Muthira Rasam / Horse Gram Rasam


1/4 cup muthira / horse gram
3 garlic cloves, chopped
gooseberry sized tamarind (2-3 tbsp tamarind juice)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 big tomato, chopped
1 green chilli, slit
few coriander leaves, chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil


  1. Wash the horse gram and soak in water for 5-6 hours and pressure cook it adding enough water and salt for 4 whistles.
  2. Open the cooker and mash it well. Strain its water and keep it aside.
  3. Soak tamarind in little water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and mashed horse gram and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder and saute well.
  6. Add strained horse gram water and 1 cup of water and mix well.
  7. Add chopped tomato and tamarind juice and boil well till tomato gets soft and cooked.
  8. Add slit green chilli and coriander leaves and heat for a minute. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame.
  9. Heat little oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  10. Add this seasoning to the rasam and then serve with rice…

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