Garlic Rasam is very beneficial to health in winter season. Rasam is very common in South Indian meals. Usually it is very watery and does not have any vegetables like sambar which is thick and has vegetables.
Rasams can be made with tomatoes, lemons, peppercorns, garlic etc. This traditional appetizer cum rice accompaniment is a panacea for many an ill, be it a nagging cold or a bout of fever.
10 garlic cloves
3 tablespoon cumin seeds
½ cup tuvar dal (cooked)
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tablespoon tamarind pulp
2 dry red chili
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp tuvar dal
3 tsp oil
Salt as taste
Roast tuvar dal, jeera, red chillies, pepper and coriander seeds. Grind well. Roast the garlic cloves and add them to the ground paste. Grind it again.
Boil tamarind water with tomatoes and salt. Add a few cloves of peeled garlic to the mix. Once it boils well, add the cooked tuvar dal and the ground powder. Add turmeric powder.
Add water as needed the consistency of rasam and boil well. Season with mustard seeds in oil. Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.
serve with hot rice, dhosai, idli. In winter or flu you can drink as soup.