Masala Rasam

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I have already put up the normal Tomato Rasam using Rasam powder with Toor Dal. But today I would like to put up yet another Rasam which is prepared with a little masala, without dal and yet really very tasty. This rasam is prepared in most of the temples for pooja food and is also a must in most of the weddings in Coastal Karnataka. Its a great combination for rice/curry/papad.  It is also called “Devasthana Saru”/”Devala Saru”.

What you need to have:

1. Fresh grated coconut – 2 tablespoons

2. Tomato -1

3. Coriander seeds – 4 teaspoons

4. Bengalgram Dal – 2 teaspoons

5. Cumin sdds – 1/2 teaspoon

6. Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

7. Asafoetida (Soft) – A pinch

8. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

9. Tamarind – size of a half lime

10. Red chillies(Byadgi) – 2-3

11. Curry leaves – a few

12. Jaggery – A little

Ingredients of Masala Rasam

What you need to have:

1. Place a spatula with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low flame. On heating, add bengalgram dal to it. When fried add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek sdds, asafoetida, one by one. Add red chillis, curry leaves to it and fry for a while. Add grated coconut and fry till it turns light brown in colour. Finally add turmeric powder, tamarind and switch off the flame. Fried ingredients is as shown in the image below.

Masala ingredients being fried in oil

Fried ingredients of wet masala

2. Grind the fried ingredients on cooling in the mixer adding water in steps to a medium fine consistency and the masala is as shown in the image below.

Ground wet masala

3. Place a broad based bowl on the flame with 2 cups of water with chopped tomatoes. Cook it till smooth.

Tomato being cooked in water

4. When tomato is cooked add the ground masala from step 3 to it and add sufficient quantity of water to bring it to the required consistency. Add required quantity of salt, one or two strands of tender curry leaves to it and jaggery if required and bring it to boil. Finally add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.

Masala rasam being boiled

5. Place a spatula with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame. When heated add mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add fresh curry leaves to it. Switch off the flame and season it to the Masala Rasam.

Ready to serve Masala Rasam

Serve hot with rice and papad. yum enjoy!!!!

Number of servings: 3-4

How long it takes: 30 minutes

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24 thoughts on “Masala Rasam

    tiny house said:
    December 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I just tried the recipe and it tastes good. I never thought that Indian food could be that yummy. It is my first time to appreciate Indian food this nice.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Tiny house,

      I am so happy to accept ur comments. Thanx a lot once again.

    vanamala said:
    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Nice ..new to me

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Vanamala ,

      Thanx 4 visiting my blog.

    Sushma Mallya said:
    December 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Nice and flavourful rasam, i tried ur vegetable sagu, was very nice and delicious,thanks for the recipe prathiba

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Sushma Mallya,

      Thanx a lot 4 da feedback on Sagu which is most welcome.

    madhu said:
    December 18, 2009 at 2:15 am

    very new kind of rasam, will save this recipe. Looks very flavorful.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Madhu,

      Just try out . Good one 4 winter!!!!

    Saranya said:
    December 18, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Hi,

    I made this rasam today and it came out very well! Thanks for the recipe!

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Saranya,

      Thanx a lot 4 ur feedback on the recipe.

    gowri said:
    December 19, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Hi Pratibha,
    Nice looking rasam. Is it Devla saaru?? can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 19, 2009 at 7:32 am

      Hi Gowri,

      It is as u said “Devasthana saru” , a favorite of all of us in da family infact.

    Chetna Rao said:
    December 20, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    yes yes devasthana saaru..always used to wonder what goes into it to make it so tasty.I tried this today along with majjige huli my childhood favourite. Both came out very tasty.thanks Prathibakka.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Chetna Rao,

      Thanx a lot 4 ur feedback. where r u put up??????R u in india or abroad?????????

    Chetna Rao said:
    December 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Hi..I am in kuwait.. I used dessicated coconut for both the recipes instead of fresh and i am sure it made a difference in taste.Next time I will use the fresh.My husband liked both the dishes.thx again.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 21, 2009 at 7:43 am

      Hi Chetna Rao,

      Try and u will enjoy the real taste of the dish with da fresh coconut. Thanx and keep in touch.

    Nalini said:
    December 21, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Hi Prathiba,

    You are doing a wonderful job of showing such authentic recipes with the pictures and all. I always like the way you describe the recipe and it looks so easy. I am going to try this recipe right now. Thanks for all your efforts. You inspire me to cook.

    Nalini

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 21, 2009 at 7:45 am

      Hi Nalini,

      Thanks. Try da recipe and send me da feedback.

    gowri said:
    December 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Pratibha,
    Thank you, thank you… i made this today. And it was superb.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Gowri,
      I willfully accept ur thanks.

    Recipes Volt said:
    December 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Cool recipes from all over the world. Create meals that will wow your friends and family over? Don’t reinvent the wheel, make proper use of it!

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 27, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Recipes volt

      I didn’t understand ur comment at all. Please be clear.

      clare said:
      March 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      They are just trying to “sell” their site. Its a generic comment, they probably write the same message on all the blogs hoping others will click onto their site.
      Great blog! I am somewhat new to Indian cooking, but I enjoy it very much. Your reciepes look great, and I can’t wait to try them!
      Thanx!!!!

    Anjali said:
    February 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Aaji ghar kade devala jawan achile!! U know i had always wondered how they do it at temples, now i found the recipe here.Thanks a lot.

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