Friday, December 20, 2013

Garlic Rasam

I prepare this rasam at least once in a week. It can be had with hot rice topped with ghee or as an appetizer. It is very good for common cold, sore throat, loss of appetite and fever. When someone suffers from any of the above symptoms in my house, then this rasam will definitely make an appearance in our table. Garlic has been used for its beneficial effects for thousands of years. It is said to be a natural antibiotic and a blood cleanser. It helps in lowering blood pressure. Black pepper also has many medicinal benefits, apart from giving taste and flavor to the dishes. It is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of iron, vitamin K, and a good source of dietary fiber. This Simple Garlic Rasam, a combination of garlic and pepper has many medicinal benefits. It is a good home remedy for common cold, sore throat and fever. This can be had even on normal days. It can be prepared in a jiffy and taste delicious. Today we will learn how to make garlic rasam (poondu rasam) following this simple recipe.

garlic rasam-poondu rasam

How to make Garlic (poondu) Rasam 

Garlic Rasam-Poondu Rasam

Garlic rasam-poondu rasam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 3 cups of rasam
 Recipe CategoryRasam-Soup
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian Tamil Brahmin

   Ingredients needed

   Tamarind- small gooseberry size ball (10 grams)
   Garlic -5-6 cloves peeled and 1 crushed
   Tomato -1-2 chopped (medium size)
   Salt as required

   For grinding

   Whole black pepper -1 tsp
   Cumin seeds -1 tsp
   Tur dal -1 tsp
   Garlic -1 clove (optional)

   For the seasoning

   Ghee -1 tsp
   Mustard -1/2 tsp
   Cumin/jeera seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Curry leaves - few

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - finely chopped


Poondu rasam-Garlic Rasam
Preparation

Soak tamarind in hot water for 15-20 minutes. Extract 1 cup of tamarind juice and discard the pulp.

Dry grind whole black pepper (milagu), cumin seeds, tur dal and 1 garlic clove (added just to give more flavor to the rasam) for a few seconds. It should be slightly coarse.

Method

Take tamarind extract (about 1 cup), add chopped tomatoes, salt, curry leaves, whole peeled garlic,1 crushed garlic and the coarsely ground powder.

Boil over low flame until it reduces a little and the raw smell of the tamarind goes.

Then add 1 1/2-1 3/4 cup of water. When you see froth forming on the surface, switch off the gas. Do not boil the rasam as it will not taste good.

Heat a tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds, jeera seeds, when it sizzles, add curry leaves and pour it over the rasam.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with hot steamed rice or have it as a soup. This rasam is very comforting, has medicinal properties and gives relief from common cold.

Note- I have used old tamarind. Naatu poondu gives more flavor to the rasam, though you can use china poondu also.

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Mysore Rasam 

Paruppu Rasam 

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68 comments:

  1. rasam looks absolutely delicious....soothing...and nice presentation as usual dear..you rock!

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  2. WOW! your presentation really looks cute!

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  3. I like those creative blinking eyes of garlic and that hut made of spices. Lovely presentation.

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  4. Fab presentation dear.. Garlic rasam is always my fav.. Looks real yum!

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  5. I'm glad to see I don't have to be sick to enjoy this - I love garlic so much!

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  6. Oh I love Rasam but mostly make tomato rasam. your garlic rasam looks perfect.

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  7. Dear Padhu, we all love garlic rasam in my family. I will try ur version one of these days. I loved the way u have put eyes on the garlic. So very well presented.

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  8. Another beautiful presentation!! such a flavorful Rasam! Gr8...
    Renuka
    http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

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  9. wow padhu rasam luks very tempting...nice recipe n superb presentation as usual

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  10. I understand how aromatic this Rasam would have been... I love the presentation looks cute!!!

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  11. As usual a very lovely presentation and the garlic rasam looks yummm...

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  12. Heey wow.. tempting rasam!!.. and cuuute presentation!!.. lovely:).. cute carvings!

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  13. Hello :) Love your presentation:)quite a coincidence cos I have been looking for a rassam recipe and even have been eyeing rassam powder packets at the supermarket, so thanks for the recipe :)

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  14. Garlic rasam looks so delicious and yummy! would love to sip at it for dinner in this cold. lovely presentation as usual (specially with the garlic eyes :D)

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  15. Garlic rasam is my favorite...I make it very often...love your presentation ...looks very good :)

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  16. Wow that's a nice rasam. Rasam is my favourite and i make it whenever possible. My husband gulps it like soup.

