Chickpeas Rasam

Chickpeas are known as kondakadalai in Tamil and chole in Hindi.

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein.They are a nutrient-dense food and pack tons of protein, fiber and other nutrients into your meal, without offering a lot of calories.

Chickpeas are delicious in salads, pastas or pureed into hummus. Consuming chickpeas is a surefire way to add several key nutrients to your diet.

I learnt this recipe 17 years back,when I first started cooking. I saw this recipe in a cookery show on TV. As I was new to everyday cooking I was very fascinated to see chickpeas being used for making rasam.
Till then I had used it only for making salad, sundal and ofcourse the famous Punjabi chole.
Those days I always used to sit with a pen and my cook book to note down the recipes. Even now am fond of seeing cookery shows, but am not so keen about writing it down.
When I made this rasam for the first time, I followed the recipe very diligently and till now I follow the recipe as it an absolutely simple but a delicious one:)

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Ingredients

Boiled chickpeas- 1/2 cup
Tamarind- plum sized soaked in 1 cup of water.

Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Grated jaggery- 1/2 tsp( optional)
Pepper- 1 tsp
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Red chillies- 4-5
Tomatoes- 2
Chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbsp
Melted ghee- 1 tsp
Mustard- 1 tsp
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Hing- 1/4th tsp

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Method

Squeeze the tamarind and extract the juice.
Chop tomatoes.

Dry roast coriander seeds, pepper, red chillies and jeera till you get a good aroma.
Cool and grind to a coarse powder.
Grind the boiled chick peas to a coarse paste.
In a bowl, mix the ground spices, chickpeas and 2 cups of water well.

Boil the tamarind juice, tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder together till the raw smell of tamarind goes.
Reduce the flame, add the ground spice and chickpeas mixture. Mix well.
Add more water if required. Check the seasonings.
Let the rasam simmer on a low flame.
Once it starts frothing, take it off the gas. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Heat ghee in a pan. When it becomes hot, add mustard, Jeera and hing. When the seeds stop spluttering, add it to the rasam.
Serve the rasam hot with steamed rice drizzled with little melted ghee 🙂

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