Rasam and rice is made daily in Tamil homes, it is eaten at the end since it aids digestion. In my home when we start babies with rice, we usually feed them rice with ghee and dal, and add rasam to it for taste. You can also feed plain rice and rasam. There are may kinds of rasams like dal rasam, lemon rasam, pepper rasam etc. Today ill give you the recipe for the most simple 5 min tomato rasam. Kids love it for a tangy taste and since rasam powder has pepper in it, its a must in my house when we have a cold.
For adults you can have it plain or with rice, only use the liquid on top, the residue at the bottom has to be discarded after you finish up the top liquid. For kids you can pass this through a strainer.
- Tomato – 1 large
- Mustard – 1 pinch
- Methi seeds – 1 pinch
- Curry leaves – 4-5
- Garlic clove – 1-2
- Rasam powder – 1 tsp (I use MTR rasam powder) , for babies 1/2 will do
- Tamarind paste – 1/2 tsp or is your using whole tamrind use half an inch and dilute in water
- Oil for seasoning
In a pan add oil, once heated add mustard, methi seeds, curry leaves and crushed garlic cloves (whole with skin). Immediately add tomato pieces and fry. To this add salt, rasam powder and pour 1 cup of water and boil.
Finally add tamrind paste or liquid and heat for 1-2 mins and turn off the flame. You can dilute this as much as you want.
In Karnataka a small piece of jaggery is added for a slightly sweet taste, this is awesome too.