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.

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