Kollu (Horse Gram) Rasam

A healthy rasam with all the cholesterol-lowering goodness of the horse gram. This is a kids favorite too.  This rasam can also be had as a soup on cold days. I make this for the kids when they are starting on a cold or cough. I serve this with rice and any spicy side dish (potato fry with this rasam is my family favorite).

1. Boiled horse gram, 1/4 cup.
2. Ripe tomatoes, 2.
3. Garlic, 2 cloves.
4. Thick tamarind extract from a small lime sized ball or tamarind paste, 1 teaspoon.
5. Asafetida, a pinch.
6. Turmeric powder, a pinch.
7. Salt, as per taste.
8.Curry leaves and chopped cilantro for garnishing.
9. Rasam powder, 1 teaspoon. (For a quick and fresh rasam powder, roast 1/2 teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander seeds, and 1-2 dried red chilies in a spice grinder).

For seasoning:
1. Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon.
2. Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon.
3. Dried broken red chilies, 1-2.

Blend the boiled horsegram into a coarse paste. Pour this over the tamarind extract. Crush the tomatoes and garlic and add them into this mixture along with salt, hing, and turmeric powder. Add 4 cups of water to this and heat it on a medium heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the rasam powder, curry leaves, and chopped cilantro and switch off the stove.  Fry the seasonings in a tablespoon of oil (First add the mustard seeds and let it splutter, then add the cumin seeds and red chilies and fry for a few seconds)and pour this over the rasam. Kollu rasam is ready.


Ms.Chitchat said...

Healthy rasam, love to have this hot hot.

Ree Kasirajh said...

Wish I could always cook as healthy as yu....these are very good and I hardly make them!!! Yours look perfect!!