Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ginger Rasam ( Allam Charu)

Rasam is a great comfort food especially during winter. We make rasam powder in large amount at home and its a must have. Rasam powder recipe will be posted later.


3 cups water
2 large tomatoes ( chopped)
1/2 cup tamarind extract
1 tbsp rasam powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ginger
2-3 pods of garlic
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
diluted thoor dal water
salt to taste

for tempering

2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a dash of asafoetida
handful of curry leaves


There are two ways to make this rasam.

First method is to grind all the ingredients like tomato, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and curry leaves in a mixer and mix it all with 3 cups of water. Bring this mixture to boil by adding tamarind water, salt, rasam powder and turmeric powder. At last add water of cooked thoor dal and temper with the given ingredients. We call this rasam/charu medicinal(mandula charu) as it helps in clearing cold and fever.

The second method is to add all the ingredients without grinding. In water we add crushed ginger, chopped tomato, coriander leaves, tamarind water, turmeric powder, rasam powder, salt and bring it to boil. Once the rasam starts boiling add thoor dal water and temper with the given ingredients. In this tempering you can add finely chopped garlic. This will give a nice taste to the rasam!

This rasam is being sent to Siri and Sara's Healing Food-Ginger and Garlic!

I am also sending Allam Pachadi to this event!


sanjeeta kk said...

I can feel the ginger small emanating from the flavorful rasam. My MIL makes this often and adds a dash of lemon juice to it, I have not tried yet.
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Unknown said...

thats what I need now...Allam Chaaru would be perfect for this cold!....

Indian Khana said...

Raks said...

Never tried ginger rasam this way with rasam powder,looks and sounds very nice! :)

Finla said...

I wish I had a gla sof rasam right now, I ate so much this afternoon that i want something like this for digestion and rasam like this sounds good right now.

Prema said...

It's perfect for this weather here,luks delicious!

Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

A healthy and perfect recipe for cold weather and rainy evenings..

Satya said...

A healthy entry sharmi.. looking wonderful

Unknown said...

Perfect !!!

Chitra said...

Bookmarked this yummy rasam ..:)

Laavanya said...

I'm a big fan of ginger everything - hope to give this a try very soon.