South Indies: Nimbe Saaru/Lemon Rasam

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I've never known Bangalore like this before. Its Hot beyond words. And, this means that there are plenty of days when all I need is some lightly spiced Rasam with some steamed rice & buttermilk for lunch
So, this Nimbe Saaru/Lemon Rasam was made yesterday 

Lemon Rasam

Now, there are plenty of ways to make this one. Its usually made with Toor Dal But I chose to make it with Moong Dal instead. Moong Dal is easy on digestion & It is known to cooling effect on the body. So, its perfect for Summer

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Moog Dal
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp desi Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • A few curry leaves
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnish

How To:
  • Clean Moong Dal & pressure cook with 2 cuos of water until quite mushy.
  • Once cooked, mash with the back of a spoon, transfer to a heavy bottomed pot, Add 4 cups of water, green chillies, Salt, ginger & turmeric powder. Simmer for 10-12 mins
  • Turn off the stove & temper with cumin & mustard seeds using Desi Ghee
  • Add lemon juice & garnish with fresh coriander.
  • You may discard the green chillies if you wish to.

Serve with steamed rice. You may also serve it as a clear soup ..

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