Thuthuvalai is a herb which has many medicinal properties. Thuthuvalai rasam is easy to make and also very tasty. It is very effective in treating cold, cough, chest congestion, running nose, blocked nose, sinus problems and many other respiratory ailments.
Thuthuvalai leaves have thorns, so handle it carefully. We need a fistful of thuthuvalai leaves. Wash and keep it ready.
Soak a small gooseberry sized tamarind in a cup of hot water. Extract the juice and discard the pulp.
Heat a tsp of ghee and saute the leaves until they wilt. Turn off the heat and keep it aside.
In a blender, grind cumin seeds, pepper and garlic coarsely.
Then add the sauteed leaves and blitz again.
In a vessel, add 1 cup of tamarind extract. Then add finely chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt, sambar powder, ground paste and curry leaves.
Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let it boil on low heat for 10 minutes. The raw smell of the tamarind will go, by this time.
Then add 1 1/2 cups of water. Once forth starts to form on the surface, turn off the heat.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Heat a tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When it splutters, add the seasoning to the rasam.
Thuthuvalai rasam is ready.
Enjoy thuthuvalai rasam with hot rice topped with a tsp of ghee or have it as a soup.