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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tomato Rasam and Awards

Today's recipe is a quick and easy recipe. Tomato Rasam goes well with plain hot rice. It could also be served as is as a Soup.
Also today is April 1st, which is also known as April Fools' Day. So do you believe in this day and enjoy pulling pranks on your friends and loved ones. I have to confess I do..and I love this day...I'm not telling you what mischief I'm upto today..maybe in my next post...Enjoy and be careful the day is not over yet... You still have time for some mischief and to FOOL someone or be Fooled and I know its all in good faith...Its alright to have some fun, right ....
  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies slit
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Sambhar powder
  • 1/2 mustard seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 2 tsp oil/ghee
  • 2-3 curry leaves
  • 5-6 black peppercorns freshly crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro freshly chopped
  • 3-4 cups water
  • salt to taste
Preparation :
  • Boil enough water in a pan. Add the whole tomatoes to the boiling water. Bring it off the flame and let it cool. Within minutes the tomato skin will peel off. Now chop these tomatoes.
  • In another pan add 3-4 cups of water and let it boil for 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, grated ginger, green chillies, turmeric power, salt and freshly crushed peppercorns and let it cook on medium flame till the tomatoes are cooked and look well incorporated (for 8-10 minutes).
  • Now add the Sambhar powder and chopped cilantro and mix well.
  • Next is the tempering, take a small tempering pan/Kadai and heat the oil/ghee. Add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the curry leaves and asafoetida . Add this to the rasam. Mix well.
  • Tomato Rasam is ready to serve. This recipe serves 4.

Its Award Time now..... I'm a bit embarassed that I took so long to collect my awards. I love each and every one of them. It shows the love and support of my fellow blogpals. As always Its an humbling feeling. Thanks !!!!

Shahana from Me N my Apron is a dear blogpal who has passed me the following awards. I can't thank her enough for her kindness and friendship. I love her blog and her repertoire of recipes combined with her awesome eyecatching photography.

Shahana and Vineetha from Ruchi have gifted me with this awesome sunshine award. Thanks Vineetha you are a sweetheart and I enjoy visiting your space with a diverse range of recipes.
Shahana and Cecily Anthony has passed me this , "Honest Scrap award". Thanks a lot. When I visit Cecily's blog I'm always impressed by her cake creations. They are just Perfect... and so detailed. Her other recipes are equally impressive too !!!.
Rules for accepting the Honest Scrap award:
Thank the giver, display the award , say 10 honest new things about yourself and pass it on to 10 people.

10 honest new things about me....Believe me its so hard to write about oneself.
  1. I admire my mom and dad for the way they raised us and I try to instill the same values in my kids.
  2. I'm very impatient and I am married to a guy who has tons of patience. I guess after being married I'm developing my patience..but there's a long way to go.
  3. I 'm a outdoorsy kind of a girl. I love going for long walks and hiking and being out admiring nature.
  4. I could be impulsive at times.
  5. I love drinking tea and I am always looking for some company for tea...Interesting gupshup(chitchat) over tea never hurt anybody. In fact I can never really understand when occasionally I'll meet someone who says he/she does not drink tea/coffee.
  6. I love listening to music. Be it in my car or at home. It could be any kind of music. My favorite though still are Kishoreda's old songs.
  7. I must say I'm very sensitive and get affected by mean remarks and manipulative people. I'm also surprised as to how a few people could be so vicious when life has so many beautiful things to offer.
  8. I collect a lot of costume jewelry and my favorite attire is Salwar Kameez. Its so elegant and classic and you could go from being casual to formal and I love to match it up with the matching costume jewelry.
  9. I could get angry so quick and lose my temper and within minutes be back to normal. My mom used to call me a pressure cooker. I have gotten much better at this (thats what they all tell me).
  10. I like to say a prayer before going to bed every night and I have my kids do the same. I feel its our way to show gratitute to God and be thankful for all that we have.

I would love to pass on this "Honest Scrap award" to - Vinolia, Sangeetha , Sangeetha , Ms. Chitchat, Sayantani, Vineetha, San's Kitchen, Asha, Tina, Sarah Naveen.


  1. Hey Dolly congrats on all ur awards and may u get more and more.just keep rocking Lovely simple and my favourite rasam.

  2. hi dolly!!! Congrats on ur awards!!! think i have much in common with u...2,4,5,6,9,10... :D...I love kishoreda's music...Hot rasam on a rainy day...i like it in a cup like tea... :)...

  3. Hot tomato rasam, my comforting food...Congrats on all ur awards and u deserve it..

  4. Congrats on your awards!!It was nice knowing about you..and rasam looks delicious..

  5. Congratulations on your awards Dolly. I used to have fun pulling pranks on April fools. Hope you have a whale of time picking on some poor soul :)

  6. Congrats on your awards.....Rasam looks spicy and delicious...


  7. Wow what a flavorful rasam dolly.Using sambar powder is a twist i suppose.Awesome pic,congrats on your truly deserved awards.Wishes for you to get many more.Thanks for the award dear,so sweet of you.Glad to know more about you,even i like hiking n long walks.Have a nice weekend.

  8. Dear Dolly,
    tomato rassam looks comforting and delicious!! that's my all time favourite!!!

    so, how many did you fool yesterday?? my kids & J were keeping on the whole day before I could fool them at least once :)

    I was absent for about more than a week too...
    Awards have always been a kinda encouragement and appreciation to me!! but since I 'm a 1st class lazy bundle, I don't post them any more.... but I truly thank you so much for sharing the award with me dear and congratulations to you for all those awards and enjoy and have a nice week end!!!

  9. Yummy rasam..
    congrats on all ur awards dear...
    oh gal, me too such an impatient , short tempered one married to such a calm, man !!!!!

  10. Thanku dear...rasam looks delicious...

  11. That's a comforting and also my favorite rasam.
    Congrats on your awards .

  12. Can you believe, we have so much in common.....Almost all the points you mentioned here..we could be twins..lol..
    Congrats Dolly and the rasam looks yummm

  13. Rasam is my fav too! Thanks a lot for your lovely words about my blog!

  14. wow my fav!!! congrats on ur award ad its so nice to know about u :)

  15. Awesome and tasty looking rasam. I love to devour rasam at any time of the day. Truly, can be consumed as a soup too. Congratulations on the truck load of awards and thanks for sharing some with me too.

  16. Dear Dolly,

    I really missed all your lovely posts and am catching up with them now.. Tomato rasam looks super comforting!!
    And We have a lot of similarities too, Impatience, pressure cooker, tea-thingy!! :)

  17. Hi dolly...
    sorry for being so late in acknowledging this ..no excuses..
    congrats for all your awards and thank you for remembering me for the honest scrap award...
    you carrot shake recipe you posted recently looks so healthy n i loved the Mr. carrot carving.