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Methi Rassa(Rasam) / Tomato - Fenugreek Seeds Gravy

     Recipe: Tempered tomato puree simmered with methi/fenugreek spice !!


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    I must tell, back in Pune, aunty really pampered us with some unique recipes. I googled to find if at all there was a methi rassa recipe on the internet and couldn’t find one, of course with the languages that I know of. Many of my blogger friends, experts in Tamil cuisine will find it very similar to Vendhaya kulambu. Yes, because aunt’s cooking was very much into Tamil cuisine and since we all conversed in Hindi, all those names of the dishes were hindified ???... Very similar to my earlier posting of dhania rassa, this one has few changes with tempering as well as the spice mix. 
     Fenugreek relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. Having a warm effect on body, fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion. With so much of cold and the double onslaught of the snow storm in our region already buried under 3 ft of snow, all I had to was to prepare this methi curry to go with a piping hot rice.A perfect entry for the CWS-Fenugreek Seeds started by Priya and hosted here at Denufood.
     This picture from the weekend’s winter storm, hardly did we clear the snow and as I write, there is another storm bringing in more than 2 ft of snow. In situations like this, the good old Serenity Prayer is what to be reminded of !!!!
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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Back to the recipe, here is what you need to warm yourself with a healthy and delicious curry !

Ingredients:
3 –4 medium tomatoes OR 2 –3 cups of tomato puree
1/2 in ginger
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
Tempering:
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
5 –6 curry leaves
pinch of asafetida

Roast with 1/8 tsp of oil and powder
1 tbsp methi/fenugreek seeds
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp toor dal/pigeon peas

Preparation Method:
1. Blend tomatoes and ginger with enough water to make a puree.
2. In a deep vessel, heat oil, add mustard seeds. As they splutter, add curry leaves and asafetida.
3. Immediately add the tomato puree, chili powder, salt and the spice mix.
4. Bring it to boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes on medium flame.
5. Serve with hot plain rice, have it as a soup or use it as a sauce for pasta or a sauce base for other dishes !!

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Servves: 2 – 3

28 comments:

Tina said...

Healthy and delicious rasam...

Asha said...

Very different spices combo, Rasam looks wonderful, great color.

Nithu Bala said...

Very new recipe..healthy too..great click Dear :-)

Preeti Kashyap said...

this is new type of rasam to me...shd try it! nice click!

Rachana Kothari said...

mmm the rasam looks so mouthwatering!!!!

Nostalgia said...

Lovely rasam.. awesome for for the weather for sure.

kitchen queen said...

nice and appetising rasam.

Cham said...

Blast with the storm I guess, Methi kuzhambu is common in Tamilian home but rasam sounds good too!

simply.food said...

lovely and healthy.

Priya said...

Same pinch, even i prepared rasam with sprouted methi seeds, on the way to ur inbox..this rasam sounds too awesome..

Sheetal Kiran said...

That serenity prayer is just what I need to keep my hyper-self serene. (You would think a name like Sheetal would help, but it doesn't!) The rasam looks so delicious, wouldn't mind slurping it allll in while looking at those snow-laden trees outside, after all :)

Padma said...

Healthy and delicious rasam. Would have tasted great in that cold weather right.

tasteofbeirut said...

Just the color of that dish is enough to cheer me up!

PJ said...

such lovely colors and a very warm and comforting rasam! I would love to sip on it in these wintry days.

Joanne said...

Mmmm does this ever look hearty! What a gorgeous color.

shahana said...

This healthy rasam is perfect for this weather!!!

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow, nice use of methi in rasam especially for this harsh weather..the click makes it more tempting..steaming hot...slurp slurp..

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Hmmm! Very tempting!!

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Sushma Mallya said...

Rasam has got a lovely colour,and sounds great too,perfect one for white rice..

jeyashrisuresh said...

rasam with a nice combo of spice mix,makes me ffel hungry.nice idea

Subhashini said...

Thanks alot for your encouraging words SE.It is the path shown by you and I am on the way.
Love Subhashini

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Different & wonderful recipe! Perfect for chilli weather!!

Rohini said...

Simply yum dear.. Perfect for this weather, isnt it? Lovely words too!
Btw, I just went through all ur earlier posts too, all of them are awesome, esp Methi dal! keep rocking gal!

SE said...

thank you all for stopping by..do try this recipe !

Ankita said...

Loved the color of rasam...Methi with tomato surely will make a flavourful combo.

Siddhi S said...

wow this rasan luks very tempting Se, loved the way u used fenugreek spice...

AdukalaVishesham said...

nice... perfect for cold weather... either with rice or just as a drink...

Pari said...

Nice rasam SE, thanks for sharing I have bookmarked.

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