Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lemon Rasam & a quick snack

The past few days we've all been down with fever and cold one after the other and all we've been craving and making is loads and loads of rasam... mostly using this recipe but I made this tasty rasam for a variation. The lemon and ginger taste amazing together and I simply love the flavour and brightness that only limes/lemons can impart.


Tomatoes (I used Roma) - 2 (not too big), peeled (peeling is optional)
Toor dhal - 2 to 3 tbsp, cooked
Green chillies - 4 to 5, slit in half
Ginger - half inch piece, chopped
Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp, finely chopped
Lemon/Lime - 1/2, juiced or increase/decrease to taste
Cumin seeds - half tsp
Black pepper (whole) - half tsp
Rasam powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - half tsp
Salt - to taste

Nallennai (Gingelly oil) - 1 tsp
Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - quarter tsp
Cumin seeds - quarter tsp
Curry leaves - 5
Asafoetida - a small pinch

1) Chop the peeled tomatoes finely. Microwave with some water for 5 minutes. Allow to cool a bit and mash.

2) Coarsely pound cumin and pepper together ( I used my handy-dandy mortar & pestle). Dissolve the 2 to 3 tbsp of well cooked toor dhal in 2 cups of water & keep aside.

3) Many people season rasam at the very end, but I do it in the beginning. Heat a pan with 1 tsp of nallennai, and season with mustard seeds, once it splutters, add cumin seeds, asafoetida & curry leaves.

4) Next add the crushed cumin and pepper, chopped ginger, slit green chillies and after a few seconds of sauteeing them, add the crushed tomatoes with the water they cooked in. Next add the rasam powder, salt, turmeric powder and the toor dhal mixed with water. Allow this to boil for about 10 minutes.

5) Switch off the stove, add the lemon juice, coriander leaves and the tsp of ghee. Cover and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Here's a quick snack I made when we had some surprise guests... It's just vegetable crackers (plain, salted ones will work too) that has been topped with a layer of 'Laughing Cow' cheese (any flavor), topped with thin slices of cucumber/tomato slices with a tiny dollop of sour cream and a leaf of cilantro/coriander. Best eaten as soon as it's made or it can get soggy. My daughter loved making and eating them as well.


  1. rasam looks so delicious n inviting n crackers too ...yummy


  2. Both the rasam and the crackers look inviting and delicious !

  3. I can drink the rasam like soup,looks delicious and an awesome cracker snack.

    Pushpa @

  4. Mouthwatering rasam. I wish to pick up some crackers from the screen :-) they look so good.

  5. Ur rasam looks sure tasty! The quick snack idea sounds cool!

  6. Comforting rasam, love that quick snack, feel like grabbing some..

  7. The snack is super easy and does look yummy! Such simple snacks are indeed come to rescue when we have unexpected guests.

  8. Rasam looks comforting and the snack looks innovative!

  9. Thank you for the quick veggie snack. I am sure all the kids will love it. Rasam, any kind will be wonderful. An amazing comfort food indeed.

  10. This is a very simple and quick snack! It really looks so delicious.

  11. rasam is looking too good and my version is slightly different. Even i still remember ur tomato rasam pic.this also looks very frothy.
    Loved the snack that ur daughter made. absolutely delicous

  12. Lemon rasam hmm can smell the aroma here....want some hot rice and rasam now :)

  13. I love lemon rasam both with rice and as a starter too,its a great appetizer! Snack looks as cute and sweet as your kid :)

  14. i am a fan of lemon....this is a good substitute for the tamarind.....nice blog....

  15. Rasam - perfect comfort food for this weather.

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  19. Awww, I hope you guys feel better soon! Especially your little ones.
    The rasam must be lovely for when you're sick.

  20. Came here for the quick snack as lemon rasam is something I can make in my sleep... liked the addition of cucumbers etc... how are you?

  21. Hi,

    Rasam looks lovely...also the snack...:)


  22. very nice blog.keep up the good work.

  23. I tried this rasam Laavanya and we loved it. Thanks for sharing this yum recipe.

    I just posted my version of this rasam on my site :-)


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