Friday, July 10, 2009

Radish and Tomato Rasam....My Style

After those scrumptous tarts, today I present my comfort food Rasam. I am no expert on rasam, rasam was hardly made in my house. I know it sounds way too off but coming from a gujarati family, the only south indian dishes familiar to me were idlis and dosas. My dad is a very big fan of rasam, there is a small Udipi restuarant near my dad's office where he is a frequent visitor. He often used to tell how he enjoyed sambhar and rasam there, though i think once my mom did try her hands on rasam but as a kid i seriously wasnt drawn into having it and now how i regret this! There can be nothing more satisfying than rasam with steaming rice ah....grrrrr I have learnt the hard way!!! Rasam now has become regular in my house, though i havent experimented much with it, until yesterday when i saw a big bunch of radish which i had bought to make some parathas and ended up making some delicious radish rasam. This rasam is quite easy and simple to make as i have used the ready made rasam powder here, you can also use the homemade one. The recipe below serves 4 but if you love it as i did it will serve only 2 :) Ingredients: 1 bunch of red radish, sliced, without greens 3 medium tomatoes finely chopped 1 lemon size taramind soaked in water 2 tsp oil 1 tsp cummin seeds 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tbsp rasam powder (I used MTR) 1 tsp sugar 8-10 curry leaves Salt to taste 2 1/2 cups of water 1 tsp lemon juice (optional) 2 tbsp chopped coriander
Procedure:
  • Heat oil in a pan, add in cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • As the seeds start to splutter add in sliced radish and tomatoes and saute for 2 mins.
  • Now add in the water, sugar, salt, rasam powder, tamarind and cumin powder.
  • Cook this mixture for 15 to 20 mins on slow medium heat.
  • The flavors need to be absorbed by radish and the masalas need to get cooked properly.
  • If you dont get desired tangyness than add a tsp of lemon juice but this is purely optional.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve immediately with rice.

57 comments:

  1. Radish in a rasam - how interesting! i only add to sambar.

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  2. WOW.. I cant make anything but Sambar with radish.. you made Rasam? thats innovative and recipe sounds new and interesting Dear.

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  3. Looks yummy and interesting. A totally different rasam on the whole.

    Take a look at the rasams in my blog when you feel like experimenting on them. Mom is a specialist in rasam. So she taught me a lot of varieties of it. :)

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  4. This looks beautiful and so healthy! I love radishes!

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  5. This is pretty new for me.....would love to try some...esp. when it is freaking cold here....
    Need a proper summer......

    Angie's Recipes

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  6. i can have it like a soup....have cooked sambar with radish n i think it is great in the rasam...

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  7. Very unique rasam Parita,now i know wat to do with radish otherthan making salads..nice color..

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  8. Looks delicious and interesting. Never tried adding radish to rasam.

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  9. Wow,the color looks sooo goood and radish in rasam thats new to me, but will like to try it your way.A new idea always welcome

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  10. Rasam is perfect Parita! I have never added radish to rasam yet. Sounds great :)

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  11. First time here parita!!U have a lovely blog with awesome pictures..Ive never heard abt Radish rasam.>Sounds interesting..

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  12. oh ya, rasam is such a comfort food no? esp with a dollop of ghee in the rice..heaven!I make radish sambar, but not radish rasam..this is gud!

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  13. Nice new rasam with radish..looks yummy

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  14. Radish rasam sounds very interesting. Never tried Radish in rasam. You're right, there's nothing like hot rasam n steaming rice! Topped with a huge dollop of ghee :)

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  15. I love radish especially in soup or stew type dishes. I'm going to have to try this. ;-)

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  16. Truly it the most lovable and satisfying comfort food known to me.addition of radish looks yum..worth experimenting parita.

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  17. radish in rasam is quite new to me... rasam is my all time fav!!!

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  18. wow what a healthy rasam. I never made a radish rasam. Yours looks so lovely.

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  19. addition of radish in rassam is new to me! Grt innovation!
    Great click Pari!

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  20. Wow!! Thats an interesting and yummy recipe!!

