Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pepper Rasam (Pepper Soup) [RECIPE]

Enjoy this potent south Indian delicacy with the goodness of pepper and garlic! Perfect to lift your spirits up when you are feeling a little down with cold!
Ingredients:
  • 3.5 cups ........... water
  • 1  ..................... medium sized tomato
  • 1.5 tsp .............. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp ................. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ................. rasam powder 
  • 7-8 ................... garlic cloves (crushed or chopped)
  • lemon sized ....... tamarind ball
  • salt to taste
For tempering
  • 1/2 tsp .............. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ................. oil
  • 2 ....................... dried button red chili
  • a few ................ curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp .............. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ................. rasam powder 
  • 1/2 tsp .............. asafoetida (hing)
Method:
  • Soak tamarind in water for 10-15 mins. Strain and keep the juice aside.
  • In a large sauce pot, boil water. 
  • Once the water starts boiling, add pepper powder, cumin powder, rasam powder, garlic cloves, tamarind juice and salt.
  • Chop the tomato into small pieces and add to the boiling mixture.
  • Cook this mixture on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Now prepare the tempering. Heat oil and add all the tempering ingredients. Once the seeds splutter, pour it over the mixture.
  • Now cook it further for 5 minutes. You know the rasam is ready when the mixture has reduced to about 2 cups.
  • Serve hot!