Menasina saaru recipe | How to make pepper rasam | Menasu jeerige saaru | Pepper and cumin rasam

By Latha on September 7th, 2017

menasina saaru or pepper rasam

Menasina saaru or pepper rasam recipe explained with step by step pictures. Menasina saaru or menasu jeerige saaru is prepared using pepper powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, dal and tomato. This menasina saaru or pepper rasam is very easy and very tasty.

I learnt this recipe from my collegue Manjula. She is a Tamilian settled in Karnataka. This pepper rasam or pepper cumin rasam is very easy to prepare. Rasam powder in not used in this recipe. I have used ready available spice powders in this recipe. If you do not have powders with you, then grind corinader and cumin using a mixer grinder. And for the pepper powder, you can crush the pepper and use.

If you are looking for more rasam recipes then do check bili saaru, hesarubele saaru or mung dal rasam, Doddapathre rasam, Udupi rasam, cowpea rasam and fenugreek seed rasam, upsaaru, Mango rasam, avarekalu saaru and sabsige soppu (dill leaves) rasam recipes.

Menasina saaru or pepper rasam recipe

Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 1.5 litre

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1/4 cup toor dal
  2. 2 medium sized tomatoes
  3. 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  4. 1 tsp pepper powder (adjust as per your spice level)
  5. 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  6. 1 marble sized tamarind (or as per your taste)
  7. 2 tsp salt (or as per your taste)

Ingredients for tempering:

  1. 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  2. A big pinch of asafoetida
  3. 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  4. 5 - 6 curry leaves
  5. 2 tsp cooking oil

Instructions for making menasina saaru or pepper rasam:

  1. Rinse and cook toor dal by adding required water. Add a pinch of turmeric and few drops of oil for better cooking.rinse and cook toor dal for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  2. Once the dal is cooked, add in halved tomatoes.tomato for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  3. And cook the tomatoes until soft.tomato for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  4. Next discard the tomato peels. Mash the cooked dal and tomatoes well. You can mash it using hands or a masher or using a mixer grinder.mash tomato and dal for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  5. Add in required water and switch on the stove.water for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  6. Add in tamrind extract.tamarind for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  7. Add in salt.salt for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  8. Add in spice powders like coriander powder, cumin powder and pepper powder.spice powders for menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  9. Give a quick mix and brind it to boil. Do not boil it for long time.boiling menasina saaru or pepper rasam
  10. Temper it with oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and crushed garlic. Serve it with hot steaming rice.tempering menasina saaru or pepper rasam

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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