Garlic Rasam

Rasam refers to South Indian soup. As we all say that soup is very good for health, any type of rasam is also good for health. Rasam is the day to day recipe in my home. My husband who was not used to eat rasam and not a big fan of it, became a regular eater after wedding. Nowadays he started liking it and appreciating it. Garlic rasam is one of the South Indian soups that is spicy, tangy with a lot of health benefits. The combination of garlic, pepper and Cumin seeds makes it more beneficial. It is very good for digestion and common cold.  Garlic is a natural antibiotic, blood cleanser and helps in lowering blood pressure. Pepper gives flavour and is good for throat. It can be consumed on normal days also.

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INGREDIENTS

Tamarind – lemon size

Salt- To taste

Turmeric powder – A pinch

Coriander leaves – few

To grind

Garlic cloves – 11

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Toor dhal – 1tbsp

Pepper – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

For Seasoning

Oil –  1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Garlic cloves – 5

  • Boil the tamarind in water and extract juice from it.
  • In a kadai, add oil and fry the ingredients given under to grind. Allow it to cool and grind it with some water into a smooth paste.
  • In a kadai add oil and temper mustard seeds. Once they crack, add cumin seeds and fry for 30 seconds. Then add garlic cloves and fry till light brown.
  • To this add the extracted tamarind juice. Add salt, turmeric powder and allow it to boil.
  • Add the ground paste, required quanity of water and boil.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with hot rice.

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