Series of incidents kept me away from cooking.Firstly, I was away for a week's trip to Kolkata and Gangtok. And came back with a "BANG"..I fell down and got a bruised hip and was bedridden for the following week. But yesterday,I was talking to one of my good ol' friend Ajay. He was boasting about the pineapple rasam he made for lunch.While he was sharing the recipe with me,I wanted to try it right away. So today,ignoring my lingering pain, I made this rasam. Just the first sip, brought me back into life. This rasam is really a keeper. Pineapple would have never tasted better in anything else.Making rasam is an art,it doesn't always taste the same. A perfect concoction of right amount of tartness with mellowing sweetness and the right blend of spices.Pineapple rasam is just pineapple chunks in generic rasam.That sounds simple,but it tastes exotic!
I would not prefer having it with rice .This rasam has to be enjoyed on its own in sheer tranquility to indulge in a pine-apply experience. I'am not going to endorse further on this rasam and test your patience.So here comes the recipe..
You will need :
1 cup of chopped pineapple pieces
2 green chillies
1/2 cup cooked tuar dal
1 marble-sized tamarind pulp
1 tsp rasam powder(see recipe below)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
A pinch of asfoteadia
1 tsp of oil
1 sprig curry leaves
Salt to taste
For rasam powder:
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp tuar dal
3 or 4 dry red chillies
Dry roast the above 5 ingredients and powder them.
Recipe for pineapple rasam..
Start off with soaking the tamarind pulp in half liter of water
Heat oil in a kadai, add asafotedia, mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add tuar dal, slit green chillies,green chillies, garlic and fry for couple of mins. Add the quartered tomato and fry for another couple of mins.
Now extract the tamarind juice, add salt, rasam powder and bring to boil. Add the cooked dal, the tadka tomato mixture. slightly crush the pineapple chunks before dropping them into the rasam. Check for salt and simmer for 5 mins.
A warm,aromatic rasam is ready to delight you!