Beetroot  Rasam

Tasty beetroot  rasam is prepared by beetroot puree and lemon juice. Cumin powder, pepper powder and coriander powder are added for additional flavor and taste.Coriander seeds and cumin seeds are believed  to reduce cholesterol levels in blood. Reduce the amount of green chilli, pepper and other spices to serve even to small kids. It goes well with steamed rice or can be served as a soup or shorba. Inspiration to prepare this rasam came  from my friend Bindu , who lives in Detroit, Michigan state. She prepared  this rasam when we visited her place last summer and also told carrot rasam can also be prepared similarly. Also try  horse gram rasam and pepper rasam to get relief from  cold and sore throat  symptoms.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5 servings

Ingredients:

  1. Beetroot: 1 medium sized
  2. Cumin seeds: 1 tablespoon
  3. Coriander seeds: 1 tablespoon
  4. Pepper: ½ tablespoon
  5. Garlic: 3 to 4 cloves crushed
  6. Oil: 1 tablespoon
  7. Mustard seeds,cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon for tempering
  8. Onion: 1 medium sized finely chopped
  9. Green chillies: 1 to 2 finely chopped(according to taste)
  10. Curry leaves: few leaves
  11. Salt: 1 teaspoon
  12. Coriander leaves: few leaves finely chopped
  13. Juice of ½ lemonIMG_6108

Procedure:

  1. Peel and cut beetroot into 4 pieces. Add 1 cup of water and beetroot and pressure cook for 10 minutes till beetroot pieces are cooked. Switch off the flame and wait for 5 minutes before opening the lid.IMG_6089
  2. Prepare puree of beetroot and keep aside.IMG_6101
  3. Grind  cumin seeds, coriander seeds and pepper to a fine powder and keep aside. This is our instant rasam powder for this recipe.IMG_6111
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds. Allow mustard to splutter.
  5. Add crushed garlic and curry leaves and fry for a minute till nice aroma comes.IMG_6117
  6. Add finely chopped onion and green chillies and fry till onions become golden brown.IMG_6120
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of prepared instant rasam  powder and fry for a minute.IMG_6123
  8. Add beetroot puree and 2 cups of water depending on the desired consistency and bring to a boil.IMG_6126
  9. Add 1 teaspoon of salt a  and finely chopped coriander leaves and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on a slow flame. Adjust the seasoning. Switch off the flame.IMG_6127
  10. Add lemon juice according to your taste and mix. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  11. Serve healthy and appetizing Beetroot Rasam along with steamed rice or serve as a soup.

Note:

  1. 1 or 2  pureed tomatoes also can be added along with beetroot puree to prepare rasam.
  2. You can also add 1/4 cup of  lentils of your choice along with beetroot in pressure cooker and blend to make beetroot rasam a little thick and to increase protein value.
  3. Similarly carrot rasam can also be prepared. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder also  for preparing carrot  rasam.

 

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