1 tbsp ghee, preferably home made
1/4 tsp crushed black pepper (or more)
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1/2 tsp cumin seed
1/4 tsp asafetida
2-3 tbsp tamarind pulp (soak the tamarind in warm water and remove pulp, NOT store bought)
small piece of jaggery ( 1/2 lemon size)
2 tbsp rasam powder (preferably homemade)
salt to taste
4-5 cups water
In a sauce pan heat ghee, add mustard, cumin and let it splatter, add black pepper and asafetida. Add 5 cups water, tamarind pulp, jaggery, rasam powder, salt and boil for 8-10 min. garnish with cilantro, wait for the spices to settle to the bottom, serve how with a pinch of ghee.
Excellent clear soup for cold and cheats congestion. I really don’t know what is the magic with this rasam but it works wonders when am struggling with a cold. I really need to thank my mother for recipe.