Dal Rasam Or Paruppu Rasam

Dal rasam or paruppu rasam.
Rasam with pigeon pea or arhar/toor dal. An easy simple yet lip smacking and no onion garlic recipe.
Slightly tangy hot and delicious Indian soup.
You can reduce the amount of chilli if you don’t like it spicy. Serve it with steamed rice or enjoy as soup. I love it as a hot comforting soup in winter days. But today I have served it with steamed rice, eggplant or brinjal and parwal or pointed gourd fry and mix vegetable. Simple and pure vegetarian lunch.

According to Wikipedia rasam, chaaru, saaru or kabir is a South Indian dish, traditionally prepared using kokum or tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings. Steamed lentils can be added along with any preferred vegetables.

Sending this post to 214 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Rasam Raga theme suggested by a dear friend and very talented bloggger Priya Iyer who blogs at The world through my eyes.
Do visit her blog for some wonderful recipes and travel storie. She has a vast collection of authentic and innovative recipes. I specially loved her chutney recipes. Priya recently shared an unique chutney recipe Ivy gourd chutney.
I have bookmarked it to try. This week Priya suggested that everyone try to make rasam with some variation. We don’t have to follow authentic recipe.

So here is a rasam recipe in a very easy way. You don’t need rasam powder to make it. And taste is lip smacking. I didn’t use rasam powder and instead of rasam powder I have used black pepper powder, cumin, coriander powder and methi or fenugreek seeds. But if you want to use rasam powder omit these powder spices and methi or fenugreek seeds. You can also use lemon juice instead of tamarind paste.

Recipe

Tuar dal – 1/4cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tomato – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1, chopped, optional

Dry red chilli – 1-2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin Powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 1 tablespoon

Tamarind or imli paste – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon

Water – 3 &1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the lentil and pressure cook with 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and salt. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

2. Whisk the dal or lentil well. Add tamarind paste jaggery powder and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds.
Add dry red chilli, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida.

4/ Now add the chopped tomatoes. Add green chilli if using. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.

5. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder and coriander leaves. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.

6. Add boiled dal and mix well. Add 2 cup water and mix. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes.

7. You can add more water if required.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add more tamarind paste if you like the tangy taste.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice or enjoy as soup.

Notes
1. If you like your rasam hot add more green chilli or skip green chilli to make it mildly spicy.
2. Minced or finely chopped garlic can be used in tempering.
3. You can use lemon juice instead of tamarind paste. If you don’t like the sourness use only one teaspoon tamarind paste.

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Red Lentil Soup

Red lentil soup.
A delicious comforting and flavourful soup. Very easy to make and nutritious. Serve it as a comforting meal with a dash of lemon juice or serve it with rice or bread.

Earlier made a Lebanese lentil soup with whole red lentils and loved the taste so tried this with red lentils. Its equally delicious.

You may like some more lentil recipes in this blog.

Lebanese Lentil Lemon Soup

Beetroot dal or lentil curry

Whole Masoor dal or brown or red lentils

Red lentil fritters in sour gravy

Red lentils, also known as Masoor dal, are an extremely popular lentil in India. They are grown all over the country and consumed for their various health benefits. Red lentils are extremely good for your skin and can prevent issues like rapid ageing and acne. They can also be used to lighten the skin and get rid of tans. Red lentils promote weight loss and are very good for your digestion due to the high amounts of fiber present in this lentil. It is good for diabetics as it regulates the random spikes and drops in the glucose level in the blood. It is abundantly rich in proteins and minerals, which help boost various systems in your body. It is very good for your bones, teeth, and eyesight because of this. It can reduce the risk of cancer due to its anticancer properties and is known for reducing bowel, colon, lung, and breast cancer risks. Moreover, due to its high antioxidant content, it is very beneficial for your immune system and can help prevent a ton of diseases and infections.
Read more about red lentil here.

This lemon flavoured lentil soup is very easy to make. You can use your pressure cooker to make it. But better to cook in open pot for taste. Soup will be more tasty if you will cook it in open pot.

