This is excellent when you are down with cold and sore throat or even fever. Again a very light soup, it is soothing to drink hot. It also tastes very good with rice and any ‘mezhukkuvaratti’ / 'thoran' / pappadam / appalam / karuvadam (fryums).
Tamarind – 1 lemon-sized ball – soaked in water
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Black pepper powder – 1-1 ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Asafetida – a pinch
Curry leaves – 7
Ghee – 1 ½ tsp
Extract the pulp from the tamarind. Add 1 cup of water.
Boil well for 10-12 minutes with turmeric powder, pepper and red chilli powders and salt.
In a small pan, add 1 ½ tsps ghee and add 1 tsp mustard and cumin seeds. When they splutter, add a dash of asafetida and curry leaves and add it to the rasam.
Add more water and check the taste.
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