Nov 20, 2007

Menasina saaru / Pepper rasam

Unfortunately both of us are not keeping well; flu & cold. So time to try my mum's age old recipe of Menasina saaru. I don't like it much & whenever someone makes it, I almost feel I'm sick. But had no other choice & had to prepare it. My mum prepares it with togari bele (toor dal) most of the time. So did I.

Ingredients: -
1 tsp Udina bele (Black gram)
2 tsp Pepper balls
1 tsp jeera/cumin
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp dhania
2 tsp ghee
2 tbsp jaggary
1 cup milk
1/2 cup desiccated or dry coconut
1 tsp concentrated tamarind paste
Coriander & curry leaves
1 cup togari bele (toor dal)

Method: -
1. Pressure cook togari bele with little salt & turmeric.
2. Heat the ghee in a pan & add mustard & wait till it pops.
3. Add Udhina bele, jeera, pepper balls, dhania & turmeric.
4. Roast till the bele turns a shade of light brown.
5. As we'd cold we could actually get any aroma. But after clearing the nose, we some how managed to get a very strong aroma of the masala being roasted. The pepper balls began to pop, which indicated, that the mixture was ready to be ground.
6. Add coconut & dry grind. No water to be used.
7. In the pan add the cooked toor dal, tamarind & jaggary. Bring it to boil & check if jaggary has completely dissolved.
8. Add the ground powder, jaggery, salt & curry leaves. Allow it to boil for around 5 minutes.
9. Add milk & let it boil. The moment the Rasam begins to boil, remove from fire.
10. To add ogarne (tadka), in hot ghee let mustard seeds splutter & add it to the Rasam. Garnish with coriander leaves.


Asha said...

Menasina saaru is great for cold. Take good care and recover soon!:))

Seema said...

Hope u guys feel better soon! This rasam really helps bring out that bad cold & make u feel good again. Take care!

bindiya said...

The saaru looks very comforting, get well soon!

easycrafts said...

The rasam is absolutely divine to drink when suffering from cold...have a quick recovery

Taste of Mysore said...

It is a good remedy for cold. Wishing u a speedy recovery.

Roopa said...

wow yum i love rasam that too pepper for a cold season is absolutely worth :)

Happy cook said...

I love rasama and healthy too

Sia said...

get well soon with more menasina saaru:)