A Special Recipe ~ From Pedatha’s Kitchen
This entry is generously contributed by the authors of
Cooking At Home With Pedatha, Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain.
I was at once surprised, honored, and delighted to receive this lovely, authentic recipe from Pedatha’s kitchen, especially for our Toor Dal Jihva collection!
‘Pedatha’, I have learned from reading the book, comes from
‘Peddha Atthayya’ ~ eldest aunt (father’s sister) in Telugu.
People like Pedatha and the talented writers who bring her to the fore
transcend time and space, border and place. I would like to believe that somewhere in our own lives, we all know a special person like Pedatha –
eager to share the traditions they hold dear with a shining spirit that ignites
our own sense of belonging and inspires the best in us.
My sincere thanks and best wishes to you all, authors and auntie alike, and to dearest Indira, who guided my first faltering steps down this little path that has become such a wonderful journey.
And now, here are Jigyasa, Pratibha and Pedatha!
SWEET RASAM (THEEYETI CHAARU)
“This South Indian dish from Andhra Pradesh is known as chaaru – which means rasam in Tamilnadu, and can be roughly translated as ‘soup’ in English. However, a soup is had at the beginning of a meal, but chaaru is had with rice. We have featured this recipe in our cookbook “Cooking at home with Pedatha”. We have other favourite recipes with Toor dal in our book, but since Toor dal is the queen of the day at Linda’s blog, we have decided to submit this chaaru – what makes it special is that it uses powdered red gram (Toor dal) instead of the usual boiled gram. Its sweetish flavour enhances the other spices. The protagonist of our book, Pedatha says that for an extra special touch, you can add a small stick of cinnamon and a tsp of chaaru podi. Quick and easy to make, this chaaru is very good for constipation and digestive problems”.
Red gram – 1 tbsp, powdered
Tamarind – medium lemon sized, to be used whole
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Jaggery – 2 chunks of 1 inch squares
Ginger – 2 inch piece, crushed
Garlic – 5-6 cloves, crushed
Powdered coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Pepper powder – 1 tbsp
Cumin powder – ½ tbsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Asafoetida powder – ½ tsp
1) Measure 6 cups of water in a deep vessel and add all the ingredients except the tempering and coriander leaves and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 10 more minutes.
2) Heat the ghee and pop the mustard. Add the cumin and asafoetida and pour this tempering into the chaaru. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice or enjoy as a soup.
Above recipe is copyright and reprinted courtesy of Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain, from Cooking at Home with Pedatha, all rights reserved.
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