Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Roasted Tomato Rasam & Lemon Rice for a Simple Supper

It was half past 6 on last saturday. We were  hungry and I was still thinking what to make when my hubby suggested me to make something tangy and spicy for the supper.  So I decided to take a spicy break from lentils and made this light yet nutritious roasted tomato rasam with lemon rice.
Lemon Rice with a Bowl of Roasted Tomato Rasam

Rasam is a very special type of spicy Indian soup from tomatoes and lentils. It is more popular in Southern India. In this post, I have made tomato rasam which has high digestive properties. The spices used in rasam are highly therapeutic. Pepper improves digestion, has antioxidant and antibacterial effects while  the roasted cumin stimulates the appetite. It can be had as a soup or can be eaten along with steamed rice but I prefer to have this warm soup/curry with vegetable rice and lemons.

Here is the small checklist of ingredients for the tangy curry and rice. -

Ingredients For Roasted Tomato Rasam:
Tomatoes: 2-3 (I used a bowl of cherry tomatoes)
Lentils: 1/4cup, boiled and mashed
Onion: 1/2
Salt, Pepper: 1 tsp or to taste
Tamarind paste/pulp: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: few
Roasted cumin powder: 1 tsp
Roasted coriander powder: 1 tsp
Roasted peppercorn powder: 1/2 tsp
Water: 2 cups
Fresh Cilantro
Tamarind Pulp made from fresh Tamarind is the key

Method for Rasam:
Roast the tomatoes, chopped onion and cilantro (lightly brushed with olive oil) in an oven proof dish for 20 minutes at 350 C.

Let it cool for a while and give it a quick churn with hand blender to make puree.

Roasted Tomatoes develop a unique Flavor that makes this Rasam very appetizing

Heat this puree in a pan and add mashed lentils, water, salt, tamarind paste to taste. 
(I like to add fresh Tamarind pulp that can be made by soaking tamarind in warm water for 30-45 mins.)
Let the mix simmer for 5 - 6 minutes. 
In another pan, heat few drops of oil and make a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and freshly chopped cilantro. Mix this tempering in the tomato puree.
Season with freshly roasted cumin, coriander and peppercorn powder to taste to make this tangy Rasam.

Ingredients For Lemon Rice:
Basmati Rice: 1cup
Olive oil: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds : 1tsp
Curry leaves: Few
Onion: 1, sliced
Tomato: 1, sliced
Carrots, boiled Potato: 1/4 cup diced  (add more veggies to taste)
Sweet Peas: 1/4 cup (thawed if using frozen)
Roasted Peanuts/Cashew nuts: few
Green chillies: 1
Sugar: 1 small tsp
Lime Juice: 3-4 tsp
Salt, Chilli : 1 tsp or to taste
Dash of Turmeric powder
Fresh Cilantro

Method for Lemon Rice:
Wash and soak basmati rice for approximately 1 hour. 
Cook rice by adding a teaspoon of salt and oil either on gas stove or microwave till tender.
Prepare the tempering of the rice.
Heat oil in a nonstick pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
When the mustard seeds pop up, add sliced onions, tomatoes, diced potatoes, grated carrots and peas, saute for 7-8 minutes.
Season with sugar, salt, chilli  and turmeric powder to taste. 
Gently mix this tempering in the boiled rice. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on the rice.
Add roasted cashews, peanuts and handful of finely chopped cilantro & toss well.
Enjoy the lemon rice with roasted tomato Rasam ...!

We had a great evening supper, Hope you like this recipe and give it a try too....!!!


  1. This sounds wonderful....I have never tried rasam with variety rice....your pics make me drool....

  2. This looks like an amazing dinner! Thanks for making the recipe so easy to follow@

  3. Sounds and looks really delicious!

  4. Oooh, This is just lovely, Sonia. What a colorful and delicious combination! Absolutely mouth-watering :)



  5. wow great job on the Indian food and lovely snaps

  6. This is a very interesting rasam...never made it this way and the lemon rice also looks very inviting. We make lemon rice without any veggies...bookmarking this one.

  7. Loved the idea of roasting tomatoes..that lemon rice wid lots of veggies looks yumm

  8. Very new way of making rasam...looks very appetizing..beautiful clicks

  9. Wow both looks fabulous and inviting, loved ur lemon rice with lots of veggies;.

  10. GORGEOUS photos! Roasted tomatoes have such a wonderfully complex flavor...definitely need to try this!

  11. Wow this looks delicious!! So glad to be your new follower :)

  12. What a lovely idea to roast the tom!!!! Looks irresistible!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  13. What a flavorful and easy dinner. I'm going to try and make this rice.

  14. Wow tomato rasam looks delicious..nice combo with lemon rice..Loved the presentation.

  15. That is a fantastic meal! So flavorful and enjoyable.



  16. Thank you so much for liking the twist in rasam and lemon rice to all my wonderful blogger Friends...!!!

  17. Ace dinner! Your lemon rice looks perfectly cooked and super flavorful. Yum. Great soup as well, going to have to give that one a try :) Thanks for sharing!

  18. Helo Sonia,
    I just looove your fantastic recipes and the marvelous way at which you present them - looks all the more yumm yummmm:)BTW I have an award waiting for you - from an event that you linked-up at and then just plain forgot about;)Do drop in and collect it!


  19. Rasam and lemon rice is wonderful combo.

  20. Rasam and rice look so tempting.

  21. this is a delicious gorgeous looking supper..looks SO SO good!

  22. Fantastic recipe.What a marvelous presentation.An altogether new combo.
    One feels like grabbing the delicious
    plate and eat it.What ignites your imagination that you invariably come out with surprising fusions.Gorgeous

  23. Thanks a ton to all of You... Regards, MCF!!!

  24. Hi Sonia! Well, ingredients are simple, but the taste seems very sophisticated (not bland)!!! I was looking at your ingredient list and oh boy, I gotta try this recipe! Looks so good! And your pictures as usual...just simply, impressive work!

  25. I have so got to get on your posting schedule because I keep missing these post when you put them up. Love the Rasam and I have never cooked that before so you know what that means- Now i have to cook it. I am challenged and i like it! The lemon rice looks so refreshing!

  26. Tomato Rice is my any time fav dish :) I can imagine how flavorful the rasam will be with all that roasted onion and tomatoes .. awsm !!

  27. What a perfect combination! Love it!

  28. I love rasam and have heard great things about lemon rice. Already planning to try tomato rice today but lemon is definitely next on my list!

  29. Wow!!! Rasam with roasted tomato flavor is undoubtedly very appetizing one.....combination of lemon rice is ....wonderful!!

  30. Did you know I love RASAM?! So much! :D This looks yummy Sonia.

  31. hmm.. i could smell the rasam.. and lemon rice is definite favorite.. nicely presented on bed of lettuce..


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