Put together your own rasam powder recipe and you can enjoy the unique flavours of Southern Indian cooking at its best. This blend can be made in minutes, and whilst it's often used to flavour the soup of the same name, it's super versatile and can be used with numerous other Indian and Asian dishes. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 10-11 tablespoons)
4-5 tbsp urad dal (black gram)
3 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp ajwain seeds
3-4 tsp chili powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp asafetida powder
1 tsp salt (optional)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your rasam powder in a cool place, in an airtight jar and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making up a fresh amount..
Note: You can make this rasam powder recipe without toasting the spices and dal prior to grinding. However, I do strongly recommend it.
The heat releases the essential oils which impart fabulous flavours and intense aromas which will be transferred to your rasam blend and therefore your food. Click here for tips and further info about this simple cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: I used urad dal for this recipe but you could use others in their place: yellow split peas, pigeon peas, red/brown lentils etc.
Ingredient Note: If you have them available, use as many whole Ingredients as possible as these will add the best flavours. If you don't have whole, simply swap with pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So instead of 3 tablespoons of whole coriander you would use 1½ tablespoons of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
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