Saturday, January 8, 2011

Kollu (Horse gram) Rasam

Horse gram - 1 cup
*Toor dhal - 2 tsp
*Dhaniya - 4 tsp
*Pepper - 2 tsp
*Cummin - 1 tsp
*Red Chilli - 4
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Dry coconut powder - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - for seasoning
Ghee - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - few

Fry the horse gram in a dry pan for few minutes and pressure cook it. With 1 tsp ghee fry the ingredients (decorated with *) and powder it with coconut and set aside. Reduce 1/2 of cooked horse gram into a paste and add 3 cups of water, asafoetida, turmeric, tamarind paste and salt. Bring it to a boil. Then add the powdered ingredients and add remainder of cooked horse gram. When it starts boiling - season with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add more water if the rasam is too thick.

This rasam is particularly good for losing weight and is a cure for arthritis and knee pains.

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