Mulligatawny Soup

Thats rasam for us southies. I dont care much for this particular south indian specialty. There was a time when I used to eat only paruppu saadam, no sambar, no rasam (sigh..those golden days..). I mean, what does rasam have anyway? Lets take a look at the ingredients,

250 gms tomatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
4 green chillies, chopped
1 lemon-sized ball of tamarind
1 tbsp jaggery
1 tsp mustard seeds
10 curry leaves
1 red chilli, broken into two
1 tsp coriander seeds – roasted & powdered
1 tsp cuminseeds – roasted & powdered
2 tsps peppercorns – roasted & powdered
½ tbsps oil

Other than tomatoes, I dont see what is that in rasam that is so nutritious. Granted, it has some stuff thats really good for a blocked nose, but other than that, its as exciting as a cup of Horlicks (which is the topic of a whole hate-filled future post).

Sambhar, on the other hand, is a totally different story. So many varieties, so many types of thaans (the vegetable pieces floating in the gravy), just thinking about it makes my mouth water šŸ˜€

Sometimes I think my bias towards sambhar is genetic (my mom and me are on the portly side and love high fat food, while my dad and sis are thin and inclined towards rasam). Who knows, maybe there is gene that can be turned on to make me like rasam better!

The good news is, She doesnt care much for rasam either! šŸ™‚

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5 Responses to Mulligatawny Soup

  1. Madhu says:

    I totally agree! I can’t follow why some people go gaga over rasam! *shakes head*

    btw, you too hate Horlicks? Thattiko! šŸ˜€

  2. mythreyee says:

    nee paruppu saadham mathrama saapuduva minnadi?! applam saadham (karmam!), nai (dog illa, ghee :D) saadham, intha maathiri items ellaam thaan unakku full meals-ey….

    but well, rasam saadham is really nice at times.. but otherwise, yea, sambhar has a lot more takers all over the world. Actually, sambhar is better to eat, when mixed with rice, unlike rasam which doesn’t quite mix well with rice… probably thats why rasam is considered mostly only as a soup in many places, but sambhar is used with a lotta other food items.

    hmmm.. romba deep-a involve aayiteno.. šŸ˜€

  3. AM Aravind says:

    Me to joining the club!!! šŸ˜€
    Sambhar is far better!!
    But at some places, they do make sambhar which looks (and tastes) like rasam with few vegetables floating in it šŸ˜€

  4. AM Aravind says:

    Adding on, I somehow feel, both Rasam and Horlicks are taken only when ppl are sick šŸ˜€
    When I eat rasam (and that too, if the rice is over cooked and crushed), edho enakke udambu seri illaadha madhiri oru feeling šŸ˜€

  5. Hrishi says:

    ivalo vettiya ukaandhu rasam recipe ya poi un blog la pottu!!…cha…idha paarthu comment panra enna sollanum!#@*

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