Recipe

Red lentils or Masoor dal – 1 cup

Carrot – 2 medium

Potato – 1, optional

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Bay leaf – 1

Garlic – 3 – 4, minced

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Tomato – 1, chopped

Baby spinach – 100 gram, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 cup

Dried mint leaves – 3 tablespoon, crushed

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 5 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Zest of 1 lemon

Method

1. Peel and cut the carrot and potato in cubes.

2. Rinse and chop the spinach.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add onion and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes translucent.

4. Add grated ginger, carrot, and potato. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Now add spinach and tomato. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or till the tomato becomes soft.

6. Add lentils, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Mix well.

7. Add water and crushed dried mint leaves. Let it boil.

8. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on low heat till lentils becomes soft. It will take 25 – 30 minutes. Don’t cover the pan.

9. When lentils becomes soft add lemon zest and lemon juice. You can add more water if require.

10. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more lemon juice if require.

11. Garnish with mint and coriander leaves, lemon wedges and chopped tomatoes or fresh red chilli. I have used small pieces of fresh red chilli.

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Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup / Guest Post By Vishal Amin


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Broccoli almond cheese soup.
A healthy and delicious soup by Vishal Amin. Always amazed by his food photography and recipes. Super talented Vishal is not only avid cook but a businessman, excellent photographer, musician and traveller.
I saw this soup on Instagram and requested Vishal to share the recipe with my readers.
So here is his first guest post for this blog. Thanks Vishal for this wonderful recipe.
Now over to Vishal Amin.

‘Railway Mutton Curry’
The dish that introduced me to Sujata Roy.
This dish was suggested by my sister as it was her most favourite mutton back in days when she was a non-Vegetarian.
I searched for it in a food group and I saw ‘Batter Up With Sujata’
And I fell in love with the story that she had narrated about ‘Railway Mutton Curry’. As my sister had told me the same history about this dish.
I was even more amazed after making the dish following Sujata Roy’s recipe of the same.
She is not just a Home Cook. She is a Mother who is a Home Chef. And you see a lot of that love on her face! I feel, there’s no better chef in the world than a Mother.
Thank you Sujataji for making me part of your wonderful blog.

I, Vishal Amin, am a businessman involved in the manufacturing sector. Different food ingredients interested me from my childhood. It was my Mom’s wish to make me extremely Independent from young age. One fine Sunday morning, she handed me a pan and few eggs. And said ‘Mr Amin’, make your own breakfast. And I was only 10.
I can’t believe that I managed to make an Omelette but turned it into Bhurji without salt 🙂

But yes, from that day began my love story with cooking! For the last few years it has become my passion.

Yes, I experiment a lot in the kitchen. So I am a Home Cook who loves to chop onions a lot.
My biggest winner is that, ‘I never make same mistakes twice’

Today I am presenting a simple bowl of hearty ‘Broccoli Almond and Cheese Soup’
A simple recipe which is easy to follow for anyone.

I hope you like it!

Cheers

One of the most taste bud satisfying soup

~ Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup

Would definitely ask for another bowl

Easy to make and healthy meal

Specially I love it in Winter Days .
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My Mom’s Favourite 💕 .

Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup
By Vishal Amin

Recipe

Broccoli – 400 gram

Onion – 1 (Finely Chopped)

Garlic cloves – 2 (Finely Chopped)

Soaked Almonds – 10

Vegetable Stock (Maggie Stock Cube) – 500 ml

Milk – 1/2 cup

Cheese (Cheddar) – 2 slices (Optional)

Butter – 1 teaspoon

Pepper – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Boil Broccoli with Stock Cube in about 600 ml water.

2. Strain the water and keep it for later use.

3. Heat butter in an pan and sauté the onions and garlic.

4. Add boiled broccoli and stir well.

5. Whisk the soaked almonds and crush it with 1/2 cup of milk in a blender to form almond paste. Add it to the sauté mix.

