|Tomato Charu | Andhra Style|
Rasam is a very integral part of a south indian meal. Though preparing rasam is not a difficult one, when it comes to preparing it for babies, new mothers are skeptical about the ingredients. Usually most of us like to prepare something that can be consumed by the whole family in common, rather than preparing separate for babies or kids. I too belong to this group. A reader had requested me to share a rasam recipe that is suitable to her 5 yr old kid as well to her 9 months old baby and for the entire family. I understand that she is looking for a recipe that has no red chilies or powder. Today’s Tomato Charu Recipe – Tomato Rasam Recipe is one that needs a rasam powder. It is very well suitable to everyone from babies to adults. Once you finish preparing the rasam, you can set aside the baby’s serving and add more of pepper to the adult serving. It becomes perfect.
*Note: some babies are allergic to tomatoes and even to chana dal. You might notice a rash or itchy nose (rubbing nose) or sometimes watery eyes. pls check before you serve repeatedly.
1. If you do not wish to use tomatoes, you can eliminate it and just use tamarind paste in place of tomatoes to make the rasam.
Iam just mentioning my approximate proportion of tomatoes :water : rasam powder. pls alter to suit your taste. This works fine for me
1 cup of chopped tomatoes (use red and ripe tomatoes)
3 ½ cups of water
2 to 3 tsps of rasam powder (3 tsps yields a thicker rasam)
tamarind paste (I have never used since the sourness from tomatoes is enough, but you can reduce the amount of tomatoes and use little tamarind paste)
1 sprig of curry leaves
1 to 2 garlic cloves crushed (optional)
½ tsp of broken red chili (remove the seeds) (avoid if making for a baby)
Pinch of mustard
¼ tsp cumin / jeera
Generous pinch of turmeric
Pinch of methi seeds (optional) / menthulu
Fistful of coriander leaves
oil as needed
1. Heat oil in a handi, add mustard, cumin, methi, red chili, when they begin to splutter, add curry leaves and hing
2. Add tomatoes,garlic, salt and turmeric, fry till the tomatoes turn completely mushy. do not cover and cook, it tastes different. If you do not intend to use tomatoes, just add tamarind paste or tamarind water
3. Pour water and bring it to a boil
4. Add rasam powder and let it boil for 4 to 5 mins on a medium flame
5. Off the heat. Add chopped coriander leaves . set aside your baby’s serving and add pepper