Rasam

Kathirikkai Rasam

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Ingredients:
Small Brinjals – 10
Toor Dal – 1/4 cup
Tamarind Extract – 1 cup
Tomato – 1, finely chopped
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt as per taste
Coriander Leaves – 2 to 3 tblsp, finely chopped, for garnish

For Masala:
Oil – 3 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Black Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida Powder – 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chillies – 3
Chana Dal – 1 tsp
Copra – 2 tsp, grated

For Tempering:
Ghee – 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli – 1, halved
Curry Leaves – few

Method:
1. Heat oil in a pan for the masala.
2. Add all the masala ingredients except copra.
3. Fry till dal turns golden.
4. Add copra and grind to a fine powder.
5. Cut the brinjals into quarters and soak in salted water till required.
6. Wash dal and drain.
7. Pressure cook with 1/2 cup of water for 5 minutes.
8. Heat ghee for tempering in a frying pan and fry the tempering ingredients.
9. When mustard seeds start spluttering, drain the brinjals and add it to the pan with tomato.
10. Saute for 2 minutes.
11. Add turmeric powder, tamarind extract, salt and ground masala powder.
12. Simmer for 10 minutes till the brinjals are tender.
13. Add the cooked dal. Simmer.
14. Garnish with coriander leaves.
15. Remove from rasam froths up.
16. Serve hot with plain rice.

Tip: If the rasam is thick, add more water.

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