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.

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

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

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

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

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).


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

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

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

  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.

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

  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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