Monday, March 28, 2011

Black Pepper (Kal Mensu) Saru/Rasam

This Rasam have many medicinal value.whenever in my house somebody is not feeling well i prepare this Rasam.This Saru is also called Bannathi(after Delivery) saru.If you have sour throat/cold this is very useful in recovering from cold.After my both delivery ,my mom made me eat this saru for 2 months daily.They say it is ushna(it prevents you from getting cold during that period when your body is recovering).I really believe our Indian spices have many Medicinal value and they help us to gain our resistance.This Saru  not only have medicinal value it really taste good too.
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup cooked toor dal/dal water(belle kattu)
  • 1 big tomato cut into medium pieces
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 tsp back pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • salt
  • 2" jaggary
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder  
  • 1  green chili(optional)
  • coriander leaves chopped
  • seasoning
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 2-4 garlic cut into pieces
  • curry leaves
  • 1 red chili pieces
Method:
Cook toor dal in pressure cooker adding more water.
Cut all the vegetables.
Take a wok,add tomatoes,green chili,salt,jaggary,turmeric powder and little water and let them simmer for 3-4 minutes.Here you can use tomato puree also  instead of cut tomatoes.
When tomatoes are cooked add toor dal with water and let it boil for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile take a pan add cumin seeds and black pepper whole.Dry roast them on medium flame.when cumin seeds become brown turn off the flame and dry powder the same.
Add this powder masala above  and let it simmer for 2 more minutes.
Finally season it with the above seasoning ingredients.Seasoning method is take a pan add ghee,mustard,jeera,garlic pieces,red chili pieces.when mustard splutter and garlic turns brown add this on above rasam.
Garnish it with coriander leaves.Some people use lemon juice instead of tamarind and the lemon juice is added at the end .
Serve hot with hot plain Rice and papad/hapla.

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