6. Blend Broccoli mix in a blender to make a puree.

7. Boil this puree and add cheese slices. Mix well to get a good soupy consistency and turn the flame to minimum.

8. Flavour it with salt and pepper.

9. Serve the Warm soup with a Bread of your choice.
Enjoy the hot comforting and delicious soup.

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Zan 

After Awadhi cuisine now sharing a dish from Arunachal Pradesh.

Zan 

 A thick porridge from Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh, also called “the land of rising sun”,or orchid state of india,down-lit of mountain, lies in northeast India. The state is the largest of the North-Eastern states.

This is kind of a porridge or thick broth made with vegetables and it is both healthy and delicious. This is what usually Monpa farmers eat before going to fields. You will need flour, chopped vegetables, water, salt and butter. You may take diverse vegetables like cabbage, peas, chopped carrots or even broccoli.

At first, you need to roast the wheat flour in butter till it becomes light brown. Add some water to it and stir and simmer. After some time, add the blanched veggies and stir cook them in broth for a while. This can be served hot with fermented soybeans.

Source 

Sending this post to Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge

This month my partner is Aruna Panangipally who blog at http://aahaaramonline.com/

Aruna gave me two ingredients millet flour and greens. I have used finger millet or ragi. A low fat and calcium, iron, protein, fiber and mineral rich gluten free flour which is easy to digest.  Thanks Aruna for these delicious and healthy ingredients. Everyone loved the dish. A perfect dish for winter. A very easy and simple yet delicious and healthy dish. 

Recipe


Ragi or finger millet flour – 2 tablespoon

Spinach – 1 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped

Cauliflower – 1/2 cup, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup, boiled or frozen

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ghee/clarified butter or butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Little oil to saute the vegetables

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Herbs of your choice

Method


Heat little oil in a nonstick pan. Add all the vegetables. Cook on low flame. Stir occasionally. Cook till the vegetables becomes tender.

Remove from heat and keep aside.

Heat ghee/clarified butter or butter in a pan. Add finger millet flour or ragi atta.

Fry till you get nice roasted fragrance.

Dissolve the roasted flour in little water. Stir well and make it lump free.

Add 1 cup water and mix well. Let it boil.

Add all the sauted vegetables.

Add salt and pepper. You can add any herbs of your choice.

Mix well and cook till it becomes thick. You can add more water if you like it little runny. I love it thick.

Cook till you get your desired consistency.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more black pepper powder if required.

Serve hot in breakfast with toasted bread or enjoy a bowlful of this healthy and delicious zan.
Notes – 

1. You can add origano or soya sauce if you like. 

2. You can use broccoli or any vegetables of your choice. 

3. Before serving you can add grated cheese over it. 

4. You can use any flour instead of ragi or finger millet. 

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Tomato Cilantro Egg Drop Soup 


  • Tomato cilantro egg drop soup.

A power packed soup for glowing skin and the overall health of our bodies.

Winter is knocking at the door. So our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Soup. My contribution is this delicious soup to stay warm and nourished in this cold season.

Some soups are not so healthy and unsuitable for diabetics because of lots of cream and other fat laden ingredients added. So here is a lip-smacking soup recipe for everyone.

Flavoured with garlic, lemon, ginger and cilantro.

Tomatoes have vitamins, minerals, protein and dietary fibers to maintain healthy skin and other body organs. Its helps to lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, prevent cancer, fight inflammation and improve eye health. Apart from these it gives you radiant skin.

And lemon is a rich source of vitamin c. It protects the body against immune system deficiencies and serves as a powerful antibacterial.

Recipe is very simple and easy. You don’t need any fancy ingredients. You can use whatever you have in your pantry. I have used only tomatoes and cilantro but you can add grated carrots or any vegetables of your choice. Make a healthy bowlful to warm you up in this cold season.

