Nothing beats winter like a warm bowl of Milagu Jeera Rasam, a South Indian peppery soup. What if I told you, that you could make rasam (a South Indian soup) in under 8 minutes?
No need to pressure cook lentils or dal. On a busy weeknight, this is a blessing!! Because Murphy’s law – Of course, when you are in a hurry to cook your dal, you open the lid and realize that the lentils are still chewy!! Ugh!!
You could home from work and make this comforting, nourishing bowl of goodness in a jiffy, provided you soaked a few ingredients before leaving in the morning.
Nourishing bowl of peppery South Indian soup perfect for winter or if any of the children are recovering from a cold.
- 2 Tbsp Toor dal
- 1 tsp Jeera
- 1 tsp Pepper
- Curry Leaves (Few)
- 1 Lemon Sized Tamarind
- 1-1.5 tsp Sambar or Rasam Powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Butter or ghee
- 1/2 tsp Jeera
Grind all soaked spice items. Extract tamarind water from soaked tamarind.
Boil Tamarind water. Add sambar powder, salt, ground spice mixture and boil just till it gets frothy.
Add jeera to hot butter, let it sizzle and add to rasam.
According to traditions, rasam should not over-boil or it will develop bitterness from pepper.
Step by Step Pictures
Either before leaving for office (if planning for dinner) or the previous night (if planning for morning cooking), soak tamarind and spice items (just 4 ing.) in water .
Grind the soaked 4 ingredients into a paste
Boil tamarind extract with sambar powder and spice paste until it comes to frothy boil
Add butter-jeera seasoning to the soup
Serve plain with rice or with dal and curry for kids.
I got this recipe from my favorite paati (grandma) in Youtube. She tells wonderful stories in tamil along with her recipes and such a delight to watch. Be sure to check out the detailed video for Milagu Jeera Rasam at the Agrahara Recipes channel.
She also explains why this recipes does not require add-ons like hing or mustard seeds. The simplicity may puzzle you, but sometimes the simple ones are the most delicious.
This is my older daughter’s favorite style. Of course, she loves rasam, in general as well. I add more toor dal than the original version for my kids. Adjust the seasoning based on your taste and family requirements.
I hope you give this a try and do send me your comments down below. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.