Quick Tomato Rasam

Tomato Rasam
Tomato Rasam

Description –

This recipe of rasam is quickest and easiest to be prepared. Rasam is an essential dish of South Indian meal. Rasam is digestive and healthy. It can be prepared quickly with minimal efforts. Rasam goes well with steaming hot rice. It can be served with any meal as a side dish or even in the beginning or end of the meal.

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

Ingredients –
• Large size Tomatoes – 2 Nos.
• Water – 2 Cups
• Salt to taste

For Tempering
• 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)

Method –

• Wash and pressure cook tomatoes with salt and little water. Cook for 1 whistle. This will take approx. 5 – 10 minutes.

• When the pressure/steam is released completely by itself, open the cooker lid and let it cool.

• Blend boiled tomatoes in a mixer. (You can also use hand blender for the same.)

• Transfer blended tomato in a sauce pan.

• Add required water to get desired consistency. (I added 2 cups of water).

• Let it boil.

For Tempering –

• Wash and peel ginger and garlic. Take ginger, garlic and coriander leaves in a mortar pestle and form coarse a paste. (You may also use grinder to make the same.)

• Heat oil in a small kadai.

• Add whole red chili, curry leaves, cumin seeds and mustard seeds.

• Add ginger, garlic and coriander paste. Cook for approx. 1 min. Make sure ingredients do not burn.

• Add black pepper powder and rasam powder.

• Add tempering to the blended tomatoes.

Tomato Rasam
• Simmer on a low flame till you get a boil and all the flavours are infused. Adjust salt and spices as per taste.
• Serve hot.

Tomato Rasam
Tomato Rasam

Tips and Tricks –
• Do not cover with lid while preparing tempering.

Facts about tomatoes –

Nutritional Value-
• 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.
Fun Fact-
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.

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