In those days the required spices used to be broiled and then ground with a little water in a AMMI KAL and then mixed into the tamarind pulp well with hand, these days all types of Rasam powders are available in different taste and weights from sachets to big packets. All one has to do is make the extract , mix the powder and do the required tempering and boil.there are many types of Rasam the popular one being the Tomato, then there is Dal Rasam. Garlic , Ginger, Lemon, Pineapple,buttermilk, mint,goose berry Rasam etc. even though Tamarind is available in paste form many prefer to extract the pulp with water by using the Tamarind that is got as raw. Now try this Dal Rasa that is prepared with the ready made mix of Rasam powder available in the market, its the PARUPPU RASAM........
Tu var Dal 1/2 cup
Tamarind marble sized
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Jeera seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaf 1 sprig
Garlic 6 cloves ( with the skin on)
Ready made Rasam powder 3 tsp
Green chill 2 nos (deseeded and slit)
Asofettida 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste and a wedge of lime
Oil 3 tsp
Coriander 2 tbsp
-Wash the Dal and boil it with 2 cups of water and mash it, keep aside .
-Mix the tamarind in two cups of hot water and extract the pulp, add this to the Dal mixture, add 3 tsp of Rasam ready made powder.
-Heat oil in a vessel add the mustard when it crackles add he jeera, slit green chilly, crushed garlic ,curry leaves and the asofoetida saute on high heat and pour in the Dal mixture cover and let it boil.
-Add the salt stir in the coriander leaves and remove from fire squeeze the wedge of lime and serve.