Nov 4, 2009

TOMATO CHARU (SPICY SOUTH INDIAN TOMATO SOUP)


Charu – Rasam – Saru is a very common dish in every day meal in South Indian cuisine. Charu or Rasam means extract or juice in Telugu or any other south Indian language. Traditionally made by tamarind extract and seasoned with spices like black pepper corns, dry coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Charu is a tangy and spicy thin tamarind soup which is a very power full home remedy for digetation, clod and perfect comfort food when you are having flue it keeps you warm. This traditional recipe was adapted in to British cuisine as Mulligatawny soup (pepper water) and it is very popular even today in England. A bowl of lightly mashed rice with a few drops of ghee and mix with hot Charu and vadiyalu (vadam,sundried rice flour wafers, deep fried in oil like fryams)or a potato stir fry, yummmm is there any other comfort food other then this …….. If you ask me no… any way
There are so many versions in this Charu recipe like
Chintapandu charu (tamarind Soup),
Vellulli charu(garlic soup)
Miriyala charu (black pepper soup)
Pineapple rasam (spicy pineapple soup)
Ulava charu (horse gram soup)
Nimmakaya charu (lemon soup)
Tomato charu (thin spicy tomato soup)
Tiyya charu (sweet tamarind soup)
Pachi charu(pachi pulusu, Raw tamarind soup)
Majjiga charu (butter milk soup)
In some versions we use pappu kattu(cook 1 tab sp any lentils with 2-3 cups of water till lentils become soft remove from the heat and strain the water and use this water in the place of normal water for making charu. If you like you can add that cooked lentils also but mash well and mix with Charu).And to day here I am with the recipe TOMATO CHARU………….
INGREDIENTS:----
Tomato --- 1 big
Tamarind -- 1inch pieces 4-5 pieces soak in hot water(if you hold all these tamarind pieces tightly in your hand that should become like table tennis ball size.After you soak and extract water from this tamarind that should be 100 ml thin tamarind extract.
Oil -- 1 tab sp
Garlic -- 3 cloves crushed
Mustard - 1/2 tea sp
Asafoetida --- 1 pinch(hing, inguva)(optional)
curry leaves -- 12 leaves
salt to taste
Water --- 2&1/2 -3 cups
Charu podi (rasam powder) -- 1&1/2 tea sp you can use any brand which is easly available in any Indian store like MTR - Rasam powder or Priya Rasam powder or you can make at home check my recipe here.
Coriander leaves --- 1 tab sp chopped.

Soak tamarind in warm water and extract juice with 120 ml water and you can get 100 ml tamarind juice from that.
Pour this tamarind juice in to a heavy bottom pan and start boiling in a medium flame.
Take 1 big tomato and make puree in a blender. when you measure this tomato puree this should be 1 cup means 120- 130 ml.
Now add this tomato puree(if you want you can strain this tomato puree to remove the tomato skin pieces add 50 ml water (1/2 cup) and strain through a juice strainer) to tamarind juice,add 1 cup water(120 ml) and boil in a medium heat the raw smell of the tamarind and tomato will disappears .


This will take 10 min. to boil.After 10 min. add crushed garlic, salt to taste,curry leaves and 1 more cup water, charu podi(rasam powder), bring to a full boil lower the flame and let it cook for 15 min.
After 15 min add chopped coriander leaves and cook for 2 more min and remove from heat.
Now heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds and let them popup(here you can add a pinch add asafoetida if you like) then add this seasoning to Charu immediately cover with a lid and let it rest for at least 10 min before you serve.
Serve hot with rice.
Note: -- if you want to make a fresh rasam powder the
Coriander seeds -- 1/2 tea sp
Cumin seeds -- 1 tea sp
Black pepper corns -- 1 tea sp
Garlic cloves -- 3
few curry leaves (if you are making this instant Rasam powder with garlic and curry leaves then no need to add garlic and curry leaves what i have given in the ingredients list.)
Dry roast all ingredients in a pan and make a coarse powder in a hand pastel or a coffee grinder.This will give a great aroma to charu.
You like hot and spicy soups then strain this Charu through a strainer and enjoy like a soup.

32 comments:

Prathibha said...

hmm one of my fav rasam...looks great..what r those behind? pillow covers?

Suparna said...

heart soothing rasam dear, love these kind of charus :) another fav. is lemon rasam it's almost the same na!
Pictorial recipe is really helpful :)
TC

sowmya.s said...

i love tomato rasam..am going to do a post on rasam soon..

Ramya Bala said...

mm..spicy rasam......delicious......

Sailaja Damodaran said...

yummy with hot rice...

Pari said...

This is my all time favorite and comfort food. I make my saaru pudi at home.

Chitra said...

I always try different tomato rasam..Will surely try urs..have bookmarked it..

Anupama said...

This is one of my fav rasams too... it is a great comfort food!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Nice one.. .Rekha.. Thanks for sharing.

For me use of garlic in southindian cooking is totally new... Love the diversity of Rasam too.

Padma said...

Very comforting charu... love to have with hot rice... looks really yummy Rekha

Nithya said...

Chaaru is my all time favorite too.. I love all the variations and nice recipes in your collection too..
Check out mine sometime. I have around 15 types of rasam in my blog too.

Sireesha said...

Supppppppper Duppppppppppppppper rasam dear:)

Vidhya said...

perfect dish for this winter... looks perfect and nice clicks

Priya said...

Hearty rasam, very prefect for my sore throat!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely rasam, my fav comfort food.

Nandini said...

Slurpy Rasam! Perfect for the season!

Sanghi said...

Mmm.. delicious!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you for this recipe dear...going to try this now....rasam is one my favourite comfort food...looks yum...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My friend taught me this rasam,was nice,step wise picture makes easy to understand!!

Valarmathi said...

Comfort food, love to have with hot rice. Looks so yummy.

Tina said...

Nice recipe dear.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy rasam! prefect for winter days!

DEESHA said...

this is such a comfort food Rekha

Abhilash said...

when I heard the name charu I thought what this dish is... after going through the recipe I could make out this is the rasam.

Marriages in Cochin includes rasam in their dishes.

Parita said...

One of my favorites :-)

Kalai said...

One ofmy fav rasam..looks yummy

Sushma Mallya said...

Love this simple tomato rasam with rice...really a comfort food...lovely click

kadari said...

Thanks for posting Rasam powder recipe.

Curry Leaf said...

In rasams this is my favourite and am craving one thanx to my cold.

notyet100 said...

perfect for the winters,.;-)

my kitchen said...

My favorite rasam,loves it

Curry Leaf said...

Love the rasam,the pic is inviting and spicy.