Essence of Life - Food
Essence of Life - Food


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  • For Rasam
  • Water used for cooking Horse gram - 11/2 Cups
  • Tamarind - 1 Lime Size.
  • For Rasam Paste
  • Cooked Horse Gram - 1/4 Cup
  • Peppercorns - 2 Tspns
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 Tspn
  • Garlic - 5-6 Cloves
  • Tomato - 1 No.
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Tspn
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Jaggery / Sugar - A pinch (Optional)
  • For Tempering
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 Tspn
  • Fenugreek Sees - 1/4 Tspn
  • Asafoetida Powder - A Pinch
  • Dry Red Chillies - 1-2 Nos.
  • Curry Leaves - 2 Sprigs
  • For Garnishing
  • Coriander Leaves - Few


    Clean the horse gram and wash them thoroughly to remove any debris or dust.
    Soak them with enough water and leave them aside for overnight or for atleast 6-8 hours.
    Wash and remove the soaked water.
    Pour enough water to cover the Horsegrams.
    Pressure cook the lentils for 6-8 whistles.
    Drain the cooked water and leave it aside.
    Soak Tamarind in water for few minutes and extract tamarind juice out of it.
    Heat Sesame Oil in a pan, lower the flame, splutter Cumin seeds and Peppercorns.
    Saute Garlic cloves along with it.
    Add chopped Tomato and cook until it turns soft.
    Finally add cooked Horse gram into it and mix well along with some salt.
    Remove from fire and allow it to cool.
    Grind this into a fine paste.
    Heat Sesame oil in a pan, splutter Mustard seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Dry Red Chillies and Curry Leaves.
    Lower the flame, sprinkle Asafoetida Powder and pour in the Tamarind extract into it.
    Add ground Paste and mix well.
    Pour in the excess water used to cook Horse gram and mix well.
    Lower the flame and allow it to boil.
    Add Salt to taste and a pinch of Jaggery.
    Garnish with Coriander Leaves.
    Serve it hot with Rice.


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