Friday, June 15, 2012

Parupu Rasam (Dal rasam or Lentil soup)

        Parupu (lentil) rasam is very easy to make. It's a simple dish with lot of flavor. We can have it by itself or have it with white rice. I cannot forget those rainy day's when our family have this with rice, drumstick or potato porial, egg omelette and pappadam. I miss those day's....Love you mom :)
dal rasam
Parupu rasam
2 tbs       thoor dal/ thuvaram parupu
2            tomato (medium)                        
1 tsp      tamarind paste      
1/4 tsp   turmeric powder 

To crush:
1 tsp        cumin 
1 tsp        pepper  
3 cloves  garlic 

To season:

1 tsp         mustard seeds
1tsp          cumin seeds
1 pinch     asafoetida 
1 handful  cilantro-chopped
3 whole     red chilli
few            curry leaves 


Prepare dal/parupu and tomato:
1. Cook the toordal with turmeric with enough water.
2. When the dal/parupu water starts to boil add the whole tomato to it, after few mins, take the tomatoes out, peel it and make it into a soft pulp.       
3. Mash the cooked dal/parupu when it's done and keep it aside.

Prepare spice:         
Crush cumin, pepper and garlic coarsely.

To temper:   
1. Heat(med/low) oil in a pan, add mustard seeds after it splutters, add cumin seed and red chilli.
2. Add asafoetida/hing, the crushed cumin, pepper and garlic mix. 
3. Add curry leaves and cilantro leaves stir for few mins.
4. Add the tomato pulp, dal, tamarind and add 2 cups of water.
5. Add salt to taste, switch off, when it's about to boil.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. If you try this recipe, please comment on it. I like to hear how it came out.

This rasam will pair nicely with:

1. Karunai kizangu Varuval -Suran Fry 
2. Murungaikai Poriyal-Drumstick fry-Saragwa subji 
3. Mutton kola Urundai
4. Beef Curry - Beef Sukka
Dal and the ingredients to season
Tomato pulp
crush pepper,garlic and cumin coarsely...
cooked and mashed dal parupu...
parupu rasam
temper with cumin, mustard, methi seeds, curry leaves and red chilli
parupu rasam
Parupu rasam ready!




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