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  21. Wow - interesting dish... I love raddish in sambar - so I am sure this is a good combination...

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  22. I have recently become a fan of rasam. Great idea to use radish!

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  23. Wow love ur raddish rasam... never heard of it. looks delicious...

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  24. Rasam my comfort food too..but never tried rasam with raddish looks great Parita!

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  25. Hi Parita , Radish in a rasam intresting!!

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  26. I've never heard of this dish, but it sounds really comforting! Must really clear up the sinuses!

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  27. Hi parita, this is the first time im cing this combination rasam. will try it soon. thank for sharing dear.

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  28. Always enjoy learning about new foods through you, and they always look so appetizing!

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  29. what a nice picture parita...unusual rasam...never added radish to it anytime..will def try this out next time

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  30. hey parita,
    The Rasam tale was very nice :)
    I love Udupi restaurants too! They serve the best idli vada sambaar and chutneys :) actually they serve the best of M'lore traditional dishes :)
    Hmmm..As a kid I too was very fussy abt eating...would not touch rasam(being a south Indian!!) now over the years I've learnt the value it holds in a 'complete south Indian meal'I love it and it's the best sought during fever and cold!!!Now that u've made something so unthinkable ...rasam with raddish!!!!! try karke dekhna padega na?!! shall let u know how it turned out :)
    BTW...parita, looks like there's some problem to view ur main posts..from last evening I've tried to refresh the page several times but in vain(everything except the main post appears)..is it only for me or others to have the problem dear?do let me know if possible :)
    ENjoy
    tc

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  31. My love for Rasam is new found too. Radish in rasam sounds interesting.

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  32. wow, radish rasam is so tempting! you are so creative! I am sure going to try this out... :)

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  33. Sounds too good... looks delicious and very tempting... lovely snap dear!!

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  34. uduppi restaurents are my favorite ones.....this rasam is amazing Parii..that color is so temting...

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  35. We as Turkish people never make such a dish from radishes. We just use it in salads or we eat it plain near our main dishes. But this one looks so appealing to me. I'm sure I'll add more lemon juice as I love to taste that tangy flavor. Thanks for this recipe that is new to me.

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  36. This rasma is so different.I'm a rasam lover and will try this soon.

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  37. This is some comfort food esp on a rainy day:o We make rasam on a daily basis given that I am a South Indian but never out Radish.Will give it a try:)

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  38. Wow radishes in rasam...I've got to try that...looks so comforting dear :)

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  39. Radish in rasam, very interesting. looks so lovely and yummy. Nice click. Pic looks so tempting.

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  40. lovely rasam.. total comfort food.. my mom makes radish rasam. and i love it.

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  41. rasam with radish sounds good..good one Parita..

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  42. Awesome! Looks delicious!!

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  43. Parita, thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog. It is a pleasure to discover yours and I look forward to exploring and visiting.

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  44. This is new to me as well. Sounds very interesting.

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  45. Ohhhh, such a gorgeous, comforting, flavorful dish indeed! I can just imagine how delicious a big bowl-full with some rice would be... :-)

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  46. this is a very interesting recipe .. I add radish only in sambar

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  47. parita ....rasam looks so spicy and tempting....we don't make rasam...but it is looking very inviting....

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  48. I love south indian food and sambhar is a regular in my house. I have not made rasam ever because my husband and mother in law do not like the tangyness.
    I generally add all kind of vegetables in the sambhar because I feel I am doing the mommy bit by adding veggies to my kids' diet.
    Your pics as always are delicious.

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  49. Looks yummy! Liked the idea of adding radish in rasam.

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  50. Looks so spicy & delicious ... & adding radish is a new idea ...

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  51. What a lovely dish! My hubby loves radishes and would really enjoy it!

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  52. This really looks delicious !!! Earlier when I was staying in Bangalore, I never tried much Rasam.. but yah, nowadays I have it quite often.. and I love it !! :-)

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  53. radish in rasam is entirely new to me

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  54. very much interesting.
    i love it.

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  55. Hmm...Yummy rasam..I like too very much.........

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