April 6, 2016

Elumichai Pazham Rasam | Lemon Rasam | How to make Lemon Rasam (broth)

Sometimes, after a heavy food binge or perhaps in cold weather, one craves for simple fuss-free food ... on such days, for most of us at home, its Rasam (or a simple broth) which can be sipped as soup as well as had with piping hot rice / cooked Lapsi.


I love this Lemon Rasam (or Elumichai Pazham Rasam). Simple, satvic (no onion/ garlic) and comforting - thats how we like it. Can be made in a jiffy if you have cooked dal (lentils) at home : it takes max 15 mins to put this together while the rest of the meal is prepped. I served it with a simple dish of steamed rice, steamed broccoli stir fry. Goes well with pickle and papad too.

Other varieties of Rasam we make at home are:

Tomato Onion Rasam
Mysore Rasam
Vettalai Rasam (betel leaves Rasam)
Garlic Rasam (Poondu Rasam)
Jeeraga Milagu Rasam (Cumin-pepper Spicy Rasam)
Poricha Rasam (Spiced lentil rasam)
Tomato Rasam

Lets see how its made at my place.


Elumichai Rasam - Lemony broth (Rasam) |
Gluten Free Lentil broth flavoured with Lemon (can be made vegan too)

Prep time : 10 mins, cook time : 5 mins | Serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • Cooked Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu / pigeon peas - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric - a pinch
  • Hot water - 2 cups
  • Lemon juice - 1 TBSP
  • Ghee / oil - 1 tsp (use oil for vegan version)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, jeera / cumin seeds, red chillies broken (2 nos), chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.


Method:

  1. Soak dal and pressure cook Toor dal with turmeric and a drop of oil till mushy - takes 3 to 4 whistles in the cooker.
  2. Mash the dal well with the hot water.
  3. In a pan, add the mashed dal broth, salt and let it come to a rolling boil. 
  4. Make the tempering with ghee / oil and all the tempering ingredients. Add to the boiling rasam and switch off.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, add in the lemon juice and mix well.
  6. PS: Once you add the lemon, the rasam cannot be re-heated as it would turn bitter. So add accordingly 
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice, pickle / papad and a simple stir fry







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24 comments:

  1. Your post reminded me that I haven't posted a single rasam recipe even though I prepare it everyday. Love this rasam, Kalyani.

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  2. Even I love this simple rasam. Looks like it is going to be a day of lemon recipes for those doing Tamil cuisine. :)

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  3. You know i am a great fan of rasam , i must try the different versions you have on your blog . Lemon rasam sounds mouth watering 😀

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  4. Hey its raining rasams today. Love this

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  5. I am really tempted to sip on some steaming hot rasam. Looks amazing and lemon rasam is my favorite :)

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  6. the pics are very beautiful Kalyani..deep lemon colored rasam on steamed rice ..is how i would like to end a long day most times

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  7. Another lovely rasam. :) They are always everyone's favourite. Rasam with papad is a hearty meal for me.. :)

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  8. Nice pictures..I especially like the one with rice and this rasam..

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  9. Same pinch Kalyani. Even I made this but a little different. This is so tasty with hot rice. Love it..

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  10. Very comforting food love that picture with rice rasam and side dish perfect...

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  11. Yum, yummy looking lemon rasam Kalyani. Such a easy and comforting dish.

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  12. Comforting food and love your clicks. Yum

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  13. Your rasam looks so yummy Kalyani. And amazing clicks!!

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  14. I just saw Gayatri's rasam and now your post is tempting me again.You guys are killing me.Lovely rasam.

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  15. Lovely rasam Kalyani, looks delicious:)

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  16. Another version of ellumichai rasam,sounds inviting..

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  17. Can smell the flavor of this rasam, a different version from Gayathri's. Comforting food again.

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  18. I usually add a slit green chili and some chopped ginger also when its boiling! This is so perfect for the weather we are having now.

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  19. although I have tried a number of different rasams I havent done lemon yet must have such a bright flavor

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  20. I love to sip rasam no matter what the season is!! And that pic of rasam over the rice looks so appetizing Kalyani. I would love to have that plate right now...

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  21. Slurplicious kalyani!!! Looks very tempting!! Flavorful rasam! !

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  22. Good choice for E. Flavourful lemon rasam!!

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  23. Looks very tempting Kal. Lovely choice

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  24. Rasam is my all time favourite! It is a pure comfort food!

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Kalyani

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