Thursday, July 4, 2013

Broccoli Rasam / Broccoli Paruppu Rasam / Broccoli Lentils Soup

South Indian Meals does not complete without a Rasam. Rasam is nothing but a light, tangy & flavorful soup made using tomato, lentils, crushed whole pepper, jeera/Cumin seeds & Garlic. it can be had as such to treat sore throat, cold & cough and generally its taken along with plain rice. But some people love Rasam with Idli, Dosa, Upma, Vadai.

As i have already mentioned in my Broccoli Spinach Kootu that i love cooking Broccoli Indian Way. After trying broccoli in sambar, Kootu i wanted to try a Rasam with it, so recently tried Broccoli Rasam n to my surprise the taste & Flavor turned out so good. I was so excited n happy with my creation, one more addition to my Broccoli Recipes.
For this broccoli rasam i also added cooked lentils/dal to make it more filling n healthy. This is one super filling soup for diet people. Before having my lunch i just had a small bowl full of this rasam like soup, it was so appetizing n soothing. the crushed whole pepper, jeera & Garlic and the fresh cilantro flavor dominated more. After sipping The piping hot rasam i felt more filling & fresh. I have no words to describe the taste n flavor, just give it a try n def u will accept my words. Its a must try for all those looking for a recipe - Vegan, healthy, filling, low calorie with no comprise in taste n flavor. Now off to the recipe...

  1. Broccoli   1 medium Crown (cut into small florets)
  2. Tuvar Dal / lentils     4 tbsp 
  3. Tomato   1 small (blend it coarsely or mash it using hands)
  4. Tamarind Paste    1/2 tsp (dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
  5. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  6. Cilantro    5-6 stems
  7. Salt    to taste
  8. Oil     2 tsp
  9. Mustard seeds    1/2 tsp
  10. Curry leaves    1 sprig
  11. Dry Red chilli   2-3 no.s
  12. Hing   1/4 tsp
To coarsely grind /crush
  1. Cumin seeds / Jeera    2 tsp
  2. Pepper corns   1/2 tsp
  3. Garlic    3 cloves

  • Cook Tuvar dal with 2 cups of water until soft n mushy(do not drain water, use it with the cooked water) & keep aside.
  • Wash broccoli crown in running water, drain and chop into small florets and again wash the florets thoroughly using colander, drain and keep ready.
  • In a blender take cumin seeds, pepper corns, garlic cloves and pulse it for few seconds n keep ready. You can pound it using pestle &  mortar.
  • Chop tomato and add to a small bowl and mash it well and mix along with tamarind water and keep ready.
  • Now heat oil in a wok/sauce pan, when its heated add mustard seeds and wait till it splutter then add dry red chilli, curry leaves, crushed cumin-pepper-garlic, hing and stir fry for few seconds.
  • After that add broccoli florets, sprinkle little salt and stir fry with the spices for a minute.
  • And then close the pan with lid, cook in medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now the broccoli florets will be half cooked, and now add cooked tuvar dal, tomato - tamarind water, enough salt and u can also 1/2 cup of water, mix everything well.
  • Then sprinkle turmeric powder and close the pan with lid and cook in medium heat.
  • Once the rasam/soup starts boiling add roughly chopped cilantro/coriander leaves and again close the pan with lid and simmer for a minute.
  • After that switch off the stove and leave the rasam to set for 10 minutes.
  • That's it...Flavorful, Tasty & Healthy Broccoli Paruppu Rasam ready. This rasam can be had as a soup or with plain rice, upma, idly, etc.

Don't let the rasam to boil completely, it should remain frothy.(see step wise pic).
If u want u can also add 1-2 tsp rasam powder after adding dal, tomato-tamarind water.


  1. dats definetly a nice try.. have never even imagined broccoli in rasam.. :)

  2. Healthy & yummy rasam.. Loved ur clicks :)

  3. Good post . Broccoli dal rasam looks yummy

  4. wow lovely recipe dear, very unique makes me want to try... really no one I know has such good collection of recipes using broccoli

  5. Delicious and healthy rasam.

  6. wonderful to try iot..

  7. Yummy and healthy rasam. Looks fabulous!

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  8. That's a new and interesting one Sangee, looks so good..

  9. Wat a innovative rasam Sangee, u proved that broccolis are versatile and you can cook numerous dish with this anti oxydant rich vegetable.

  10. very delicious looking rasam :) and broccoli makes it more nutritious :)

  11. looks so yummy my kids would love it should try

  12. Nice one . Tempting and wonderful. :)

  13. sounds very interesting dear.looks so tempting!!

  14. healthy choice with broccoli n dhal combo, love it sangee...

  15. very innovative ! broccoli rasam sounds interesting !

  16. very healthy rasam dear.. will try it..

  17. wow rasam with brocolli...very interesting

  18. wonderuful way of using broccolli dearloved it

  19. Beautiful clicks akka... semaya iruku, loved that bucket too :) Broccolli mela ivlo craze a :P Loved ur unique idea, nan stir-fries and sambar dhan senjrukaen this is another level I must say :) Hats off akka!

  20. You have a lovely collection of broccoli recipes...rasam looks delicious...lovely base and clicks too


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