South Indian cuisine is among those cuisines that are slowly gaining popularity across the world. And why not? The cuisine is rich in not just flavors, but it’s the cooking technique and the use of fragrant and exotic spices that makes it stand out. And above all, the majority of the recipes are vegan. So, it is quite popular among vegans all across the globe. Check out our Coconut Stew.
One such vegan dish I am going to talk about comes straight to you from my home’s dinner table back in the country. I grew up eating it almost every single day. And the best thing is, I have never got bored of it. It is a rich, hearty, fragrant, and incredibly delicious dish. It is called “tomato rasam.”
And the best part is the recipe is super simple. If you love spices, this is the recipe for you. You can make it within 30 minutes. Serve it as a soup or as a main course, and this dish offers versatility, convenience, and true flavors of south India.
This is a soup is prepared as a remedy for an upset tummy, in most South Indian households. Although it is eaten as a digestif to help digest the full meal you have just consumed, when made with all the appropriate accouterment, it can prove to be quite the delicacy.
What Is Tomato Rasam?
Rasam or Mulligatawny – Derived from Milagu Thanni, in Tamil a south Indian language spoken widely in Tamil Nadu. The meaning of which is “pepper water”
Tomato rasam (Thakkali Rasam) is a vibrant and delicious dish that is native to south Indian cuisine. It is a staple in the region. In simple words, it is a south Indian version of tomato soup that is loaded with spices. This dish is versatile and utterly heavenly.
Traditionally the dish was made using tamarind. As a result, it had a sour, tangy flavor. However, with time tomato and tamarind were both used.
The reason why I love this recipe is that it is jam-packed with nutrients and flavor. As you take the first spoon, the flavors of tomatoes, herbs, and spices will burst in your mouth.
Benefits Of Tomato Rasam
Now, tomato rasam is not just an addiction to your tastebuds but is also beneficial for your health. There is a reason, and the south Indian people love it so much. It offers several health benefits. Here are a few to name:
Firstly, it is gluten-free. So, if you are someone who has a gluten intolerance, this dish is perfect for you.
It is vegan and loaded with the goodness of vegetables, especially tomatoes.
Thanks to the medicinal properties of all the herbs and spices used in tomato rasam, it helps regulate your digestive system. as a result, it aids in improved digestion.
This soup also helps in improving your immunity. So, if you are feeling down after a long day of work, this recipe will definitely give you energy.
Because tomatoes are rich in water and other minerals, they act as a detoxifying agent. This benefit of tomatoes is passed down in the rasam as well. So, a tomato rasam detoxifies your body, giving you health, energy, and a natural glow.