Tomato-Garlic Rasam

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, October 04, 2009

I live in UAE, many of you know how is summer here. There is a change in the season now. Its getting better. As the season changes, comes the Seasonal Flu. My Son is due for his Flu shot next week.
At home i have started with what we call the Paati Vaithiyam (Grandma's Medicine).

This Tomato-Garlic Rasam is excellent to have when u have those cold symptoms. It brings great relief.
I dont say it substitutes your regular medicines, but definitely brings a great relief in those cranky/nagging/achy whatever!!!! time.

Works well with the kids tooo. Kids now-a-days are genereally picky eaters, and with those cold symptoms , no need to say at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is how i make it. I m sending this to Srivalli's Kids Delight

Tomatoes - 4 medium sized
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Ginger - 2 tsp
Green Chillie - 1no
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
coriander - 2 sprigs

Rasam Powder Ingredients
Pepper - 2 tsp
cumin - 21/2 tsp
dhaniya/coriander - 11/2 tsp
toor dal - 1 tsp
chana dal and moong dal - 1/2 tsp each

Ghee - 2 tsp (If you are calorie conscious you can use sunflower oil too)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
hing - a pinch

Grind them all together to a fine powder. No need to dry roast them.


Cube the tomatoes and Grind it to a fine paste withe other given ingredients. no need to add water while grinding. the tomatoes will take care of it.

Transfer the contents to another vessel and wash the mixie jar with a cup of water and take that too.

In a kadai, heat oil/ghee, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and add the tomato -garlic paste. Add rasam powder and salt.
Let it boil, Keep the flame low, If the rasam is very thick add another 1/2 cup of water.Let it boil for 10 minutes in low flame. Take it off the flame. Garnish with a dash of pepper powder and serve.

You can have it with Rice or just a soup.

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  1. Hot clear broth does wonders during winter. Nicely presented.

  2. This is a comfort food for us, Southerners, I guess whether one is sick or not. :)

  3. simply love you dry roast the spices for the Rasam powder?

  4. such an healthy and delicious comfort food :)

  5. Rasam, nei,hot rice and papadam - that's the ultimate comfort food.


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