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  17. Such a cute presentation,i love rasam and garlic flavoured is really the best i can say,...

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  18. wow its look like soup. i need to drink two classes. good and healthy food.

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  19. my fav.rasam.I make it in a different way.This also sounds easy.Will try this next time.
    cute pictures

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  20. I love rasam very much. Thanks for this lovely recipe. You have presented very nicely with tempting picture.

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  21. This is my fav..Garlic with eyes looks so adorable...
    Thank u so much for ur wishes dear

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  23. I love those eyes! Pretty rasam bowl!

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  24. Padhu,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment..am so sorry for the dealy in coming back but work has been crazy this last few days! You have a lovely blog yourself..have added you to my 'to be regularly visited' list.. Keep up the good work!

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  25. lovely rasam and well presented..

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  26. Hello Mr & Mrs Garlic...lol...you have such good curry recipes , thank you for sharing.

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  27. Padhu..you have a lovely space out here and i loved your presentation skills. Gr8 work!

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  28. Wow Padhu so cute presentation, rasam looks comforting, regarding ur q'n about valentines day event, no probs if u cant able to post to logo, do send ur entries, can see even tomatoes as heart shaped here, do send this entry too...thanks in advance dear..

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  29. garlic rassam looks warming and comforting!!! love those garlic heads too :):)

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  30. Cute and lovely presentation...Rasam sounds yummy and healthy...

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  31. Love the way your garlics are looking at me...ao create padhu! I love this healthy rasam!

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  33. Your garlic soup looks and sounds so healthy and comforting! As always, your presentation looks so lovely, I'm very impressed:)

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  34. I love rasams.I can drink glassfulls of them :-)
    Thanx fr sharing
    Great presentation

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  35. love the garlic flavor in anything, this will be perfect to have with hot rice

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  36. The garlic and rasam combo sounds awesome...my mouth is watering !

    Simi
    itsallaboutfood.worpress.com

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  37. You have a nice space here.Very creativeGarlic rasam is one of our favorites.

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  40. love the presentation...nice for this cold weather...too good..

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  41. Padhu,

    Garlic rasam looks good. Presentation is nice as always. You rocks

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  42. Thnks for visiting my blog.....and ur lovely comment...followng u...U had very nice space....love ur posts....Wll visit....

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  43. Garlic soup looks awesome..love the presantation..

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  44. Garlic is sooo good, and apparently, also very cute :)

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  45. Rocking performance

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  46. you say mustard what is that. mustard seed, ground mustard, wet sandwich mustard or what??? i need help. thank you.

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  47. Yesterday,we tried this garlic rasam & pudalangai kootu recipe and both turned out well.Really,i don't know how to say in words to describe the taste of this rasam,i can say that this is the best and tasty rasam i have had in my life,such a very simple recipe but has got a divine taste in it.we feel like having it often and going to make for sure.Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe and your garlic rasam presentation is super.

    Ravi

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  48. Such a beautiful presentation..

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  49. Hi Padhu, Lovely recipe especially for garlic-lovers like me. Btw, did you intentionally leave out hing which is generally added to all kinds of rasam? Coriander leaves also. This could have been an omission. Hope you don't get me wrong. It is a wonderful recipe, so saying this to make it perfect. Let me know about asoefetida. Thanks. Rema :)

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  50. I have added and also mentioned to garnish with coriander leaves. Usually I do not add hing/asafoetida to garlic rasam but if you prefer you can add it. Thanks for liking the recipe.

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  51. Replies
    1. No, not necessary. Just add the coarsely ground powder.

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  52. Hey Padhu I tried your recipe out and it turned out really well. Really simple too! Thank you :)

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  53. Hi I tried this recipe and it came out very well. I made a few alterations though
    - I added more garlic than suggested here. i added about 5 cloves while grinding instead of one and about 8 raw ones to the rasam.
    - I also added some boiled turn dal as I find it enhances the rasam taste.

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  54. I tried this today. It was too good and very easy to make.

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  55. Looks yum and apt for rainy weather and cold and cough. Tried it hope all like it.

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  56. Tried this today. It was awesome. Thank you :)

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  57. Rasam came out well..Thank u Padhu...

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