Murangkkai Rasam-refreshing appetizer
Red Gram Dal 1/3 cup
Hot Water 1 cup
Drum Sticks 4-5
Tamarind Pulp a lemon-sized
Ground Turmeric ½ tsp.
Salt to taste
Water (extra) 21/2 cups
Coriander Leaves chopped
Oil 2 tsp.
Red Chilies 4 nos.
Asafetida Pdr. 1/2 tsp.
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp.
Black Pepper Corn 1tsp.
Gram dal 11/2 tsp.
Fresh Coconut 2tbs.
Flaked Coconut 21/2 tbs.
Water 1 little
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp.
Ghee 2 tsp.
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp.
Red Chili 1
Curry Leaves a few
- Wash and drain dal and place in a heavy sauce pan.
- Cover with 1 cup water and bring to boil. when boiling, cover pan with lid leaving slightly ajar.
- Lower the heat and simmer the dal for 1½ hours. Stir several times during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- Set dal aside without draining.
- Heat 2 tsp. oil in a heavy pan or skillet.
- Add red chilies, asafoetida coriander seeds, black peppercorn, and gram dal.
- Saute for 2-3 minutes. Place in an electric blender or food processor.
- Add the grated coconut and a little water, blend ingredients to a fine paste.
- Set aside.
- Scrape the drumsticks kernels.
- Place drumstick in a saucepan with just enough water to cover.
- Boil until just tender.
- Reserve the cooking water, set both aside or simply use the canned drumsticks.
- Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes.
- Strain the tamarind water into another container, sqeezing as much liquid as possible out of the tamarind pulp. Discard pulp.
- Pour tamarind juice into a heavy saucepan.
- Add salt to taste and ground turmeric.
- Now add the boiled drumstick.
- Simmer until the raw smell of the tamarind disappear.
- Now add the paste and un-drained cooked dal, Add more water if needed .
- Simmer until thoroughly blended.
- Heat 2 tsp. ghee in a heavy pan or skillet.
- Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds halved red chill and a few curry leaves.
- When the mustard seeds splutter add this mixture to the rasam.
- Garnish the rasam with chopped coriander leaves.
- Serve hot.
*if you are unable to buy the fresh drumsticks, they are available in canned from asian food market.
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