Indian Garlic Rasam

Rasam means Essence. In the regular Rasam, the essence of cooked Dahl and some specific spices are used. However, in this recipe, Indian Garlic Rasam, the essence comes from a few wonderful, aromatic spices fried and ground, and cooked with the flavor and goodness of Garlic. This item is healthy, delicious and easy to make. It can be used as a stew, a soup or gravy. Please try it and you will not regret it.

 
Indian Garlic Rasam

Hover over the highlighted Keywords below for Images and/or Description of some of the Ingredients: 
Avocado, Channa Dahl, Cilantro, Coriander, Cumin, Curry Leaves, Garlic Cloves, Hing, Mustard Seeds, Olive Oil, Red Chillies, Rice, Tamarind, Tomatoes, Toor Dahl, Turmeric, Yoghurt

Indian Garlic Rasam

Serves 2 - 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Indian

Ingredients

  • 10 - 20 cloves Garlic (large garlic cloves chopped into thin pieces (see picture))
  • 2 teaspoons Tamarind paste
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon Coriander seeds (For the Spicy Paste)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon Channa Dahl (For the Spicy Paste)
  • 2 - 4 Dry Red Chillies (For the Spicy Paste)
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns (For the Spicy Paste)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Seeds (For the Spicy Paste)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 4 tablespoons Avocado Oil (or Olive Oil, or any cooking oil)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 6 - 8 leaves Curry Leaves (available in indian grocery stores)
  • 4 - 6 cups Water

Optional

  • 1 teaspoon Asafoetida (Hing) (Hing is very good for health, so I add it when the recipe calls for it.)

Directions

Step 1

Place a sauce pan on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. When oil is hot, add the channa dahl, red chillies, black peppercorns, and coriander seeds to the pan. Stir fry with a flat spatula until the channa dahl turns golden brown. Do not fry too much. Add the cumin seeds and stir-fry for 20 seconds. Turn off the stove. Transfer the contents to small bowl. Set aside and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Place the stir-fried ingredients in Step 1 in a blender. Add water until the ingredients are immersed in the water. Grind until the paste is smooth. If necessary, add water a little at a time to make the grinding easy. It is okay if the mixure becomes a little runny, as long as the ingredients are ground well, as much as possible. Slightly coarse is okay too. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Set aside.

Step 3
Place the sauce pan again on medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons oil.
Step 4

When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle rapidly, lower the heat. Carefully add 4 cups of water.

Step 5

Add the garlic pieces, turmeric, curry leaves and salt. Stir with a large spoon or ladle. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until garlic is soft and cooked well.

Step 6

Add tamarind and hing. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the ground spice mixture to the sauce pan. Add a cup of water at a time, if the mixture is too thick. The Rasam should be like gravy, not too thin, not too thick.

Step 7
Add the chopped cilantro. Mix well.
Step 8

Serve hot on a bed of plain long grain or Basmati rice, with a side dish of stir-fried vegetables and/or Raita (a salad of yoghurt and finely chopped cucumber and/or tomatoes). Recipes for Raita and Vegetable side dishes are available on this site.

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