Friday, 26 April 2013

Iyengar-style Poricha saatruamadhu/Poritha rasam (dhal soup)

This is my childhood favourites that my Paati (Grandmother) used to make in her Iyachombhu (traditional pot). Saatruamadhu which literally translates to "nectar fit for rice" which btw was totally fit for this rasam when my grandmother made it! It is also very healthy and mild that little children can enjoy it too. This rasam is usually made for new mothers and little children since tamarind, which is usually the main ingredient in rasams, is believed to hinder iron absorption in the body and so unhealthy for them. Anjalie loves this rasam as well, although, she just calls it daal for some reason :) It can double as daal soup and will be a great as a starter. So here is the recipe...

You will need:
1/2 cup toor daal cooked and mashed
curry and coriander leaves for garnish
1/2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp brown mustard seeds
a pinch of asafoetida/hing
salt to taste

To roast and grind:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp urad daal
1/2 tsp channa daal
1 tsp black peppercorn (use less for milder version)
1-2 dried red chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tomatoes

Heat 1 tsp oil to medium heat. Roast the ingredients given in the "to roast and grind" list except cumin seeds and tomatoes. Cool and grind these with cumin seeds to a powder.

Add tomatoes next and grind into a smooth paste.

Heat 1/2 tsp oil in sauce pan, add mustard seeds and hing and allow the mustard seeds splutter.

Add the mashed daal.

Add the ground paste (add a little more water if it is too thick), salt, the curry and coriander leaves and lower the heat to low. When the rasam starts to foam all around the edges turn off the stove. Serve warm with rice and curry or as a soup or as a variation of daal with roti.

You can add more or less of the daal. Make it as thick or thin as you wish. I usually add more daal when serving as a soup. This rasam/soup especially comforting when suffering from cold.

Sending this to Walk through Memory lane event hosted by Sowmya and Gayathri.

WTML 2013

1 comment:

  1. very homey and very comforting rasam... feels like having some with hot rice... Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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