Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Black Pepper Soup (Pepper Rasam)

Black Pepper Soup (Pepper Rasam)
In winters, people would avoid cold food and eatables and would want hot and spicy things to consume. In this page, I describe one such item. It is Black Pepper Soup or Pepper Rasam as they call it in South India. All of us know pepper is a well known herb cum spice and it has medicinal properties. It is a nature’s medicine for cold and fever. This soup can be drunk hot or cold. It can be eaten with rice too.  
2 tsp              Tur dal
2 tsp              Black pepper
1 tsp              Cumin seeds
3 tsp              Coriander powder
1 tsp              Salt
¼ tsp              Turmeric powder
¼ tsp              Asafetida
1 tsp              Tamarind paste
3 nos              Red chilli
1 tsp              Ghee
½ tsp              Mustard seeds
Few                Curry leaves
1 bulb            Fresh garlic (peeled)
  • ·       Soak toor dal, dhania , pepper, cumin seeds and red chillies in hot water.
  • ·        Take 2 cups of water in a vessel boil garlic for 5 minutes, add salt, turmeric powder ,turmeric powder, tamarind paste, asafetida and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • ·        Grind the soaked items as per first step with a few cloves of garlic into a coarse paste and mix in the tamarind liquid and let it boil for 10 minutes till the raw smell fades. Add 2-3 cups of water, garnish with crackled mustard seeds and curry leaves.

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