Mysore Rasam

I have, many a times, mentioned in this blog, about my mom being an excellent cook. So is my Mother-in-Law. Both mine and G’s family hail from the same region in Tamil Nadu. Which means both my mom and MIL cook almost the same way. I didn’t have any getting used to when I joined their family.

Like I have learnt recipes from my mom, I also wish to learn a few from my MIL, which hasn’t been possible so far. Directly, that is. I managed to learn from her indirectly through G’s cookbook. G, being an excellent cook too, has meticulously collected few of her recipes with detailed instructions.

Mysore Rasam

Mysore rasam is one such recipe. This rasam, unlike others, is an indulgence. It is rich, flavourful and thicker like arachu vitta sambar. G’s touch of taking this recipe to the next level is by adding coconut milk, which makes it deliciously creamy, without over powering other spices. Of course, this is optional, but try it once before you decide it. You will be hooked!

Ingredients

Toor dal – ¼ cup
Tamarind paste – 1 tsp
Tomato - 1
Asafoetida – a pinch
Coconut milk – ¼ cup (optional)
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Coriander leaves
Ghee – ½ tsp
Salt

To roast and grind

Chana dal – 1 tsp
Red chillies – 3 or 4
Pepper – 1 tsp
Coconut – 2 tbsp
Oil

Method

Pressure cook toor dal till soft. In a tsp of oil, roast chana dal, red chillies and pepper. Switch off the flame and then add coconut. Mix well, cool and grind to a fine paste.

Boil tamarind paste, tomato, asafoetida and ½ cup of water, until raw smell from tamarind goes away. Add the ground mixture, coconut milk and cooked dal and simmer until the rasam is frothy. Do not boil the rasam after adding the dal and spices.

Heat ghee, splutter mustard seeds and add to the rasam. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve rasam with rice.

Mysore Rasam

I am sending this recipe to Asha for RCI – Karnataka along with my wishes for good health and speedy recovery.

33 comments:

Srivalli said...

Suganya...that looks so yummy...

Rachna said...

hmmm coconut milk is truely a great idea as an addition to sambar.. will def try this recipe

shammi said...

This is actually the only rasam I like :) I've never made it myself, but your recipe is one I'm going to bookmark now.

Nags said...

lovely pics! i was also planning on making rasam..

indosungod said...

I can almost the smell the wonderful aroma that is how tasty it looks!

Asha said...

excellent Suganya! Thank you for everything!:)
Saying thanks to all RCI entries quickly today,still can't focus for too long on PC or anything,but will be back soon,getting better and better everyday.Hugs.

Lakshmi said...

Loved that rasam very much. Pics are also nice. Lovely entry to RCI-K

Bharathy said...

Ahhhaa..You smell very homely nowadays,Sugi..
Since I too hail from that place...we have almost common recipes!!..:)

P.S-A sigh of relief..I am not learning much new from you nowadays..;)

Rajitha said...

suganya.. that is a nice touch.. i mean the coconut milk. it looks really delicious, i want to eat with with alu-podimas yum!

Happy cook said...

Rasam with coconut milk sound very nice and creamy.

Sandeepa said...

We want G to cook....yeeeeeeeeess. He must be a real good cook to have noted down his Mom's recipes

Coffee said...

Any rasam is tempting enough for me..... and with coconut milk added to it, I have to make it. :) The pic is fab!!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Ahha!! what a tasty rasam! My meal is incomplete with out rasam and curd!

Nice entry for the event!

TBC said...

Mysore rasam is new to me... it's almost like arachu vitta sambar.So there is no rasam /sambar powder added as such? I should give this a shot when I get a chance.

Latha said...

Looks yumm Suganya! We make ours a little differently, i would love to try u're version!

Priya said...

This is one of my fav rasams. It used to be our Saturday menu at home. I blogged about it a few months back. Will try it with the coconut milk twist this time.

Kribha said...

wow...looks so comforting. I have never had the recipe for mysore rasam Will try it out soon. Thanks for sharing.

Suma Gandlur said...

Yum Yum.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow....The Mysore rasam sure looks very tempting :-)
My mom-in law makes this one and I absolutely love it :-)

Madhu said...

Mysore and Tamilnadu food are so much alike...Rasam with coconut milk have to be delicious....

Namratha said...

Hmm you brought back some very good memories....looks delicious! :)

Cynthia said...

All I need now is some roti to soak it up :)

Mona said...

we usually have these kind of Dals at home, some thing liquidy is necessary with a dry dish for us :-) It looks yummy too, so will try it out sometime. Our Dal is different from the way you prepared it.

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Tee said...

Suganya, the rasam looks awesome! I loved the idea of adding coconut milk...it does make it creamy! :)

Susan said...

Suganya, is rasam a soup or is it a thin curry that you serve with starch either dipped in it or ladled on it? It looks dreamy. That palest of spring green bowls sets it off well.

Mansi Desai said...

Hey Suganya, my bhabhi is from TN...I bet she'll like this one:) we are gujaratis and so she doesn't get to eat such food very often:)

Prajusha said...

suganya,
Mysore rasam looks delicious. Adding coconut milk to rasam is a new info.Thanks for the recipe. iam going to try this new recipe.

Vcuisine said...

Nice entry Suganya. Viji

Sig said...

Normally I hate rasam, but adding coconut milk will sure make it appetizing for me :)
And G sounds like Siv, he too writes down detailed recipes from his mom, and adds his own touches :)

Seema said...

Suganya, I would love to drink the whole bowl of your rasam sitting in my backyard. Would be perfect for a cold day like today. Lovely picture as always buddy.

SeeC said...

Adding Coconut milk to rasam is very unusual. Will try it.

Reva said...

Suganya,

Check this out..
http://www.indobase.com/recipes/details/mysore-rasam.php

I was searching for a mysore rasam recipe and saw this. It is your photo and I thought I'ld let you know.

-Reva

Suganya said...

Dear Reva, thanks a ton for letting me know. It is disheartening to see this happening over and over again. I have written to the website. Hope they take the picture down. Thank you once again.

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