15 Rasam Recipes To Boost Your Immunity
Covid-19 has taken the world by storm and not in a good way. Most countries are on lockdown or at best, under a restrictive movement order (RMO) in order to curb this deadly virus.
So, for now, there are many of us sitting alone at home, getting scared, panicky and well, worried.
Therefore, it is not at all surprising to see many news sharing natural placebos like eating turmeric can keep you immune from the virus. Not that I deny the health properties of turmeric but it seems too good to be true for it to be really the cure for the biggest pandemic of our time.
Keep Your Body Healthy
In this time of fear and panic, the only way you can keep the virus away, per say, is by making yourself stronger. Sustaining yourself with nutritious superfoods that can reinforced your immunity system. And do you want to know what’s the perfect dish that has all the health benefits that you require and also tasty. It’s rasam.
Rasam is a simple hot soup, usually made using tamarind extract and spices like turmeric, black pepper and cumin. This unassuming simple broth may don’t look much like anything but little did you know, this soup is infused with rich nutrients that your body needs.
So, now, we come to the question of how rasam can be good for you. The spice infused in the tamarind broth, besides being rich in health benefits, are also capable to keep your body heated and warm at all times.
There are many different varieties of rasam recipes out there, but I have 15 of the best rasam varieties that you can try and experiment during the MCO period.
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In many Malaysian Indian families, tomato rasam is one of the most popular rasam variety enjoyed there. The tangy tomato reduce the heat of the spiciness, thus making it a delightful and refreshing soup.
My favourite version of the recipe must be by a website called Indian Healthy Recipes. It’s not one of the simplest but nothing beats a bowl of their tomato rasam especially when ailed with indigestion.
Pineapple rasam is quite a rare variety of rasam to be found. It’s tangy sweetness is not widely favoured since it is not as hot as the other rasam variations.
However, I find the pineapple rasam recipe shared by a blog, subbucooks.com, has the best balance between the sweetness of the pineapple, the tanginess of the tamarind extract and the heat of the spices.
Pepper Cumin Rasam
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Of all the rasam recipes, this is the most popular variation of rasam. The simplest of all rasam variations, the pepper cumin rasam just requires very little ingredients in order to create such a treat!
The best recipe, that I can say come close to the pepper cumin rasam that I am used to eating while growing up, is the recipe shared on Archana’s Kitchen, a personal blog that shares traditional South Indian recipes that you may have never heard before in your whole life. Do check it out!
Tamarind Rasam is in every Malaysian Indian childhood. It was there during every up and every down in their lives. Just as how Western perception has associated chicken soup as a symbol of comfort and home, that is how most Indians and Malaysians identify with rasam.
I cannot tell you how it feels like to take the first spoonful of this very underrated soup. How your body started to heat up, spreading warmth all over.. Mmm.. the feeling indescribable. After trying and searching, I finally found a tamarind recipe by hungryforever.com that can help you experience Rasam as how I did years ago, every rainy day, in the safety and love of my childhood home.
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Feeling a little gassy? Feeling uncomfortable? Have stomach issues? Drink some garlic rasam. We all know the power of garlic to rid off trapped bodily gas in our bodies. Make it the main ingredient in a concoction of spices and you will have your very own elixir of youth.
Archana’s Kitchen has shared a simple garlic rasam recipe,so fool-proof that even a first-timer will get it right!
Lemon Coriander Rasam
Honestly, I have never tried this variation of rasam before but when I came across it, I just knew that it had to be on the list. Why, you ask? Because of the simple fact anything that has been added with lemon, will taste good. This may be an unpopular opinion but it’s up for you to decide.
So, how can you help me by doing that? Simple! Try out this recipe and let me know.
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Want to make rasam but out of cumin? Don’t feel disheartened! What I love about rasam is, as long as you have spices in it, whatever you can think of, it will always turn out good. You want proof? This pepper rasam recipe.
The best pepper rasam recipe that best proves my point is definitely the one by Archana’s Kitchen. The way the recipe highlights the pepper by using other spices without overpowering the peppery taste is just remarkable!
