Tuesday

Lemon Pepper Rasam / Soup

Tempered lemon-water simmered with peppery spice !


LemonPepperRasam (2)
Rasam, the name itself makes mouth water!! I just love the rasams so much that I can easily devour 3 – 4 bowls of this hot steaming soup or consommé rather, which is made up of lemon and ground pepper. With the cold winters and occasional round of cough,colds,flu season, this is the best thing one can ask for relief from sore throat. Its healthy, nutritious, has lot of medicinal value and the best appetizer drink I go for, anytime I visit a South Indian restaurant.(not that often since I prepare at home !)
This is one of the specialty of the south Indian cuisines and is known by different names in different states. A regular in southern cuisine, mostly Tamil, it is one of my favorites and had mentioned earlier about my link to tamil cuisine. There many different varieties of rasam and can be served with white rice or just have it as a soup.

Ingredients:
2 – 3 lemons
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
7 - 8 curry leaves
1/4 tsp asafetida
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
cilantro for garnish
Grind
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns (reduce for less spiciness)
2 dry red chilies
2 tsp chana dal (yellow split peas)

Preparation Method:
1. Squeeze the lemon juice and combine it with 6 - 8 cups of water.(use more or less based on tanginess/spiciness)
2. Dry roast the ingredients mentioned and grind them to a fine powder.
3. For tempering, heat oil in a vessel, add mustard seeds and as they pop add the curry leaves, asafetida. Immediately add the lemon-water and bring it to boil.
4. Add in the ground powder, salt and let it simmer for 5 –10 mins
5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with steaming hot rice or have it as a soup and is also a good base for some lemon-pepper noddles/pasta. 


LemonPepperRasam


Preparation Time: 15 mins
Serves: 2 - 4


Note: Use 3 lemons if they are small and less juicy, otherwise 2 are good enough 
This recipe had been really spicy and would suggest to make less use of pepper if one is preparing it for the first time or never had rasam before.

18 comments:

Palidor said...

That looks really tasty. I've never made rasams at home, but I should give it a try. You're right that they're perfect for cold winter nights.

Priya said...

Real comforting food..lovely combination, prefect for cold winter..

kothiyavunu said...

Comfort Healthy & yum.Perfect for weather.

tasteofbeirut said...

What an interesting recipe! I can't wait to try it! I am not familiar with South Indian food, but very interested!

Sarah Naveen said...

That looks fabulously yummy..Perfect with rice..ooh!!!!

Tina said...

So yummy and healthy recipe.

Sushma Mallya said...

Hot hot rasam in this cold weather is just perfect.....looks very delicious sharada...

Deepa G Joshi said...

tssssssssss..it looks so tempting..I am sure the pepper will help beat the colds..yummyyy..

jeyashrisuresh said...

new way of making lemon rasam.adding pepper will be very comfortable.nice recipe

Joanne said...

Even though yellow dishes are visually unappealing to some people, I have to say they make my mouth water. This looks delicious!

prasu said...

wow.........rasam looks soo tempting dear....nice click....love ur clicks.

SE(Denufood) said...

Hey All..thanks for the wonderful comments..do try this..it was really tasty, but just a precaution about using peppers..might want to reduce it to 1/2 tsp if making/having for the first time..

Silpa said...

rasam looks so tempting. nice click

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Comfort food for having in this cold weather. Nice & delicious.

Ankita said...

My family loves piping hot rasam.Your looks tempting and the recipe looks easy too.Will surely give it a try.

s said...

it looks just PERFECT! and just so flavoursome

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey this soup is just perfect for winter...

Spice said...

never tried lemon rasam before...looks interesting flavours...

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