Selavu Rasam is very famous in South India. This rasam is very good to treat cough and cold. Selavu means the spices in Tamil. The spices that are used in basic South Indian cooking is called selavu and the box that we use to store these spices are Selavu Dabba. We make this rasam very often to treat cold, cough or sore throat. We do not add tamarind in this recipe. Some people add brown lentil (kollu parupu) which adds extra flavour to the dish. There are many variations in this rasam but I always follow this recipe. My family loves this rasam so I stick to this recipe.
Selavu Rasam goes well with steamed rice or as soup. You can follow the same recipe and add chicken or mutton to make chicken soup or mutton soup.
Tips to make perfect Selavu Rasam:
1. You can replace tomato with tamarind.
2. Try to use shallots for better taste.
3. Do not add coriander powder instead of coriander seeds because it gives an authentic taste to the dish.
4. You can serve this with white rice or serve it as soup.
5. You can adjust water according to your consistency preference.
6. Adding more pepper to treat cold or cough.
Selavu Rasam Ingredients:
Here is the step by step process for Selavu Rasam:
Take a pan, add 4 tbsp oil then add 5 shallots,
4 garlic and saute well in the oil. Then add red chilli,
1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns,
1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tomato and saute everything well in the oil.
Once done allow the mixture to cool down completely.
Now take them in a blender and grind them to a smooth paste by adding very little water. Then in the same pan, add 4 tbsp oil.
Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Now add a handful of curry leaves and mix well.
Then add ground paste along with 2 cups of water and give it a mix.
Add salt to taste, ½ tsp turmeric and mix well.
Now allow it to cook for one boil and finally add a handful of coriander leaves.
Serve with rice or drink it as soup.
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