Carrot Rasam

Very healthy, appetizing  and tasty carrot rasam is prepared by carrot pulp and lemon juice. Spices like cumin powder, pepper powder and coriander powder are added for additional flavor and taste. Reduce the amount of green chilli and pepper to serve even to small kids. It goes well with steamed rice or can be served as a soup or shorba. You can also try my horse gram rasam and tomato rasam , beet root rasam  and pepper rasam. Coriander seeds and cumin seeds are believed  to reduce cholesterol levels in blood.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5 servingsIMG_6092

Ingredients:

  1. Carrot: 2 to 3 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. Turmeric powder: a pinch
  13. Coriander leaves: few leaves finely chopped
  14. Juice of ½ lemon (according to taste)IMG_6108

Procedure:

  1. Peel and cut carrot into pieces. Add 1 cup of water and carrot and pressure cook for 10 minutes till carrot pieces are cooked. Switch off the flame and wait for 5 minutes before opening the lid.IMG_6096
  2. Prepare puree of carrots and keep aside.IMG_6099
  3. In the meantime 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_6133
  6. Add finely chopped onion and green chillies and fry till onions become golden brown.IMG_6136
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of prepared instant rasam  powder and fry for a minute.IMG_6137
  8. Add carrot pulp and 1 to 2 cups of water depending on the desired consistency and bring to a boil.IMG_6140
  9. Add 1 teaspoon of salt a pinch of turmeric powder and finely chopped coriander leaves and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on a slow flame. Adjust seasoning. Switch off the flame.IMG_6145
  10. Add lemon juice and mix. Transfer to a serving bowl. You can add lemon juice according to your taste.
  11. Serve tasty Carrot Rasam along with steamed rice or serve as a soup.IMG_6162

Note:

  1. 1 or 2  pureed tomatoes also can be added along with carrot pulp to prepare rasam.
  2. You can also add 1/4 cup of  lentils of your choice along with carrot in pressure cooker while cooking and blend to make carrot rasam a little thick and to increase protein value.
  3. Similarly beetroot  rasam can also be prepared. No need to add turmeric for preparing beetroot rasam.

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