It’s the Valentine’s eve, the time of the year when we see magazines, newspapers, tabloids and even the extra newsprint thrown in between them, all go from pink to scarlet- heart shaped sweet nothings, the soft snuffling teddy bears, the creamy red roses and the cheesy lined greetings.
In the midst of all this madness and the creed, I am reminded of the sweet idea at the heart of it all…the idea of expressing your love to someone, someone special or even if not that special after all.
Even if you are single, try something different this Valentine, do something special for anyone in your life. Don’t dread the V day- as I heard someone say- because it’s a sweet, happy and usually amusing day.
If you do decide to do something nice, all I can give is a delicious advice, and if this all rhymes, you can blame Dr Seuss ‘coz I’ve been reading my kids all his story books!
This rhyming business is hardly romantic, so why not we cut short and flee the semantics!!!
(Okay, I know I really need to snap out of this) and give you a very special Valentine recipe- Thick and creamy Rasam soup- You can serve it with cooked shrimps or crunchy celery sticks (then follow up with balms, oils, candles or whatever else you think)
For 4 servings you will need:
100 g arhar (toor) daal boiled, 300 g ripe red diced tomatoes, 2 tbs of thick fresh cream, 2 tbs vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 sprig of curry leaves, 1 cm pc of fresh ginger, 2 garlic cloves crushed, 1 tbs Tamarind pulp, 2 tbs chopped coriander leaves and salt. Additionally to make the Rasam spice: Lightly roast the following- 1 tsp Cumin seeds, 2 tsp coriander seeds, 3 tbs fennel (saunf) seeds, 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds, 2 dried red chillies, 1 tsp black peppercorns, once roasted, grind these in a spice mill or grinder with 1 sprig of deep fried curry leaves, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Grind to a fine powder and store in the fridge.
Heat the oil in a big pot, add cumin seeds, once they crackle add curry leaves, ginger and garlic. Saute and add diced tomatoes, along with 1/3rd of the premade Rasam spice. season with a little salt and stir so that the tomatoes break down.
Blitz with a hand blender to get a thick soup, Return to the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of thick fresh cream. Adjust seasoning and serve your very own thick and creamy romantic Rasam soup! Enjoy.