Quick Tomato Rasam
Rasam helps in stimulating appetite. Soothes and relieves sour throat, cold and cough. Hot rasam is best to have in winters.
There are various recipes to prepare rasam. This recipe involves easily available ingredients and can be prepared in very less time.
(Spinach & Carrot Soup Recipe)
Preparation Time – 10 Mins
Cooking Time – 15 Mins
Serving – 4
• Large size Tomatoes – 2 Nos.
• Water – 2 Cups
• Salt to taste
• Oil – 1 Tsp
• Whole Red chili – 1 No.
• Curry Leaves – 4-5 Nos.
• Cumin Seeds – 1/4 Tsp
• Mustard seeds – 1/4 Tsp
• Ginger – 1 Inch piece
• Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves
• Coriander leaves – 2 Tbsp
• Rasam Powder – 2 Tsp
• Black Pepper powder – ½ Tsp
• Salt to taste
• Coriander leaves to garnish (optional)
For Tempering –
Tips and Tricks –
• Do not cover with lid while preparing tempering.
Facts about tomatoes –
• Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene which is important for the health of the prostate gland in men.
• Tomatoes are one of the low-calorie vegetables; hold just 18 calories per 100 g. They are also very low in fat contents and have zero cholesterol levels. Nonetheless, they are an excellent sources of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
• The antioxidants present in tomatoes are scientifically found to be protective against cancers, including colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic tumors.
• It contains very good levels of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as a and ß-carotenes, xanthins and lutein.
• Additionally, they are also good source of antioxidant vitamin-C
• Fresh tomato is very rich in potassium.
Selection and storage-
Fresh ripe tomatoes feature beautiful bright-red color and have a rich fruity flavor. In the markets, buy fresh, firm, uniform sized fruits. Avoid those with wrinkled surface, discolored spots, cuts and too soft and mushy.
Firm, yellow fruits can be placed in cool, dark place at room temperature for 2-3 days. However, ripe tomatoes are one of the easily perishable vegetables and should be stored inside the refrigerator. Use them while they are fresh to gain full benefits of vitamins and antioxidants.
Tomatoes are the fruit of the tomato plant. Because the tomato has seeds and grows from a flowering plant botanically it is classed as a fruit not a vegetable.