Tuesday, 7 February 2017


COLOUR: Green like leaf   SHAPE: Round like marble   SIZE: Small as gram   KINGDOM: Plantae VALUE: Just as Jade!!
Green coloured, sweet flavoured, high in fibre, rich in nutrients, cooks faster, helps control body weight, lowers blood pressure and much more.
Wash it. Soak it. Sprout it. Cook it. Grind it. Make rasam, curry and have it with hot, steamed rice and rotis.
Dry roast it. Dry grind it. Use the flour to make tasty rotis or parathas.
Wash it. Soak it. Wet grind it. Generate healthy versions of dosas and idlis too. That’s green gram for you.
Combine it with greens. Watch what’s cooking…delicious red coloured rasam boiling and a close-to-finish fresh green coloured curry tossing!

Dish Type:  South Indian Vegetarian Stew
Time required:  40 min
Serves:  4 persons (approx. )

For pressure cooking:
Green gram                75 gms
Water                       250 ml
Ghee                         1 tsp
Turmeric                   A pinch
Dantina soppu           1 bunch (amaranth leaves)
Tomato                     2 nos.
Salt to taste               ½ tbsp. (at the time of adding chopped greens)
For grinding:
Raw coconut                                     ¼ of a coconut
Rasam powder                                  2 tbsps. approx.
Cooked green gram and greens         1 tbsp
Cooked tomatoes                             2 nos.
For seasoning:
Ghee                           1 tsp
Mustard seeds             ½ tsp
Cumin seeds                ½ tsp
Asafoetida                   A pinch
Garlic pods                  few (optional)
While boiling:
Salt to taste                 ½ tbsp. (when ground mix of rasam powder and raw coconut is added)
Tamarind paste           ½ tsp

Wash green gram thoroughly. Keep it for boiling on low flame in a pressure cooker along with water, turmeric and ghee. 
Wash greens (dantina soppu) and tomatoes thoroughly in salt water. Drain out the water. Chop greens finely. No need to chop tomatoes.
By this time, green gram would have been half cooked. Remove the lid of the pressure cooker. Add these chopped greens and salt and over this, add tomatoes. After 2 whistles, switch off the pressure cooker. Let it cool.
While the cooker is cooling….grate raw coconut. You still have time to spare? Use it to read footnotes given at the end of this recipe.
By now, pressure in the cooker would have subsided. Transfer the contents on to a colander to drain the water to another vessel. Use this precious water as you proceed making the rasam.
Finish grinding using ingredients listed under “For grinding”. Grind it to a fine paste. Add this to the drained water that you stored just now. Add salt. Boil for about 5 min. Add tamarind juice. Let it boil for another 5 min. Switch off the burner.
Now is the time for seasoning. Heat a drop of ghee in a small skillet. Do not heat it too much. When it is just hot, put mustard seeds. When they crackle, switch off and immediately put cumin seeds and asafoetida. Pour it on to the boiled rasam.
Hmmm….Fresh n fragrant Green Gram Rasam is ready.
Serve it hot with steamed rice.

Tete – a - Tete:
When you finished cooking dals and veggies, are you sure you drained the water used for cooking? Rest assured, your nutrition too has gone down the drain! Not a healthy practice…right?  Bother about the broth?….Yes you must! Why miss a chance when you can aim for the best of health and taste? Preserve this precious water to make rasam.
Use the remaining cooked green gram and greens to make “Green Gram Curry with Greens”.
When using greens, there is no need to add coriander leaves or curry leaves.
Quantity of water can be adjusted to suit taste and consistency. Consistency can be as thin as soup or as thick as porridge depending on the amount of water used. Similarly taste can vary from hot and spicy to mildly spicy or made bland.
Same recipe can be followed to prepare rasam using Kadale Kaalu (Chick peas), Hurali (Horse gram), Alasandi kaalu (Cow peas).
Lentils and pulses should be cooked slowly in low flame for a long time to achieve a comfortably creamy texture. While cooking them, it is better to add a pinch of turmeric powder and a tsp of cow ghee. Turmeric has antiseptic properties. Cow ghee gives a rich and pleasing flavour. A tsp of ghee consumed everyday improves blood circulation, lubricates  bone joints and cleanses liver.

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