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How to make Jeeraka Rasam - A digestive soup with south indian touch.

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Main Ingredients : Cumin Seeds (जीरा), Split Pigeon Pea

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Soups

Jeeraka Rasam
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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

For more recipes related to Jeeraka Rasam checkout Curried Spiced Sweetcorn Soup. You can also find more Soups recipes like White Bean Soup, Vegetable Clear Soup, Thai Hot And Sour Vegetable Soup, Dal Soup With Tomato.

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Jeeraka Rasam
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Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Jeeraka Rasam Recipe

  • Cumin Seeds 3 teaspoons

  • Split Pigeon Pea 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger 1/2 inch piece

  • Curry leaves 2-3 sprigs

  • Ghee 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Whole dry red chillies 2-3

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Jaggery (gur) 1 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 1 tablespoon

Method

Step 1

Grind cumin seeds, peppercorns and ginger to a fine paste. Wash curry leaves and pat them dry. Heat the ghee in a kadai.

Step 2

Season with mustard seeds, curry leaves, whole red chillies and toovar dal. Mix together cumin paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and add a cup of water to prevent the masalas from scorching.

Step 3

Cook the masala for two to three minutes. Add three more cups of water and bring to a boil. Add jaggery and tamarind pulp and simmer on slow heat for another four to five minutes. Serve hot.

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