Saturday, February 19, 2011

Paruppu rasam/ Dhal rasam

               Paruppu rasam used to be one of my favorites when I was a kid. My friend's mom used to make this rasam and we used to eat the food with vathal(papadum).

Serves up to 2-3 people
Preparation time: 30 minutes


1/4 cup of cooked toor dhal
1 tomato 
pinch of turmeric
1 cup of tamarind water

1 tsp of cumin powder
1 tbsp of rasam powder
1/2 tsp of freshly ground pepper
1 broken red chilly
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of mustard
2 crushed garlic cloves
pinch of asafoetida
8 curry leaves
coriander leaves for garnish

1 tsp of ghee
1 tsp of oil 
salt as required


1.Pressure cook toor dhal along with tomato and turmeric.
2.Heat oil and ghee in the saucepan, add mustard  and cumin seeds. As the cumin sputters, add red chilly, curry leaves and pinch of asafoetida. Add the crushed garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
3.Mash the tomato and add to the pan. Saute well and add  toor dhal and spices (rasam powder and cumin powder). 
4.Now add the tamarind water and bring it to boil. Simmer the flame and add the salt, coriander leaves and ground pepper. Dhal rasam is ready.

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