When in India we used to visit the temples in the north west karnataka belt atleast once a year. Udupi and Aanegudde are my favourites among them. The first thing that comes to my mind is the rasam and sambar served in the temples there....yummy!!!
Rasam especially is just heavenly. I love 
the flavour of the masalas blended into the dish
I tried udupi rasam at home and my hubby just loved it... Here goes the recipe for the same...

Prep. Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2-3


Tomatoes: 1 medium sized
Corriander seeds: 2 tsp
Red chillies: 5-6 nos (adjust as per taste)
Black pepper: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Fenugreek (methi seeds): 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut: 1/2 cup
Jaggery powder: 1 tblsp
Tamarind paste: 1/2 tsp
(or juice from a ping-pong ball sized lump)
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Cilantro chopped: 1/2 cup
Curry leaves: a sprig
Oil for tempering
Salt as per taste


Dry roast the chillies, pepper, cumin seeds, fenugreek and corriander seeds. Grind into a powder along with coconut (slightly coarse) using a mixer. This powder can be stored for future use if ground without coconut. I have given measurements required for the rasam. 
Add tomatoes, salt and the tamarind paste with sufficient water to make the rasam dilute and bring to a boil.
Once the raw smell of tamarind is gone, add the ground powder and mix well. Boil for 2-3 more minutes. Add the powdered jaggery and mix well. 
In a kadai heat oil, add the mustard seeds. Once they sputter add the asafoetida and add this to the rasam. Add chopped cilantro and curry leaves.
Serve the steaming hot rasam with rice and enjoy!

Ciao till next time...Have fun! Vidya.


Gowri Ramkumar said...

Nice! I haven't tried this anytime before. Will do it soon.

sangeeta said...

i love rasam..but never tried any other version than my tried n tested coriander one..i'll try this one .

Vidya said...

@Gowri & sangeeta: Thanks! Do try, you will like it.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing this receipe.its worth trying .

Anonymous said...

When do you add the dal? I don't believe you include this step in your recipe. can you pls. clarify?