CRANBERRY RASAM



Dear friends, hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. This long weekend was a blast for us though we didn’t make any long trips. We went for some black Friday shopping, watched a couple of good movies, took good rest, and of course did some experiments in the kitchen :). I made this rasam from the leftover cranberries after making cranberry rice and dhal. Cranberries are perfect for rasam. This sourness is exactly what I wanted in a rasam. I didn’t add any tomatoes for the rasam but I think I can try adding some tomatoes next time when I making this rasam. For those who feel cranberries are too sour may be you can try adding just a couple of cranberries initially and reduce the amount of tamarind when trying for the first time. I followed my MIL’s method of making rasam here and along with her homemade rasam podi. We usually add crushed garlic in rasam. They can be substituted with garlic paste.


INGREDIENTS: (This makes up to 3 cups of rasam)

  1. Cranberries, (fresh or frozen), 1/4th cup, probably around 5-6.
  2. Tamarind, 1 small lime-sized.
  3. Rasam powder (homemade or store bought). 1 teaspoon. (I will post the recipe soon).
  4. Asafetida, 1 pinch.
  5. Mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon.
  6. Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon.
  7. Red chilies, 2, (optional).
  8. Garlic, 3 cloves.
  9. Thalipu vadagam, ½ teaspoon, (optional).
  10. Salt as per taste.
  11. Curry leaves and chopped cilantro for garnishing.


PREPARATION:

Soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes and extract thick juice from it. Crush the garlic and keep aside. Heat a pot with a teaspoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the cumin seeds, red chilies, and vadagam and fry for a few seconds. Now reduce the flame to low and add the cranberries and mix everything well. Keep stirring under low flame for 5 minutes until the cranberries are cooked and turn mushy. Then add the crushed garlic, salt, asafetida, and tamarind juice along with 3 cups of water and let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add the rasam powder, curry leaves, and chopped cilantro. Mix everything just once and switch off the stove. Serve with rice and any spicy side dish.

38 comments:

priya said...

never heard of this...so new to me...looks so nice and colorful!..must have tasted very good!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Intha vaaram cranberry vaarama :) Absolutely love this gorgeous rasam idea. I always wonder what else we can do other than the old sauce and dip. But your rice n rasam makes me drool. Rasam seems so cute. Glad to know you too love shopping, just like me:)

Cham said...

U ve even added tamarind! It should be really tangy!

BangaloreBaker said...

It is so funny, I wanted to make the same in the morning, but made some sambar instead.

kitchen queen said...

Wow a new rasam in my list which I shall try to prepare soon.

Vrinda said...

WOW thats a gr8 idea to use left over cranberries from thanksgiving..never thought of making rasam with it,sounds wonderful...

Padma said...

Very new rasam Gita. Looks colorful.

Usha said...

Gita this is such a cool idea using cranberries in rasam. Looks colorful and inviting !

Vidhya said...

this is absolutely new to me... I have cranberries too. will try this rasam tomorrow and let u know the outcome...

Priya said...

Wat a lovely and colourful rasam...beautiful rasam Gita..for ur q"n regarding the red cabbage soup,Yes purple cabbage than..

kothiyavunu said...

rasam with cranberry Great idea!!!sounds interesting..bookmarked it will give a try..Thanks for sharing.:)

Yasmeen said...

I have to add try this soon,many crans. still in stock :D

Sanghi said...

Wow.. cranberry rasam looks so colourful yummy!

Sanghi said...

If you wish send this to my FIL-Fruits event da!

Malar Gandhi said...

I agree, anything that is too sour...first thing we Tamils try to do is rasam. I remember my mother trying variety of rasam(s) using all kinds of fruits/berries. This looks perfect and very colorful.:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Never heard of this one, surely must be yummy...

Nandini said...

Perfect and colorful rasam ! Preparing rasam with cranberry sounds wonderful Gita!

Nithya said...

Wow.. perfectly interesting :) yummy it looks.

Andhra Flavors said...

rasam with cranberry, wow thats healthy.

Tina said...

Never heard of this..its new to me...yummy and colourful rasam.

Astra Libris said...

I'm so excited about your cranberry dishes! Your dishes are gorgeous! Hooray for cranberries! :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice idea to make rasam with that fruit,looks pretty :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

New flavour.....looks vibrant...

Kanchan said...

Cranberries Rasam :D
Wow .. Very innovative dear , great work !!

shanthi said...

Different and new try. Love the colour

Sarah Naveen said...

oh wow,Gita dea..!!!
You are so creative...
Lovely yummy rasam..
I have some cranberry in my fridge..Dfntly gonna try this ;)

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Seena said...

Cranberry rasam? will be really nice! :)

Babli said...

A very innovative type of preparing rasam. I love rasam very much and shall try your lovely recipe.

Valarmathi said...

Rasam looks colorful and yummy.

Suma Gandlur said...

Now this one is really novel.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

never heard.. or tasted...
Sounds interesting...
Thanks for sharing:)

Ms.Chitchat said...

First time visitor to your blog. This cranberry rasam looks awesome and sure is tasty too. You have a wonderful space.

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Suma Rajesh said...

would like to sip ....an award waiting for u on my blog..plz collect it..

Yasmeen said...

I made the rasam Gita,it was fantastic,thanks :D

Sujatha said...

thats a very innovative rasam, Gita! Love the color of it.. Cranberry and tamarind - wow, sounds like a hot and tangy rasam!

RV said...

Never heard of...Nice idea to use cranberry in Rasam..

Parita said...

Wow thats a new combination and sounds yummm!!1