pepper cumin rasam or milagu jeera rasam recipe with step by step photos – a spicy, tangy and hot rasam thats good during the winters.
i was having a terrible cold for the past few days. i made this rasam on one of these days. this rasam is excellent remedy for cough and cold. in the winters, whenever we have cold, i often end up making varieties of rasam. this pepper cumin rasam happens to be one of them. another similar version is this pepper rasam recipe (milagu rasam) which is also good for cough and cold.
apart from pepper and cumin, the rasam also has red chilies, coriander leaves and garlic. however, you can skip the garlic if you want to make a no onion no garlic version.
the rasam recipe is easy and does not require rasam powder.
pepper cumin rasam recipe below:
- ½ tablespoon black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
- ½ tablespoon cumin (jeera)
- 2 dry red chilies, halved and deseeded (sookhi lal mirch)
- 6 to 7 medium sized garlic (lahsun)
- ½ tablespoon tightly packed seedless tamarind, soaked in ½ cup warm water
- 1 medium tomato, crushed or chopped
- ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
- 1 to 1.25 cups water or add as required
- salt as required
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (sarson)
- 8 to 10 medium sized curry leaves (kadi patta)
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder, roughly 2 to 3 pinches of turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1-2 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 to 1.5 tablespoon oil
first just warm 1/2 cup water. soak tamarind in the warm water for 30 minutes. then squeeze the soaked tamarind to get the pulp. strain the tamarind pulp and keep aside.
in a grinder, take garlic, red chilies, black pepper and cumin seeds. grind coarsely or to a semi fine texture.
heat oil in a pan or pot. splutter mustard seeds first.
then add curry leaves and the coarsely ground spices.
saute for a minute. then add turmeric powder, asafoetida and chopped coriander leaves. stir very well.
then add crushed or chopped tomatoes. stir and saute for a minute or two.
then add tamarind pulp and water. season with salt.
stir and simmer rasam on a low to medium flame, without a lid, till the tomatoes soften and the raw taste of tamarind goes away. takes about 12 to 15 minutes.
you can adjust the consistency of rasam as per your choice, by adding more or less water. adding less water will make the pepper cumin rasam more tangy and hot and vice versa.
serve the pepper cumin rasam plain or accompanied with rice, sambar and a side vegetable south indian dish.
step by step pepper cumin rasam recipe:
1. soak tamarind in warm water for 30 minutes.
2. then squeeze the soaked tamarind to get the pulp. strain the pulp and keep aside.
3. in a grinder, take garlic, red chilies, black pepper and cumin seeds.
4. grind coarsely or semi fine.
5. heat oil in a pan or pot. splutter mustard seeds first.
6. then add curry leaves and the coarsely ground spices.
7. saute for a minute. then add turmeric powder, asafoetida and chopped coriander leaves.
8. stir very well.
9. then add crushed or chopped tomatoes.
10. stir and saute for a minute or two.
11. then add tamarind pulp.
12. pour water.
13. season with salt.
15. simmer rasam without a lid till the tomatoes soften and the raw taste of tamarind goes away. takes about 12 to 15 minutes on a low to medium flame.
16. when done, switch off the flame and the hot and spicy rasam is ready to be served.