Feb 22, 2009

Lemon rasam and a Thank You note!

You must all be wondering where I disappeared for ages! It took me sometime to come back to normal after our visit to India. I had the chance to learn many new dishes from my mom and my mother-in-law during my trip. Hopefully I will be trying them all soon and posting them here. The weather in California has been cold during the past week which is quite abnormal during this time of the year.. This lemon rasam is perfect for such a weather and it is quite simple and easy to make..It is an ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in minutes.

Ingredients

Cooked Toor Dhall - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1 finely chopped
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1 inch
Lemon juice - from 1 medium sized lemon
Salt or to taste
Few sprigs of coriander leaves

For the tempering

Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Ghee - 1 teaspoon

Directions

Chop tomatoes finely, also chop green chillies and ginger.

In a heavy bottomed pan, on medium heat, add 2 cups of water, chopped tomatoes, green chillies and ginger. Allow it to boil for about 5 minutes or till the tomatoes turn tender. Add turmeric, pepper powder and salt. Add coriander leaves. Finally add the cooked dhall and let it simmer for about 3 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice and mix well. Take care not to add the lemon juice while the rasam is still on heat. This makes the rasam turn bitter.

In a small pan do the tempering with ghee, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add the tempering to the rasam and stir well.

Serve hot with rice and curry of your choice.

This rasam is a simple dish to make on lazy nights for dinner. Hence I am sending this to Recipes for the rest of us - Dinner hosted at dear Siri's Place and started by Ramki


And coming to the thank you note, I know it is too late to thank my dear friend Siri for sending me this valuable gift for winning MBP:Cheese. It was a pleasant surprise to get the gift when i received all my mails after our return from India. It was an amazing book - "The Well Decorated Cake' by Toba Garrett. Thanks a lot Siri and thanks again to all my dear blogger friends who voted for me!





45 comments:

  1. Hi DV, so good to see you back from India. Hope I don't get confused again! ;D

    Lemom Rasam looks yummy! Enjoy the book too, hope to see more mom's dishes here! :)

    It's so cold everywhere in US this year, Spring is so slow to appear.

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  2. Hi divya..Nice to see you back..Hope u enjoyed in India at most..Hot rasam sadam is my fav ..Looks good

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  3. Hi divya..Nice to see you back..Hope u enjoyed in India at most..Hot rasam sadam is my fav ..Looks good

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  4. Hi divya..Nice to see you back..Hope u enjoyed in India at most..Hot rasam sadam is my fav ..Looks good

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  5. Hi Divya, nice to see you back..lemon rasam looks delicious, perfect for the cold weather we are having right now too :-)

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  6. Welcome back with rasam. It is wet in CA and is still under drought danger! Hope u re settled down after the trip!

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  7. hey nice template. welcome back and i expect more recipes frequently from you. lemon rasam is yummy....

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  8. This is one of my favorite rasams, just perfect for winters. Congrats on winning MBP, I'm going to come back for some gorgeous cakes soon :)

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  9. I am a gr8 fan of this lemon rasam. Enjoy your book! :)

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  10. I really was thinking of you last week. Nice to see you back. Lemon rasam is my favorite too.

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  11. Welcome back, Divya!! I can understand the break extension:) Sunny lemony rasam!! Congrats on your win!

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  12. Hi Divya, good to see u back here. Lemon rasam looks appetizing.
    Congrats for the book.

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  13. Hey Div..welcome back!!So good to see your post and the comments on mine!!Nice to have you back..Hope you had a great time in India..looking fwd to new recipes from you..lemon rasam looks delicious and tangy rasam is a treat anytime of the year!!and yeah..congrats on the book,looking fwd for new recipes from that one too!!

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  14. hey divya nice to see you back. good to add ginger.

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  15. welcome back Divya! How are you? Missing you around!

    Lemon rasam look so mouth-watering. Nice pics.

    Congrats again on winning the prize. The book looks great.

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  16. yes lemon rasam perfect for the cold weather..
    lovely book..congrats..

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  17. Hi divya, welcome back..
    And congrats for the book..

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  18. Glad to see u back, hope u had a great time in India...Lemon rasam looks delicious..

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  19. Nice to see you back :) Congrats on winning. The rasam looks delicious! I can imagine the yummy tangy flavour!

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  20. lemon rasam looks yummy & delicious.. welcome back..

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  21. welcome back divya. lemon rasam is looking delicious.

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  22. rasam is delicious....welcome back:)

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  23. lemon rasam is superb i can feel the aroma...wonderful....always moms recipes rocks....

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  24. Good to have you back,do post some awesome passed down recipes.yummy rasam.

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  25. This looks really tasty, and great for the weather we get in New England this time of year.

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  26. Lemon rasam is just what i need for this persistent sore throat I've had the past couple days! Looks like u had a lovely trip to India. Looking forward to your mom's and mil's recipes

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  27. Nice to see you back in action after a hiatus!I love lemon rasam too!

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  28. hey,good to see you after a long time.Congrats on the award.lemon rasam is my mother-in-law's favorite one!Waiting to see more recipes.

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  29. I love the flavour of lemon rasam too - looks great.

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  30. Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed your india trip.. Rasam looks delicious!

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  31. Thank you for the receipe. Please post them in www.newspaanai.com and invite more readers to your blog. It is a tamil social bookmarking website and it has a separate receipecorner for receipes. For easy posting of your articles with once click of a button please visit http://www.newspaanai.com/easylink.php

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  32. Good to see you back in action Divya.:) the lemon rasam looks so comforting. wish I cud grab the whole bowl and have it as soup!. I am so gla you liked my small gift. :D

    Cheers,
    Siri

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  33. he welcome back. hope to c lots of new recipes u learnt. its so difficult to get back on track after a trip back from india.

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  34. This is one of my Absolute favorites! We add tomatoes to give it more color and additional tang but this looks just as good :)

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  35. welcome bck,..how u dng long time,..:-)nd congrts for winnin such a nice book,..:-)hppy weekend,..

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  36. Welcome back Divya. Hope to see some of those recipes you have learned and your lemon rasam sounds delicious.

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  37. good to see you back Divya .. I loved Lemon rasam too. perfect for winters ..

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  38. Hi Divya! Welcome back! I'm sure you had a blast in India..:) Lemon rice looks very tempting.. I love lemon rasam..

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  39. Welcome back to the blogworld Divya:-0) now get to read all ur poasts again. that's a refreshing recipe.

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  40. Good to have you back divya...was hoping you will have time to call in..:(..anyway great to know you enjoyed your trip!

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  41. Good to see u back dear, that too with my favorite rasam. Lemon rasam makes me feel hungry :) Enjoy the book.

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  42. This looks like a great dish to make when you aren't feeling good.

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  43. Hi,
    I tried this and it came out very good.

    Thanks.
    Karthik

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  44. I was a little skeptical at first, but this turned out to be one of the best Rasams I made.

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