Friday, 2 November 2012

Munakkaya Rasam / Drumsticks soup

Drumstick - I call this as wonder stick. It’s health benefits are plenty and it is said to cure many an ailments. Here are some of its health benefits.
Juice of Drum stick when mixed in milk and offered to children greatly helps by strengthening their bones as it is said to be a great source of Calcium. Also drumstick is said to be a great blood purifier.
Pregnant women should often eat drumsticks as it helps ease any kind of pre and post delivery complication.
Drumstick soup helps ease any kind of chest congestions, coughs and sore throats.
Inhaling steam of water in which drumsticks have been boiled helps ease asthma and other lung problem.
This is another way of benefiting from this wonderful God's given gift.


Toor daal - 1/4 cup
Drumsticks - 2 cut them into 2 inch size pieces
Ripe tomatoes - 3-4
Tamarind - 1/2 lemon size
Salt - as per taste
Rasam powder - 2 tsp

For seasoning - 
Oil - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 string
Coriander leaves chopped - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic pods - 1 or 2 pounded
Dry chili - 1 or 2


Boil the tomatoes and drumsticks by adding 2 pinches of salt. Mash the tomatoes.
Boil the toor daal, mash it and keep it aside.
Soak tamarind in some hot water, squeeze the juice.
Heat a deep sauce pan, and add oil to it.

When the oil is warm enough, add crushed garlic pods, dry chili and then mustard, cumin and curry leaves. 
When the garlic gets slightly roasted, add the tomato mixture, boiled drumsticks, tamarind juice and the mashed toor daal. 
Add the required amount of salt, rasam powder and bring it to boil. Add chopped coriander at the end and remove from the fire.

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