Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tomato Rasam (Soup)

(From Banu's Cookbook)

Tomato - 2 Medium (About 1 Cup == 7 oz)
2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp Whole Black Pepper
A Few Curry Leaves
1 Tsp of Granular Splenda
2 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro
Salt to Taste

For Seasoning:
1 Tsp of Olive Oil or Butter flavored Olive Oil
Mustard Seeds
A pinch of Hing

1. Boil the tomatoes with just enough water to cover them until you see the skin peeling.
2. Let the tomatoes cool. Peel the skin and mash them well. Add it back to the water you boiled them in.
3. After mashing, I took out the big chunks of tomatoes that I felt were too big and blended them well.
4. Dry Roast Cumin and Whole Pepper seeds and grind them into a powder. Add this powder to the mashed tomato mixture along with salt, splenda, curry leaves and cilantro and boil the mixture for a few minutes. Do not over boil it as it spoils the taste.
5. Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds and hing and add the seasoning to the Rasam (soup) as soon as Mustard seeds splutter. Serve it Hot.
6. This makes perfect meal options for cold weather. Cumin and Black Pepper are good digestive aids as well. This entire serving will count as 1 cup of Vegetable serving for Ideal Protein.

1. You can use Jaggery or Sugar instead of Splenda. Since, I wanted this to be Ideal Protein Friendly, I used Splenda.
2. You can use Ghee for Seasoning instead of olive oil. Again to keep it Ideal Protein Friendly, I used olive oil.

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