Rasam / Chaaru / Saaru is a South Indian dish. Rasam is a thin, watery, soupy liquid. It is prepared most days and is eaten with rice. Some like to drink it like soup too. It is considered good for digestion (especially very effective, if one is suffering from constipation!). Bewate, it is spicy too!
It is also one of my favourite dishes! I can have it any day of the week.
There is no specific recipe for rasam; though different people make it differently. The one main ingredient in rasam is the ‘Rasam powder’. Following is one variety of rasam powder; again my favourite! I got the basic recipe from an ex-colleague of mine, and adjusted it to suit my taste buds. I passed it on to several friends, and they all swear by it. Even if the proportion of the ingredients varies slightly, the taste and flavor will still be good. So, make this version of rasam powder and enjoy!
Here goes –
Dhania (Coriander seeds) – 4 tbsp.
Chana dal (Bengal gram) – 2 tbsp.
Dry red chillies – 6 – 8 nos.
Dry curry leaves – a few
Jeera (cumin seeds) – 3 tbsp.
Black peppers – 1/s tbsp.
Method:Roast all the ingredients in a pan. Grind it to a coarse powder. Store in a glass jar. It is ready to be used in the rasam