Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Allam/Ginger chaaru

I make this rasam when S catches a cold and/ cough. But I up the amount of ginger and pepper. It is very soothing.

A small lemon sized tamarind (soak in 1/2 cup of warm water for 10 mins and  extract the juice)
3&1/2 cups water
4-5 green chillies( adjust to ur taste)
4-5 curry leaves
2&1/2 inch piece of ginger
2 garlic pods
1 tsp cumin seeds
1&1/2 tsp corriander seeds
1 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish
Salt to taste
A pinch of tumeric

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
3-4 curry leaves
4-6 methi seeds
3 dried red chillies

Grind to paste ginger, green chillies, garlic, cumin seeds, corriander seeds and keep aside. Boil water with the tamarind juice, salt, tumeric, curry leaves for 5-8 mins. Add the paste and boil for another 10-12 mins. In an other pan heat 1 tbsp oil add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and when they start to splutter, add the methi seeds, red chillies and curry leaves and saute for 1-2 mins and add this to the prepared chaaru. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with white rice or have it as is. Enjoy!!!

Note :
You can also grind 2 tbsps of cilantro and add ground black pepper.

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