When I wanted a quick rasam and didn't have time to grind my own spice powders and stew over the tamarind, I would use this easy recipe. The rasam still tastes great, but you spent half the time making it!
1/2 cup Moong Dal, cooked with turmeric and salt
1 tsp Rasam Powder (available in Indian stores. If you want to make your own, here's a nice video!)
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 pinch Asoefetida
3 Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
3-4 Curry Leaves
1 clove Garlic
2 tbsp Cilantro Leaves, for garnish
Heat about 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan, add the cumin, asoefetida and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are mushy. Add the rasam powder and enough water to cook the tomatoes (about 2 cups). Add the cooked dal.
For the seasoning, heat some oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and garlic clove. When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add the seasoning to the rasam. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve hot with cooked rice.
Other rasams on this blog: Mysore Rasam and Beetroot Rasam.