As we have seen earlier about Rasams, there are many variations in preparing Rasam and they get different names like Milagu Rasam, Paruppu Rasam, Panneer Rasam etc. I have posted many of them earlier. One such Rasam is Pineapple Rasam. This Rasam gets the unique flavor of the Pineapple and tastes spicy, tangy and mildly sweet also.
As is usual to all the Rasams, you can serve it a soup or serve with steamed hot Rice.
Now let us see how to make this Rasam today.
To grind coarsely:
Black Pepper – ½ tsp
Red Chilli – 1 (less spicy one)
Cumin Seed – ½ tsp
Garlic with peel (washed) – 4
For cooking Dal:
Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea Lentil) 3 tbsp
Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)
Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
Pineapple – 4 rings of ½ inch thick
Oil or Ghee – 1 ½ tbsp
Mustard Seed – 1 tsp
Cumin Seed – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves – from 1 twig
Green Chilli – 1 (chopped)
Asafoetida – one small pinch
Tomato – 2 (finely chopped)
Coriander Leaves – from 1 twig
Salt to taste
In a mortar or a mixer, grind the ingredients given under the “to grind” column. Grind them coarsely.
Wash and cook the Dal with a cup of water, a pinch of Turmeric Powder and one chopped Tomato in a pressure cooker for 5 to 6 whistles till the Dal is cooked soft. When the Dal is warm, mash it well. Keep aside.
Chop two Pineapple Rings and add them to the above. Blend it into a smooth puree. Keep aside. Chop two rings of the Pineapple into small pieces.
Take the coarse powder, well mashed Dal and Pineapple in a bowl. Add water (as required) and Salt.
Mix them well and keep aside.
Heat the Oil or Ghee in a pan. Add Mustard and Cumin Seed and allow them to crackle. Add Curry Leaves and Green Chilli. Stir them for a few seconds. Add Asafoetida. Stir well.
Add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook for few minutes.
Add chopped Pineapple pieces and cook them soft.
Now, add the mashed Dal and Pineapple puree. Mix well.
When it comes to rolling boil, add the finely chopped Coriander Leaves. Switch off the flame. Cover the pan with a lid and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Serve this Rasam with steamed rice. It can be served as a soup as well.
If the Pineapple is too sweet, you can add one or two tsp of lemon juice.
I prepared 1 ¼ litre of Rasam with the above ingredients, you can adjust the water and spices to suit your taste.