Recipe 


Tomatoes – 4 large chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves  – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon chopped

Onion – 2 chopped

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Shredded tender coconut – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon optional

Bay leaf – 1

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Water or stock or coconut milk – 2 cup

Oil or butter – 2 tablespoon

Method 


Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add the bay leaf, chopped onion and garlic. Saute till the onion becomes translucent. Don’t make it brown.

Now add the chopped tomatoes, cilantro, coconut and grated ginger. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

Add salt, black pepper powder and red chilli powder. You can omit red chilli powder if you don’t like it hot. I have used it to add some colour in the soup.

Add 2 cup vegetable stock or coconut milk or water or chicken or mutton stock. Use whatever you have. I have used half water half coconut milk.

Let it boil. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and mix. Let it cool down.

Discard the bay leaf and blend the mixture until smooth. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and keep aside.

Pour it again in the pan. Add more water or stock. I have added 1 and 1/2 cup more. Add as you like your soup, thick or thin. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

When it starts to boil add the beaten eggs slowly. Stir gently. Eggs will cook immediately. If you don’t like eggs you can skip this step.

Cook until you get your desired consistency. Garnish with coriander leaves, grated coconut, tomato slice and scallion or spring onion.

Serve piping hot. Add some more lemon juice and back pepper powder if require.

Or if you are serving to your kids add spoonful of butter and grated cheese.

Stay healthy stay happy.

Enjoyyyy

Green Gram/Moong Carrot Spinach Soup

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Green gram carrot spinach soup.
A very healthy and nutritious soup with the goodness of green gram, carrot and spinach.

Green Moong lentils are loaded with nutritional health benefits. By eating Green Mung lentils or dal you get high protein, low calorie food that is packed with vitamins and minerals.
A best filling option for those who wants to shed kilos.

Carrot is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Furthermore, carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Carrot is also a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti aging.

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline.

Carrot spinach green gram soup is very easy to make and filling.

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Recipe

Carrot – 1 peeled and chopped

Spinach – 1 cup cleaned washed and chopped

Green gram or whole moong – 1/2 cup washed and soaked for at least 2-3 hours or over night

Tomato – 2 chopped

Onion -1 diced

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece grated or chopped, optional

Salt to taste

Pepper powder to taste

Lemon juice to taste (optional)

Butter  – 1 tablespoon or as much you like.

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Method

Pressure  cook spinach, carrot, onion, tomato, ginger and green gram or whole moong with enough water for 5-6 whistle. You can use butter fried garlic too if you like.

Let the pressure cooker cool down.
Blend in a blender. Boil the mixture with salt and pepper powder. Add water if require 

Taste and adjust the salt and pepper. Add lemon juice if you like.
Serve hot with a spoon full of butter.
Enjoy your low calorie healthy and yummy soup.

Spinach Carrot Beans Beet And Almond Soup

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Spinach carrot beans,  beet, cucumber and almond soup.
Low fat, delicious and warming. This vegetable and almond soup is very nutrients and filling. You will love the flavour of oregano and lemon.

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Recipe

Spinach – 1 and 1/2 cup washed and chopped

Carrot – peeled and chopped

Coriander leaves – 2 teaspoon chopped

Beans – 1/2 cup chopped

Cucumber – 1/2 cup chopped

Beetroot – peeled and chopped

Capsicum – 1/2 of 1 capsicum roasted peeled and chopped

Tomatoes – 2 chopped

Onion -1 diced

garlic -1-2 roasted peeled and chopped

Almonds  – 5-6 soaked and peeled

Salt to taste

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

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Method

Roast the capsicum and garlic on flame with the help of a knife or fork until the skin starts to become become black.

Wash under running water or dip in cold water and peel. Chop and mix with other chopped vegetables.

Pressure cook with 2 glass water and salt. After 1 whistle cook on low flame for 20 minutes.

Let it cool. Add oregano. Blend the mixture with a hand blender or mixer grinder. You can add water to get your desired consistency. I like the soup thick.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add lemon juice.
Serve with black paper powder and butter or cheese.

You can add little more lemon juice if you like.