Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tomato Rasam with fresh Instant Rasam Powder

So here is how I make the Tomato Rasam with the Instant fresh Rasam Powder. So learn how to make tomato rasam and make it on a cold or rainy day or when you do not have the time. What ever the case, this rasam is bound to make your lunch or dinner tastier.

Ingredients for Tomato Rasam :

4 Big Tomatoes cut into 8 pieces each
1.5 liter Water
1 stalk Curry leaves
1 stalk Coriander leaves
1 marble sized ball of jaggery or 1/2 tsp. sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
For Instant Rasam Powder
3 cloves Garlic
1 tsp Peppercorns
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Dania / coriander seeds

To prepare Tomato Rasam :

1. Boil water with tomatoes, curry leaves and Coriander leaves till tomatoes get soft. Switch off the flame and let it cool. When it is warm enough to handle, mash everything and extract the juice. If the extract is too thick, you can add one more cup of water.
2. Meanwhile, in a hand motor add Peppercorns, Cumin seeds and Dania / coriander seeds and make a coarse powder for this add garlic cloves and by mash it make instant fresh rasam powder.
3. Pour the tomato extract in a thick bottomed vessel. Add turmeric powder, Chilli powder, salt and sugar. Bring to boil. When it starts boiling add the coarsely ground Instant fresh rasam powder. Allow to boil for few seconds. If  required season it with mustard. Finally add coriander leaves and remove.
4. Serve hot with plain rice and paapads.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes :

Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid. Tomatoes contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.
1. Alpha-lipoic acid helps the body to convert glucose into energy.
2. Lycopene is the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their rich red color.
3. Choline is an important nutrient found in tomatoes that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

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Daliya Idli with Vegetables / Broken Wheat Idli with Vegetables

Daliya is unrefined wheat and is also a good source of fiber.  Daliya Idli with Vegetables / Broken Wheat Idli with Vegetables is a unique dish which is made with Broken Wheat (Daliya) and Vegetables in an Idli’s form. These idli’s taste great when had hot with sambar and coconut chutney. Idli is a traditional breakfast item in every South Indian households. It is a comfort food which is enjoyed by everyone of all ages. Trust me, it is a great food for kids. They can enjoy something new and different and at the same time get all the nutrition from it.

Ingredients for Daliya Idli with Vegetables / Broken Wheat Idli with Vegetables:

1 Cup Daliya (Broken/Cracked Wheat)
1/2 Cup Curd / Plain Yogurt
1 small Onion (Finely Chopped)
1 Tbsp Carrot (Finely Chopped)
1 Tbsp Capsicum (Finely Chopped)
1 Tbsp Peas
1 Tbsp Oil
Salt as per Taste
1/2 to 1 glass Water

To prepare Daliya Idli with Vegetables / Broken Wheat Idli with Vegetables:

Roasting Vegetables
1. Heat Oil on medium flame in a pan. Add Carrot, Green Chillies and saute for a whie then add Peas, Capsicum and Salt. Mix well and let it cook on medium flame for 2 minutes to help soften the vegetables.
2. After 2 minutes, switch off the stove and transfer the vegetables in a bowl.
Preparing Dalia Idli batter
1. Add Daliya to vegetable mix and mix well. Then add Curd and required amount of water and Mix well. Cover the lid and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
2. After 10 min Dalia Idli batter is ready to use. At this stage add some more water if its required and mix well.
Steaming Daliya Idli
1. Grease the idli maker with cooking spray or vegetable oil, pour the batter in each mould.
2. Fill the idli cooker or pressure cooker with 2 to 3 cups of water and put the idli maker into the cooker and steam it for about 17 to 20 minutes. serve this hot healthy idli with your favorite chutney and Sambar.

Health Benefits :

1. It is a good source of the daily requirement of fiber and manganese in your food. As it is high in protein and low in fat and calories, it offers you nutrients without adding pounds to your body.
2. It’s an excellent diet for people who want to lose weight.
3. A cup of Daliya has fewer calories, less fat, and more than twice the fiber of brown rice. It helps to keep your digestive tract healthy.
4. The insoluble fiber it contains absorbs water, thus promoting faster elimination of waste.

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