Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mint Leaves Rasam

Without rasam, our lunch wasnt complete...i do many varieties of rasam with mint leaves, tomato, lemon, ginger etc...Here come one of among my variety rasam..Mint is one of the most simple natural herbs, and has a lot of good uses, besides just tasting good. It is also easy to grow..Mint also functions as an expectorant, helping to drain the sinuses and ease the congestion of colds. It can be imbibed in a tea, or it can be added to a vaporizer or pot of boiling water, to fill the air with mint impregnated steam. Mint can be grown from seed, however usually it is much easier to simply purchase small plants. The plants should be planted to the depth of the soil in the pots. Water well, especially right after planting. When the plants reach about a foot in height, the top half inch or so can be pinched off to encourage the plant to grow bushier. Coming to this rasam, its such a delicious and easy dish i use to prepare very often whenever i buy few bunches of mint leaves...This flavourful rasam goes to Sowmya's SWC-Cooking with greens and also to JFI-Mints guest hosted by Ashiwini , event started by Indira...


1/2cup Mint leaves (chopped)
1no Tomato
1/4cup Toor dal
2nos Garlic cloves (crushed)
1/4tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Cumin seeds
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
2nos Dry red chillies
1tsp Lemon juice
Salt
Oil

To Grind:
 1tsp Peppercorns
1tsp Cumin seeds
2nos Dry red chillies
1tbsp Coriander seeds

Dry roast all the ingredients from the list 'To Grind' as coarse powder...Cook toor dal with a cup a water in pressure cooker until they turns soft...keep aside and smash the tomato, add the smashed tomato and crushed garlic cloves to the cooked toor dal...add the grounded spice powder as per ur need and salt..

Heat enough oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and red chillies and let them splutters, add the chopped mint leaves to the tadka and stir until the mint leaves shrinks, add the spiced water to the kadai and once it starts bubbling and put off the stove..

Serve with rice!

22 comments:

Suparna said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Priya,
Absolutely remarkable! wonder how u come up with such unique ideas, shall try this rasam soon, as we too love rasam for more or less every meal :)
TC

Parita said... Reply To This Comment

Wow priya..i do love rasam very much and using mint sounds very interesting :)

Padma said... Reply To This Comment

Nice minty rasam... love rasam and the mint flavor together... will surely try sometime very soon Priya :)

Happy cook said... Reply To This Comment

Yeah you can sreve this for me with rice anytime i come to your place, one of my comfort food.

Gita's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Nice flavored rasam Priya...it looks very appetizing :)

Vani said... Reply To This Comment

Rasam with mint - wow!!

Jyoti said... Reply To This Comment

Never had rasam with mint..looks very interesting. Next time I make rasam, it will be this one !

Mangala Bhat said... Reply To This Comment

wow! new recipe to me ..wow!

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

Mint rasam would have been flavorful and delicious priya..

Cilantro said... Reply To This Comment

Amma made them and I was not a big fan of Rasams back then. Now I started liking them. Your recipe reminds me of the days I gave Amma a tough time.

DEESHA said... Reply To This Comment

never made rasam with mint leaves .. shall definitely try this sometime

Priya Sriram said... Reply To This Comment

Thats a wonderful and aromatic rasam Priya! Great idea! :)

Lisa said... Reply To This Comment

I just planted some mint in my backyard. Sounds like a fine way to enjoy it.

ARUNA said... Reply To This Comment

this is awesome dear!

Pavithra said... Reply To This Comment

I too make it dear..I love this rasam so much..

Yasmeen said... Reply To This Comment

Mint is growing wild in my herb pot,the rasam is an excellent idea:)

AnuSriram said... Reply To This Comment

Adding mint in rasam is new to me.. Looks inviting! Will try this for sure...

Ushanandini said... Reply To This Comment

Lip-smacking rasam! Adding mint in rasam is a rare idea! Slurp!

Anu said... Reply To This Comment

Mint rasam looks lovely!! Can smell the aroma from here :D

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said... Reply To This Comment

Priya
Very interesting recipe, come and check our blog there is something awaiting you.

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely rasam Priya :) Must have been very flavourful with mint leaves!

Superchef said... Reply To This Comment

mm..very flavourful with all the mint in it.