After a horrible teaching class with my dumb kids I came home dead beat. I had made cabbage palya in the morning, but suddenly did not feel like having rice and palya. I had just chatted with N and she had mentioned Olive garden - 'Mmmm... Olive garden, pizza and pasta yumm.."
Yes, it had to be Olive garden today - that palya could rot in the fridge till tomorrow. I called J and told him the Olive garden plan. Everything was set, J would come home and we could enjoy a lovely Italian meal. I reached home at 6.30 pm opened the mail box- a very strong aroma hit my nose. I had a special package from N!!!!!
Lovely cookies and amazing rasam powder (Karnataka style she said). Now, how can one not use this fragrant rasam powder? Move over Olive garden.
1/2 cup toor dal
1 tomato finely chopped
1 tsp jaggery
pinch of hing
1-2 tsp tamarind paste
1.5- 2 tsp Rasam powder (Oh you don't have A&N brand rasam powder? Too bad, tsk..tsk..tsk..!)
Pressure cook the dal. Add the chopped tomatoes, hing, jaggery, tamarind paste and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook till tomatoes turn mushy. Add the dal, salt and rasam powder. Add water as needed and simmer for 15-20mins.
Garnish with corriander leaves. This saaru however was too good and hell it needed a tadka (curry leaves, dried red chilli and mustard seeds) in ghee!
It was better than my Mom's saaru (sorry kane Amma!) Thank you so much N!