South Indian Garlic Soup (rasam)
This has been handed down to me by my mother in law and one I learnt when I learning to cook. I follow her recipe to the T and it has never let me down. Best eaten with hot rice and a dollop of clarified butter or ghee with a side of roasted potatoes this is what I would call "comfort food" in my home.
What you will need
5 Large garlic pods
1/2 cup Chopped cilantro leaves
3/4 teaspoon Whole black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Cumin seeds
2 tablespoons tamarind paste, or soak a lime sized ball of tamarind in hot water and squeeze the pulp
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1 Dry red arbol Chile
2 teaspoons Ghee or clarified butter
1 teaspoon store bought rasam powder (available in most Indian stores).This is optional and you can skip if you don't have this ingredient.