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There are two opinions formed when it comes to this particular variation of rasam. The first opinion is it is weird to add paneer in rasam while the second is the opposite. If you ask me personally, I am with the first opinion but I can be persuaded otherwise.
When experimenting with something as new or risque as this, it is very important to get the best recipe available. Why this is important? When you have a recipe that is almost fool-proof, even when you make a mistake, it doesn’t affect your cooking much. Worse comes to worst, just take out the paneer, right?
Anyhow, don’t let that dampen you down. Try out The Great Secret of Life’s paneer rasam recipe and see the truth of my advice,
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One of the most unique variation of rasam is the apple rasam. Apples, in Eastern culture, has always been seen as a dessert ingredient rather than a savoury one. However, adding apples into rasam is just genius!
The sweetness of the apples reduces the intensity of the spices, making the rasam a delightful appetizer. Popcorn Hut’s apple rasam recipe will make you be a die-hard apple rasam fan after just one try!
Ginger rasam is best enjoyed during rainy days. Since ginger is known for its ‘heat’ properties, ginger rasam has always been made as a cure for colds, coughs and even fevers.
The ginger rasam recipe shared by the blog, hungryforever.com is the simplest recipe you can find while giving you the ginger-y goodness that you expected.
Beetroot rasam is one of the more modern twist given to this evergreen home dish. Besides, giving the rasam its signature bright red colour, beetroot is packed with essential nutrients, as well as a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Moreover, beetroots are associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.
Who would know that with the right adjustments, this simple broth can be infused with more body nourishing nutrients. To make beetroot rasam, follow the recipe by hungryforever.com.
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Other than the beetroot rasam, other unique rasam varieties include the orange rasam. The taste of the orange rasam is quite similar to the pineapple version but the flavour is more refreshing with a slight bitter aftertaste. The orange rasam is perfect when you are down with a cold.
Now, to find the best orange rasam recipe is quite tricky since not many care for the bitter aftertaste. However, you are in luck! Archana’s Kitchen’s version of this recipe manages to reduce the bitter orange aftertaste without compromising its overall flavour.
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Have more plums than you know what to do with? Solve your plum storing issues by making this delicious plum rasam. Tart, sweet and spicy, if you ever need a palate cleanser, this delightful rasam is perfect for it.
There’s not many plum recipes available online but one of the most highly recommended is the one shared in the Hindu.
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Need a simple meal rich in protein? Make some egg rasam. The egg consistency is similar to a poached egg, but the flavour is just something else! The hot, spicy broth is infused into the egg as it cooked in the soup.
Egg rasam is perfect to be eaten together with hot white rice and some mango or lime pickle on the side. Simply delicious. For a traditional homemade egg rasam recipe, try the recipe shared by the blog, You Too Can Cook.
Crab Rasam is a delicacy on its own. The rich seafood flavour from the crab, infused together with the fragrant spices make it not just a delicate-tasting soup that will satisfy your hunger. Best of all, it doesn’t require much work and time in order to enjoy this delicious soup.
The recipe shared in the website, http://allrecipeshub.com/recipes/nandu-rasam/allrecipeshub.com is one worth trying!
Mint (Pudina) Rasam
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Finally, the mint or pudina rasam. Pudina rasam is fresh and different. The whole concept behind the creation of pudina rasam is very fascinating. The cooling mint and the heaty spices are supposed to cancel out each other properties but with the right recipe, you’ll get pudina rasam that is cooling to the tongue, but heats you up from the inside.
Nithya’s Kitchen, a blog that shares authentic and unique Indian dishes shares one Pudina Rasam recipe that will give you the experience that one supposed to have when tasting this variation of rasam.
The Best Immunity Booster
Either you choose to drink it, slurp it or even eat it with rice, rasam has all the nutritional benefits that your body needs. In this time of strife, it doesn’t hurt to have a pot of rasam simmering away on your kitchen stove, ready to be eaten anytime you feel a little under the weather or sick. After all, prevention is better than cure.
If you have other variations of rasam that you love making at home, feel free to share with us via our Instagram and Facebook profiles. Let your voice be heard and we will reply in kind. Stay safe, be healthy!
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