rasam is another Spicy South India Soup. Usually consumed in the second course of a heavy lunch. In a typical three course South Indian lunch , rice is served with a curry and sambhar in the first course. In the second course Rasam is served with rice and the last course is fresh home made yogurt with rice. I just love south Indian food,totally satisfying and filling.

Ingredients you'll need are
2 big Plum tomatoes
1 small onion
2 Garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon Chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon Rasam powder(Easily spotted in an Indian Store)
1/2 teaspoon salt
For Tadka(Tempering)
1/2 teaspoon mustard and cumin seeds
2 Dry red chillies
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

To make this Second course Soup
Add 2 cup of water in a pot along with the ingredients besides tadka ingredients. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain in a bowl and return the soup in the pot. Simmer for another 5 minutes .Prepare the tadka(just like we did for sambhar) ,pour it in the soup. Serve with rice, rice and only rice.

Health Nut Note
Eating too much starchy white rice is not a part of healthy diet. Its important to control your portion of rice . Instead of using just white rice ,try mixing some brown rice.

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