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Monday, July 19, 2010

Carrot Rasam

This is a scrumptious alternative to the regular rasam recipe. Super healthy carrots form the basis to this offbeat rasam and this would be a wonderful surprise to your guests.
Serve this with hot rice or drink it as a soup.

For 6 - 8 servings:
About 1 cup peeled and cubed carrots (4 small sized carrots or 2 big sized ones)
Rasam powder (home made / store bought) - 3 tsp*
A small lime sized tamarind ball
Salt to taste
1 tsp jaggery powder / sugar (very optional)
For tadka: 2 tsp ghee / oil, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds, few pinches of asafoetida powder, few curry leaves, 1 slit green chili, 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
Minced cilantro

* In the absence of rasam powder, add 2 more green chilies and add pepper powder as needed.

How to do it:
1. Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of water for about 30 minutes or nuke it in MW for 3 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind puree.
2. Cook carrot cubes in about a cup of water for 6- 8 minutes in the microwave or stovetop.
3. Grind the carrots along with water into a fine puree.
4. Heat oil in a kadai or a saucepan. Add mustard and cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle, add the other tadka ingredients and saute for about 30 seconds.
5. Then add the carrot puree, about 3 cups of water, tamarind juice, rasam powder, salt and jaggery if using. Taste and adjust the seasonings if any needed. Add cilantro and bring the whole mixture to a boil. Turn off the stove.

This goes to Siri's Healing Foods event; guest hosted by me this month, with the theme Carrots.

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PranisKitchen said...

carrot rasam sounds interesting.. anyway we can call it as a helathy rasam.. really delicious and lovely color it has

Kairali sisters said...

Carrot rasam looks stunning Suma..Def a good variation from regualr rasams...


Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Lovely pic.

Torviewtoronto said...

Looks delicious never tried carrots in rasam

Prathibha said...

Never thought of making rasam wid carrot...good one..

Priya said...

Such a tempting and comforting food, nice variation from the regular rasam..

J said...

uhmmm delicious!

suma said...

Interesting and inviting looking rasam Suma..

Niloufer Riyaz said...

simply love to have that delicious Rasam

jayasree said...

Looks like a marriage between carrot soup and rasam. Very interesting.

Kiran said...

Carrot rasam looks delicious.

Trupti said...

carrot rasam looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Vegetarian Yogini said...

this is very original indeed, since the only rasams I know I clear ines, with just tomato added as veggie! Thanks!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Carrot Rasam looks delicious..Definitely kids will love it for its slightly sweet taste.

kitchen queen said...

New and innovative recipe of carrot rasam which is healthy and nutritious too.