March 28, 2013

{Comfort Food} Amma's 15 minute Tomato Rasam | Tomato Chaaru/Saaru Recipe

I am feeling super lazy today. So much so that I don't want to move from this couch, ever.. Each one of us has such days right? Today, is my day! Now, as the lunch time approaches and my stomach starts to grumble, I crave for something super quick yet comforting to eat (read as drink!). That's when I made a big bowl of tomato chaaru for myself along with a small serving of rice. This recipe has a very special place in my heart as it is one of first few recipes I learnt from my mom. Whenever I missed her in a faraway land, this was my meal. Whenever I used to feel (home) sick or have cold or throat pain, this was my meal. Comforting in its true definition. Do you see the mug below? Yep, that is how I drink my chaaru every single time. It takes less than 15 mins to make this dish from start to finish and best part is there is no chopping required. Just grind, boil and season with tadka. That is it. Enjoy!

What do you make for yourself on such lazy days?

{Recipe} Amma's 15 minute Tomato Rasam


1 big tomato
1 tsp tamarind pulp
2 tsp sugar
salt - to taste
1.5 tsp rasam powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 cups water

For Tadka -

1 tsp oil
1 whole garlic pod, crushed
curry leaves
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of hing/asafoetida
1 red chilli


1. Grind to a smooth paste - tomato, tamarind pulp, sugar, salt, rasam powder and turmeric.

2. In a vessel, add 2 cups of water along with tomato puree. Stir and boil on low-medium heat for 10 minutes.

3. Heat oil in a small kadai and add urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli, crushed garlic clove, hing and curry leaves. Let them splutter a bit. Add tadka to rasam and cover immediately. Serve with hot rice or drink like soup, like I do always!

I sometimes also make Sorakaya/Anapakaya Dappalam [Bottle Gourd Stew] which uses rasam powder and goes well with rice.

Sending this simple soup recipe as an entry to Healthy Vegan Fridays.

This is Recipe 23 added to my The 100 Recipe Challenge for Year 2013. Check out the rest of the recipes too!


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