GARLIC – The Home Medicine
The medicinal and curative power of garlic is tremendous. Garlic can clear your head of a severe cold; aids in lowering cholesterol & blood pressure; it tops on the list of Cancer – preventing foods, its serves as an anti – viral, anti bacterial for stress induced cold and infections; effective in clearing vaginal yeast infection in women; using garlic externally on skin helps in clearing up spots, acne, pimples and boils.
Are you one of those who hate to deal with garlic – breath? Eat a piece of parsley to solve this problem.
Did you know? There is even a garlic festival celebrated in Gilroy California every year.
Crushed garlic – 6 to 8 pods
Small ball of tamarind – 1 [size of a big gooseberry]
Ghee – 2 tsp
Boiled tur dal – 2 tbs
Chopped tomato – 1 small
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Salt to taste.
To make basic Rasam Powder:
Tur Dal – 1 tbsp
Pepper – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp
Dried Red Chillies – 2 or 3
Lightly dry roast the above ingredients in a pan and powder finely
Extract pulp from soaked tamarind using two cups of water.
Add ½ a cup of water to this and boil it adding turmeric powder, salt and Rasam powder.
Mash boiled tur dal nicely and mix it with 1 cup of water.
When the tamarind water is reduced a bit in quantity add chopped tomatoes, tur dal water and crushed garlic.
Lower the heat and bringing it slowly to a boil and switch off the gas when it is close to boiling point.
In a pan add ghee and mustard seeds. When it splutters add curry leaves and pour this seasoning over the Rasam. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Tips: Rasam should never be allowed to boil after adding the tur dal liquid. Only then the taste is retained.
For those who like only a light taste of garlic, the crushed pods can be added a little earlier and allowed to be boiled. For those who like a stronger flavor, garlic can be added towards the end of the recipe.