This is one of the most simplest dishes which is totally gratifying.......
So many ways to make the rasam, but this is the most easiest recipe!
As you can see I have made it in my Eeya Chombu.
What you need: (This is for 2 people)
A tiny ball (grape tomato size) of tamarindYou could use tamarind paste (about 1/4 teaspoon), but do not expect the rasam to be tasty :(
One medium sized tomato (chopped as desired)
1/4 cup of uncooked Tuvar Dal (pressure cooked till soft)
1 tsp of jeera
2 Green Chili (Optional)
1/2 tsp salt (more or less as needed)
1 tsp of rasam powder (in our house, it is the same as sambar powder but sambar and rasam taste completely different!!)
2 and 1/2 cups water
Dash of Hing
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Ghee or Oil ;
1/2 tsp Mustard;
1 Red chili
1 strand Curry leaves
2 strands Coriander Leaves
--->Cook the Tuvar dal with 1/2 cup water in the pressure cooker, you can add the turmeric powder to it.
--->Take 2 cups of water and soak the tamarind in it. Extract all the juice from it and filter the water. You can use your hand to filter and it is ok if some tamarind escapes(!) your hand and falls in to the pot!
--->Add the chopped tomatoes, jeera, Green Chili, salt, hing, rasam powder, turmeric powder.
I also add some coriander leaves and curry leaves (Chopped Finely) to the rasam at this point.
--->Let it all come to a boil. (medium high flame, keep watch, you don't want it to boil over)
--->Once it is all boiling, add the extra half cup of water, the cooked Dal,reduce the flame and let it again come to a boil.
--->Add oil or Ghee in a small kadai
--->Add the msutard seeds and once it sputters add the red chillies and pour over rasam
--->Add some coriander leaves for flavor to the rasam.
To serve, Mix rasam with hot rice and a dab of ghee and just enjoy!!