My New Dishes, Rasam, & Maheswari's Vendaikkai Puzhicurry

My bf went to India recently, and brought me back these dishes and also a couple of cookbooks. Needless to say, I was REALLY happy :) The middle dish contains a recipe from Maheswari's Beyond The Usual that my daughter and I REALLY loved!!! The leftmost dish contains an Onion Rasam recipe from Chandra Padmanabhan's Southern Spice, which I am going to share here :)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pigeon peas
  • small marble size ball of tamarind (marble I know ;)
  • 1 medium tomato, quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon rasam powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida powder
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dessicated coconut
  • salt, to taste
To Temper:
  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 dry, red chili, halved
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
Method:
  1. Wash dal and drain. Place in pressure cooker with 1 cup water and cook under pressure for 5 minutes.
  2. Add more water to dal and strain to make 1 1/2 cups of dal water. Set aside.
  3. Soak tamarind in 1 cup water for 10 minutes. Extract juice and discard pulp.
  4. Combine tamarind juice, tomato, spice powders, onion, coconut, and salt in pan. Place over high heat and bring to boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes till onion is tender and the raw aroma of tamarind disappears.
  6. Add dal water and bring to boil. When rasam begins to froth, remove from heat.
  7. Heat ghee for temering in a small pan over moderate heat and add remaining ingredients for tempering. When mustard seeds start sputtering, stir contents of pan into rasam.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves, and enjoy!

35 comments:

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Wow! super delish thali! I am getting hungry here!

Cham said...

I was about to ask, even u ve some stainless steel plate! Great Meeso, Very authent Indian Thali!

Vani said...

Wow, you're serving traditional SOuth Indian fare in the traditional thali with katoris! Nice! Everything looks fab, Meeso. And beautiful pic of your daughter too :)

Sujatha said...

nice thali! it looks extra special when you're using nice traditional stainless steel utensils:)

Onion rasam sounds fabulous! I have never tasted it.. will soon try it..

Valarmathi said...

Wow delicious indian thali. Great meeso.

Cardamom said...

That is a beautiful thali indeed, I love to try out other bloggers' recipes.....some of them have become family favorites!!

cheers,trupti
the spice who loved me

Vishali said...

wow love all of the recipes ....my mouths watering !

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats a delicious thali! Looks inviting!

meeso said...

~ Thanks, everyone :)

Uma said...

that's a delicious platter Meeso! I can tell you enjoyed it very well!

Recipe man said...

YUM this looks great. i love currys

Vicky Xavier. said...

Very nice south Indian thaalli meals dear. U are so gifted to have such a nice bf. Pics look great. rasam recipe very useful. Nice plates and cups.

Aditi..............:) said...

Hats off to you sweety.....you make indian dishes like they are your own.....gotta learn a lot from you!!! :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow simply yummy....

Shubha said...

Wow meeso thats a super spread... love that thali... wanna eat now...:)

Navita said...

Meeso u are a true embodiement of cross culture affinity....ur bf must me blessing his stars...lol.

great recipe.

Lavi said...

WoW... Dishes Looks so Perfect!

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Uma, Recipe man, Vicky, Kitchen, and Lavi :)

~ LoL, Thanks, Aditi!

~ Thanks, Navita :)

Laavanya said...

I love pulikari too - my MIL makes it really well. What a tasty spread you have there Meeso.

Vandana Rajesh said...

wow lovely thali. Thks for dropping by my blog. This looks like such a wonderful menu for lunch.

Varsha Vipins said...

Amazingly yummy Thali..:)..Its so great to see u prepare all these Southi delicacies Meeso..:)

Mandira said...

wow, that looks delicious meeso! What a spread :)

veggie belly said...

yum! this reminds me of home :)

Superchef said...

i have CPs Southern Spice too. Love that book. And that thali is soo authentic and gorgoues!!!

Kevin said...

That meal looks good! Nice dishes.

Cynthia said...

I love your thali! I have rasam on my must-make list. Gosh, you've made me hungry!

niya said...

Hi Meeso

Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and comment.

Happy Vishu

Cheers

Have a nice day

Pavithra said...

Hey platter looks so yummy!!!!!!!!and tempting

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow...looks very authentic, I am amazed at your talent, all authentic food, very impressive.

Cilantro said...

First time here Meeso. Thank you for visiting Cilantro and your lovely comments. I see you cooking lot of Indian dishes. Thali looks great.

meeso said...

~ Thanks :))

Vcuisine said...

Your passion for cooking is amazing Meeso. Viji

Sia said...

Fantastic Thali, Messo :) isn't it pleasure to eat from different bowls and big steel plate? :)

niya said...

Hi Meeso

Thanks a lot ....

Have a nice day

Cheers

meeso said...

~ Thank you, Viji... Your comments are always appreciated :)

~ Thanks, Sia... Yes, I like it a lot!

~ Thanks, Niya!