This sour, spicy soup from Karnataka is made using tomatoes, lentil, and fresh coconut
The many elements in a South Indian meal make it an eclectic fare. One such dish is the delicious Rasam, a South Indian fare that is usually either served with meals or savoured with rice. It is a soup-like dish with tamarind as a base, which is tempered with sharp spices.
It tastes similar to sambar, a South Indian vegetable stew with a lentil base, but there are fewer ingredients and the consistency is more liquidy. Rasam can either be savoured, on its own, as a soup or eaten with a meal. It also makes for a lovely, light meal with rice. Its heavenly taste is enhanced with rice and papadum, making it the ultimate comfort meal of sorts.
There are different types of rasam flavours - tomato, tamarind, garlic, lemon, pepper, drumstick, toor dal, pineapple, and more. The recipe recommended below is Mysore Rasam, which is made with lentils (toor dal) and fresh coconut, along with the other basic rasam ingredients.
Rasam is also known as ‘saaru’, ‘saathamudhu’, ‘chaaru’, and ‘chaatambde’, etc. It is believed that rasam has been derived from the Sanskrit word, rasa, which means ‘juice’. And it is also said that rasam was so loved by the British, during the Colonial period, that it inspired the invention of Mulligatawny, a kind of soup.
Rasam is also said to have some health benefits. It is recommended to drink Rasam when one is down with a cold, as it contains Vitamin C. It is also said to aid digestion, help in weight loss, and controls high blood sugar. Mysore Rasam is best savoured with rice or along with a meal. Here is the recipe.