Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tomato Saaru or Tomato Rasam

Today the weather seems to be little cold and cloudy, it is sort of a dull day! So I thought of making Saaru(rasam), hot rasam with palya(curry) and papad sounds great and anyways Saaru is always a hit in my house, my kids love it. But today I thought of making my mother in law's recipe, which is very tasty. So here goes the recipe.

Serves 3-4 people

1/2 cup of Thoor Dhal
4 very riped tomatoes
1/2 Red onion
1/4 bunch of coriander leaves
1/4 cup of coconut powder
1 tsp of jaggery
2-3 spoons of Rasam powder(Or according to taste)
Salt according to taste
1 spoon of ghee
mustard seeds
A pinch of hing/asafoteda
Few curry leaves

Pressure cook thoor dhal and keep it aside.
Chop tomatoes and onion roughly. Grind tomatoes,onion,rasam powder,jaggery,coriander leaves,coconut into a smooth paste. There is no need to add water while grinding.

Put the grounded paste into a vessel and add 1-2 cups of water and salt and bring it to boil. When it starts to boil, churn thoor dhal with the potato masher nicely and add to the rasam and boil further for 5 mins. Add some water if the rasam is too thick. Now while the rasam is boiling heat ghee in a small pan, and add mustard seeds and when they pop up add hing/asafoteda and curry leaves and add this to rasam.

Take out of the heat and serve hot with hot rice and papad,palya(curry) and enjoy!

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