🔐 Lockdown Rasam 🥣 An Ital Recipe 👨‍🍳 Tasty Tuesday #128

in GEMS2 years ago (edited)

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Rasam is one of my family's favorite soups, and this recipe is the one we eat most often.

A little runnier than sambar, some rasam recipes contain no lentils at all, and will stretch a dollar much more than dal. I think this is great submission for Qurator's Tasty Tuesday competition. The link is below.

Qurator's Tasty Tuesday #128

Lockdown Rasam?

     Feeling a bit stir-crazy from all the lockdown regulations imposed by Suriname, we decided to make a rasam from what we could find in the garden. We have been bored, so I got a little silly with this post to keep you entertained.

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     Never violently boil rasam, but do treat it with respect by always using a low simmer to avoid foam, a less delicious taste and burned lentils on the bottom of your pan.

A Lovely Lockdown Rasam Recipe

Ingredients

Rasam
⋆ toor dal - ½ cup
⋆ tamarind pulp - ping pong ball
⋆ tomatoes - 2 small
⋆ pumpkin flowers - 10 to 12
⋆ turmeric powder - ½ tsp
⋆ sambar powder - 1 tbsp
⋆ hing - ¼ tsp
⋆ fresh curry leaves - small sprig

Chaunk / Tempering
⋆ oil - 2 tsp
⋆ mustard seeds - 1 tsp
⋆ cumin seeds - 1 tsp
⋆ dried chilies - 2 whole
⋆ fresh curry leaves - small sprig
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👨‍🍳 Cooking Method 🔪

Before You Feel Hungry

     Rasam is not difficult to make, but often never gets created because you need to lay a foundation one meal before you are hungry.

     With proper foresight though, rasam can be enjoyed by both the working-class and the Illuminati that rule the world.

STEP 1

Wash and sterilize your tiny orange lockdown friends until the water runs clear.

Soak dal in 1½ cups water at least 6 hours while you hide from the freemasons.
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Rasam Base

     Just as the Illuminati that rule the world meet at their base in Bohemian Grove in California to remain powerful, a wicked powerful rasam needs a base in which to dominate your taste buds.

STEP 1

Soak the tamarind pulp in 2 cups water.

Strain pulp and seeds.
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STEP 2

Chop or dice the tomatoes while hiding from facial recognition cameras.

Now put the tomatoes, turmeric powder, tamarind water, sambar powder, hing, curry leaves and salt in sufficiently sized pot.
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STEP 3

With a medium-low flame, slowly bring your rasam base to a simmer, then lower the flame to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Grab a corona-free stranger to watch your rasam while you go out and support a local protest.

Reserve your rasam base somewhere safe from the government's prying eyes.
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The Protein

     Rasam has far less protein that sambar and dal, and some rasams have contain no dal at all, but I prefer to use a bit of dal for protein so that the soup is more filling.

STEP 1

Hide the family and pressure cook the dal and 1½ cups soaking water for 2-3 whistles.
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STEP 2

Let dal cool with the lid off until it reaches room temperature.

Note: Leave the lid on the pressure cooker until all steam has escaped, especially if you are the proud owner of a face.
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STEP 3

Mash the dal a bit with the back of a spoon, or grind it via machine.

The finer you grind the dal, the thicker your rasam will be.
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STEP 4

Transfer the lentil paste to your rasam base while avoiding shapeshifting lizard people.
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STEP 5

Bring the rasam back to a low simmer while stirring often, then kill the flames and reserve your rasam for the tempering process.

If you don't stir often your reward will be a burned and bitter lentil sponge on the bottom of your pot.
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Control Your Temper

     No matter how angry you get at the Illuminati, it's best to control your temper with a mix of spices, as it will make your rasam pop even more.

STEP 1

Heat the oil for tempering, then add the tempering spices.

When the mustard seeds and curry leaves stop spluttering, turn off the heat.
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STEP 2

Pour the tempering onto the rasam and enjoy with rice, idlis or dosa.

Eat rasam with family at least 2 meters away from other rasam-eating families.
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Enjoy your rasam, and if you made it this far, I hope you laughed along the way.

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🙏 THANKS FOR READING 🙏

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