Ashwani R, October 10, 2015
Serving size of the Tomato Rasam Recipe :4
Ingredients required to prepare Tomato Rasam Recipe
Tomatoes – 3
Water – 2 ½ – 3 cups
Green chilies – 5
Tamarind – 10 – 15 gms
Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
Curry leaves – 2 leaf lets
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tbsp
Pepper powder – ¼ tbsp
Mustard – ½ tbsp
Jeera – 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 5 – 6
Red chilies – 3
Salt – required amount
Oil – 2 – 3 tbsps
Directions to prepare Tomato Rasam Recipe :
Note : Rasam tastes very good with rice especially in combination with vegetarian and non vegetarian fries.
About : Tomato is actually a fruit from berry family. It contains vitamin C which is very helpful in keeping us healthy. It is used in combination with almost all kinds of vegetables in making curries, pickles and chutneys. But, if consumed in excess amounts, may lead to kidney problems. Tomato is rated as “EXCELLENT” in world’s healthiest foods rating.
Tomato Rasam a medicinal side dish
Rasam is a spicy soup made in south India using tamarind juice, pepper, tomato, cumin and other spices. Vegetables and steamed lentils are also added to it for extra nutrition. It is either eaten along with rice or drunk after a meal. Its distinct taste is sourness, contributed by the tamarind base. It is usually difficult to find a healthy dish that is also appetizing, but rasam is one of those dishes.
Types of rasam
Different types of rasam can be made using various major ingredients. Tomato rasam is one of the most popular types. Now-a-days, rasam powder can be bought from retail stores to be used to get the taste just right.
Benefits of Tomato Rasam
The benefits of rasam come from its major ingredients – tamarind, tomato, and black pepper.
1. Prevents constipation
Rasam contains tamarind that is rich in dietary fibre or non-starch polysaccharides, such as mucilage, pectin, hemicellulose, tannin and gums. It adds bulk to food and eases bowel movement. Thus, easing constipation.
2. Has antioxidative action
The ingredients in rasam, especially tamarind, are rich in antioxidants. Thus, it protects the body against attack of free radicals. The skin remains young, supple, and healthy.
3. Good for convalescing patients
The nutritious properties of rasam and its fluid consistency make it an ideal food for convalescing patients. By adding lentils and vegetables, the protein and nutrient value of rasam can be increased.
4. Good for pregnant women
Pregnant women will also find rasam to be a good meal that will give them essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and proteins. It is also easy to digest and keeps the intestines working properly.
5. Good for introducing baby to solid food
Babies can be introduced to rasam as their first solid food because it is easily digestible as well as tasty. Semi-solid food is the best type of food for a baby who has recently been weaned off mother’s milk.
6. Rich in vitamins
Rasam is rich in essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, and riboflavin. Some of these vitamins act as antioxidants as well, keeping the body healthy.
7. Contains a wealth of minerals
Being a fairly good source of minerals, rasam is an ideal food for people to include in a balanced diet. Potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper and magnesium are the minerals provided by a serving of this delicious food.
8. Helps lose weight
The black pepper content of rasam is what helps the body lose weight. It promotes removal of toxins by making the body sweat and produce more urine. Thus, the body’s metabolism is kept working properly.
9. Helps keep cancer at bay
Regular consumption of rasam may help keep cancer away. Black pepper present in rasam contains a substance called piperine. This substance has been found to have an inhibitory effect on cancerous cells, along with curcumin found in turmeric.
10. Encourages digestion
Rasam plays the primary role of promoting digestion. Its black pepper content ensures that the stomach is signaled to produce more acid. This helps digest food, such as proteins better, and prevents flatulence, indigestion, gas, constipation, acidity and diarrhea.
Making healthy meals does not have to be time-consuming or unpalatable. Rasam is one of the best foods to be eaten when planning a balanced meal. Partake of this dish and revel in its delicious taste!