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Monday, August 9, 2010

Red Currant Rasam

Walking through the aisles shopping for fruits and veggies I was so much intrigued by the color of Red Currants, mindlessly I picked one basket of 1/2 pint of those lovely colored Currants and walked by. When I reached the end of the aisle I thought twice whether they would taste good or not, but I made up my mind convincing that they would taste as great as their color. Just had another 20 mins to shop so I picked up all I wanted and came home.

When I loaded the fruits and veggies into the refrigerator I was tempted again so I washed a wine full of those attractive Currants and had them but it was very sour, no body touched the currant. I wasnt into throw away 1/2 a pint of Red Currants then I thought why not make some dish out of it, hence this Red Currant Rasam. It was a super hit and I was asked to make it the next day and the next too. Red Currant Rasam made a hat-trick at our place, did I mention the color was awesome.


Red Currant - 1 handful
Tomato - 1 small
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tbsp
Chilly Powder - 1 tbsp
Green Chillies - 2 nos.
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

For Tempering:

Red Chilly - 1
Red Pearl Onion - 2 nos.
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Sesame Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves
Salt to Taste

Rasam Powder:

Coriander Seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tbsp
Pepper Corns - 1 1/2 tbsps
Garlic - 1 pod


Coriander Leaves


1. Crush the Red Currants and Tomato thoroughly well. Slit the Green Chillies and crush them too.
2. Add Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Asafoetida and Salt. Add 4-5 cups of Water to it mix well and set it aside.
3. In a skillet pour Sesame Oil, add Mustard Seeds when it splutters throw in the Red Chilly, Curry Leaves, Red Pearl Onions (crush them using your palm) and Asafoetida. When the Pearl Onion turns color pour the crushed Currants and Tomato mixture and cook until it boils.
4. Mean while crush Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds and Pepper Corns (I used a stone Motar and pestle) finally stamp the Garlic pod with the pestle and throw them in a bowl.
5. When the Rasam comes to a boil pour it on the crushed powder mix well and garnish with Coriander Leaves.

Serve with: Hot Rice and a dollop of Ghee.


RV said...

That is a brilliant one. I can have this as a soup too.. YUMM YUMM.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely color! would love it!

VineelaSiva said...

Wow the rasam looks very inviting.Welcome back dear.

Swathi said...

Red currant rasam looks delicious. Lovely color Ramya.

shanthi said...

Sounds interesting. Wonderful

♥Aps♥ said...

We dont get them here :(
but wud love to taste it :)

Pavithra said...

Ha ha nice idea ramya..will execute it soon.

jayasree said...

Nice color. Creative of you to make a rasam out of it. Looks like it can double up as a soup too.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Brilliant idea, lovely color...looks tempting.


Thats a cool idea,looks very nice!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Rasam looks so inviting....Beautiful color

Hamaree Rasoi

G.Pavani said...

lovely colour n looks yummy

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks colourful...nice one

Viki's Kitchen said...

Lovely rasam the rich color in it very much.

Satya said...

lovely rasam ...looks so colorful n inviting ...very creative one dear ...bookmarked


aipi said...

what a gorgeous color..loving it!

anudivya said...

I would have never come up with rasam with red currants! Looks very bright and vibrant.

shahana said...

Innovative idea! Loved the color....

Kiran said...

A very innovative recipe.Rasam with red currants looks very delicious and sure must have tasted heavenly with its natural sourness.

Rachana said...

A lovely recipe! Looks so tempting :-)

PranisKitchen said...

thats a very good idea of making rasam with red currant.. good one and so colorful

Parita said...

Love the color of rasam..looks gorgeous and tasty :)

Babli said...

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Rasam looks wonderful,colourful and yummy.

Sathya Sankar said...

Wonderful rasam !

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Priya said...

Omg, very creative rasam..yumm!

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!! innovative ..looks so yummy!!

Fathima said...

making rasam out of red currant... awesome idea!!!!

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