August 11, 2006

Tomato Rasam & Beans Bhaji (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Aswin. Let me introduce it by just this one sentence - He made this for me when we were dating. I am now married to him. :) Here goes Aswin.


I can't think of anything else that would beat piping hot tomato rasam with a simple yet delicious bhaji (beans, potato, and ladiesfinger are my favorites) when it comes to comfort food. A couple of days back, I decided this would be the best way to unwind (esp. when diss-writing doesn't go as planned!) - a simple dinner of rice, rasam, and beans bhaji. Here's my recipe for a really quick tomato rasam - it takes just over 15 minutes if the dal is already boiled.

Update: Here is the recipe for the rasam powder I use.

Ingredients:
1 cup mustard
2 cups jeera
250 gm coriander seeds (dhania)
1 cup black pepper
1/2 cup fenugreek
2-1/2 cup red chili powder

Method: Roast each one of these ingredients separately, and grind to a smooth powder in a mixer. Store in an airtight container (I refrigerate the powder, and keep a small quantity outside).


Tomato Rasam


Ingredients:
2 tbspoons tomato paste

1 cup toor dal - boiled
2 tspoons rasam powder
1 tspoon cumin seeds
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
2-6 curry leaves
sprig of cilantro - chopped
1 tspoon oil
salt to taste

Method:
Boil water, and add the tomato paste. Boil for 3-4 minutes.
Add the rasam powder and boil for 3-4 minutes.
Add the boiled dal, mix well, reduce heat to low-medium.
let it cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add salt.
Heat oil and season with cumin, hing, and curry leaves.

Add this to the rasam mixture.


Beans Bhaji

Ingredients:
1 lb green beans - washed and chopped
2 cloves- paste
2 dry red chillis
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon urad dal
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tspoon cumin powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1 tspoon oil
salt to taste

Method:
Heat oil and temper with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, and red chilis.

Add the chopped green beans.

Mix well, add the jeera and cumin powder, a little water, and cook on low heat (closed lid).

7 comments:

  1. Mandira..u r lucky. Rasam, bhaji from a loving hubby...what else can u wish for? enjoy...

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  2. Thanks Shilpa - I agree, a loving hubby is wonderful, but a loving hubby who cooks good food is even better :)

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  3. Mandira
    I love ur hubbys enthu to cook and post the blog !! Awesome

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  4. Hi Revathi:
    Thanks, yes he enjoys cooking. I'm thinking of making his guest post a monthly event on my blog. :)
    He feels great to see the wonderful comments of fellow foodies.

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  5. MAJK - thanks and welcome to ahaar. Will surely check the other link, thanks for sharing.

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  6. sqrlnt6:54 PM

    :) googled green beans bhaji, and guess where I landed. should have just asked couple of weekends ago :)

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