Subru Uncle's Delicious Spicy S.indian Rasam Curry We Love

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep
50 mins
Cook
1 hr

This is what Subru uncle has been making for the last 13 years for all of us to drink when we are down with cold or cough or fever or a bad throat(in short, when we are down with flu, this is our "HOMEMADE TONIC THAT WORKS LIKE MAGIC"! This REALLY works to cure us without a trip to the doctor! I'd say that this is the vegetarian equivalent to a bowl of chicken soup that non-vegetarians enjoy when down with the flu. We love this over a bowl of steaming hot long-grain cooked Basmati rice. Those who find this curry very spicy, can add some yogurt to rice and then mix in this curry and eat. To be enjoyed best, you simply got to eat this with your fingers! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! This is one curry that we take to all the potlucks we go to, and, this is LOVED by everyone! Note that you can use plain water instead of the boiled yellow lentils water. Using the boiled lentils water makes this wonderful dish more flavourful!

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. With the help of a pestle, pound ginger, garlic and whole black peppercorns in a mortar as nicely as you can until the peppercorns are completely crushed and the ginger and garlic are completely softened.
  2. Keep aside.
  3. Extract tamarind pulp out of tamarind by soaking 4-5 one-inch sized pieces in 1 1/2 cups of hot water.
  4. Press these tamarind pieces to squeeze out the juice/pulp out of the tamarind.
  5. Transfer the tamarind pulp in a clean bowl.
  6. Keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in a pot on medium-high flame.
  8. When its hot, add mustard seeds, methi seeds and cumin seeds.
  9. Allow to splutter and crackle.
  10. Once it stops spluttering and crackling, add curry leaves and green chillies.
  11. Stir-fry for a minute or two.
  12. Then add the whole red chillies and stir-fry for another minute.
  13. Add the above prepared ginger-garlic-black peppercorns mixture to the pot.
  14. Mix well.
  15. Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and corriander powder.
  16. Mix well and continue to stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  17. Put the chopped tomatoes in a bowl and crush them as tightly as you can between the palms of your hands.
  18. Squeeze them as well as you can to extract the juice/pulp out of them.
  19. Now add the crushed tomatoes alongwith the juice squeezed out.
  20. Mix well, add 1/4 cup of water and cook on high flame so as to allow the tomatoes to soften quickly.
  21. Add salt and mix well.
  22. Then add the boiled toor dal water (or 3 cups of plain water if you are using that).
  23. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  24. Lower flame, then add about 7 cups more of water.
  25. You can add upto 3-4 cups more also, if required.
  26. Mix well and allow it to boil for 15 minutes.
  27. Then add tamarind pulp and stir well.
  28. Boil for 10-15 more minutes.
  29. Garnish with corriander leaves and serve hot as a soup on its own or as a lentil curry to serve over rice with/without plain low-fat yogurt on the side.