Ginger Lime Rasam

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During winter when the weather cools , I look forward to Rasam a nourishing South Indian soup. Everyone in my family is down with cold and this Ginger Lime Rasam is my favorite remedy~ Ginger, Lime and other ingredients in the Rasam have the ability to cure cold.  There are many variations of Rasam with each ingredient imparting different flavors. I especially love the Ginger which has a subtle taste in this preparation.
Rasam with Chicken varuval was our dinner yesterday~A a perfect combination to enjoy.
FYI: Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, as well as loss of appetite.
Other uses include treating upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis.Fresh ginger is used for treating acute bacterial dysentery, baldness, malaria, poisonous snake bites, rheumatism, migraine headache, and toothaches.Dried ginger is used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.
One of the chemicals in ginger is also used as an ingredient in laxative, anti-gas, and antacid medications.



Ingredients: 
  1. 4 cups paruppu thani/diluted toor dhal water ( see tips below)
  2. a handful finely chopped cilantro
  3. few finely chopped curry leaves
  4. salt to taste
  5. juice of two lime
To Season:
  1.  ½ teaspoon mustard
  2.  ½ teaspoon cumin
  3. a pinch asafoetida
Rasam powder to grind:
  1. 6 red chillies
  2. 1 teaspoon pepper
  3. 1 teaspoon cumin
  4. 2 teaspoon dhania
  5. 3 to4 fenugreek
Grind Separately:
  1. 2 inch piece ginger
  2.  ½ tomato in the size shown below

Ginger Rasam

Procedure:
  1. Dry grind the ingredients given for Rasam powder.
  2. Make a smooth paste of ginger and tomato.
  3. Now combine the paruppu thani//diluted dhal water, cilantro, curry leaves, tomato ginger paste and rasam powder. Gently squeeze with your hands the ingredients to combine well and to bring the flavors of the fresh ingredients.
  4. Bring this rasam to a boil in in a kadai which can hold the prepared rasam. Remove from fire just when it starts to boil.
  5. Heat a teaspoon of oil, season with mustard, cumin, fenugreek and asafoetida. Add the seasoning to the rasam.
Serve with rice or have it as a soup to relieve cold and congestion.
TIPS: Use less ginger if you prefer the ginger taste to be mild. Add 2 ½ teaspoon of Rasam Powder if you prefer not to grind the fresh powder. Click for recipe here:
I normally cook about a 1/2 cup of Toor dhal with 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder for Sambar and when cooked, I add about 4 cups of water to the dhal. The dhal settles down leaving a clear soup on top. I then use the clear soup to make Rasam. 
Seasoning at the end is optional. You can season in a kadai and then add the combined rasam and bring to a boil. Amma insists seasoning at the end. 



19 comments:

  1. Really very soothing when having cold & during winters too. I feel Rasam is quite close to Tom Yum in terms of this!

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  2. Flavourful and comforting rasam...perfect with hot rice

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  4. This looks awesome..Yummy Rasam

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  5. comfort food that can be taken daily

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  6. adding ginger gives nice aroma and taste...perfect for this season!

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  7. very nice and unique recipe.Great variation from the regular milagu rasam that I prepare.

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  8. Super comforting and flavourful rasam..

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  9. Comforting and flavorful rasam..yum

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  10. My vote goes to rasam always and with ginger it is a winner. Perfectly presented and nice clicks.

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  12. Absolutely LOVE rasam!!! My mom makes it with rice and fried fish on the side :)

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  13. I love this a lot, always want to make it :) Lovely presentation!

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  14. Cilantro, what an excellent recipe! I can confidently say this cured my cold . I have never tried rasam with lime juice and ginger and now I am never going to stop.

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  16. Hi Cilantro. Thank you so much for all your delish recipes! I love them!

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