Halwai May 28, 2022

Ingredients:

• 2 large ripe healthy Tomatoes
• 4 cups – water or top water of boiled dal (stock)
• 2 whole Red Chillies
• 1 stalk Curry leaves
• 1 tiny sprig Mint leaves
• 1 tiny sprig Coriander leaves
• 1-2 flakes garlic, grated
• 2-3 pinches clove-cinnamon powder
• 1/2 tsp – sambar masala
• 8-10 peppercorns
• 15 tsp – Cumin seeds
• 1/2 tsp – Mustard Seeds
• 2 pinches Asafoetida
• 1 marble sized ball of Jaggery or 1/2 tsp Sugar
• 1 small strip Tamarind
• 1 tbsp – Ghee or oil
• salt to taste

Method:

  1. Put whole tomatoes in boiling water, simmer for 3 minutes, keep aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat 1/4 tsp oil in a small pan, add pepper corns and 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  3. Roast till aromatic, grind in a mortar or under a stone till powdered. Keep aside.
  4. Remove tomatoes from water, peel away the broken skin.
  5. Grate or mash till fine.
  6. To the thick pulp, add roasted whole chillies, all leaves, all masalas, salt, tamarind, jaggery and mash well either with hand or with a hand blender.
  7. The ingredients should have blended well into the pulp.
  8. Take in a deep pan, add stock or water.
  9. Heat ghee in a small pan, add mustard and remaining cumin seeds, asafoetida and allow to splutter.
  10. Add garlic and stir, add carefully to the rasam.
  11. Bring to a boil, check spices and salt and adjust.
  12. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Keep aside covered for 10 minutes before serving.
  13. Serve hot as a soup or with steaming hot plain rice and papads.

Recipe courtesy of Saroj Kering