These ready to make powders come handy for business travellers who remain out of home and would like to prepare home made Rasam but with little or no difficulty . All you need is to add some chopped tomatoes or tomato puree , some chopped coriander leaves and a tasty rasam is ready under 4 minutes.
Keep some rice to cook in the rice cooker , roast some papads on the gas flame or microwave, and a simple meal of rasam, papad and rice with some readily cut fresh salad makes a lipsmacking meal.
This comes to the rescue for those who need home made food with less fuss.Your children can easily make this rasam and rice without bothering to measure ingredients and wasting time.Prepare such ready to make powders, pack in properly sealed packets,paste simple instruction on the pack and send it with your family members.
There are many days when I have resorted to this quick rasam , when I dont have much time to spare in the kitchen without compromising on the taste.
A quick video
Roasted tamrind which is very brittle and below pic shows tomato powder
Dry roast all ingredients except powders
powder all roasted ingredients and add dry roasted tempering of curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin and red chillies, add this tempering to the ground powder.
store in dry clean jars after cooling down .
So the recipe….
2 tbsp fried gram dla ( pottu kadalai )
salt as required.
some curry leaves
Roast all ingredients to golden colour carefully, roast the tamrind well to brittle texture.
Separately roast the curry leaves till crispy.
When all ingredients are cooled well, grind to slightly coarse powder including curry leaves.
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
some curry leaves, 2 red dry chillies
In a pan add ingredients for tempering , dry roast .
Add the tempered ingredients to the ground powder, mix well. Store in a air tight bottle.
To make rasam instantly.
In a pan add some 2 tbsp of powder, add around 3 cups of water and add some chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves , or tomato puree..let boil till tomatoes soften. am saying add chopped tomatoes, presuming you have some , or you can skip as the rasam is already tangy with tomato powder and tamrind powder, but if you are picky and need tomato chunks floating on top, go ahead and use, but adjust the taste accordingly .
Chopped tomatoes can be skipped if your mix has tomato powder . this is a travel pack so there is no need to add tomatoes .
Instant rasam is ready.
No need to temper as everything is added in the powder itself.
no extra dal need be added , but if you happen to have some cooked dal ready , use it and dilute rasam a bit .
The easiest way to make this rasam is in the pressure cooker by adding the water, powder, tomatoes, cilantro chopped, cover and allow 3 whistles , remove after cooled, mash tomatoes with ladle, add a drop of ghee for enhancing rasam flavor.
You can have this yummy tomato rasam instead of regular tomato soup in winter as it has several useful spices to ward off cold and provide sufficient heat in cold winter months , excellent as throat is soothed and prevents formation of phlegm.
Just add 2-3 tbsp in a mug, fill with 1 cup of water and microwave for 2 minutes .