Call it a Craving

It was 2 am after a long day of traveling, and ten days without anything even remotely indian-flavored. Call it a craving, call it crazy; I don’t know what to call it. I wanted mustard seed, curry leaf and cumin, and I wanted it quick!

Quick Fix Rasam Noodle Soup
for desperate late-night cravings

4 oz fine egg noodles
4 oz fresh spinach

1 small can whole tomatoes and their juice (14 oz can)
1 c water
1/4 tsp tamarind concentrate
1 small lump jaggery
1 healthy TB rasam powder

For tempering:
2 tsp butter/ghee (never mind healthy canola oil, this is a craving, after all)
1 tsp mustard seeds
5-6 fresh curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds

Boil egg noodles in sufficient water 5-6 minutes. Add spinach and boil a further 2-3 minutes. Drain in colander and hold aside.

Empty tomatoes and their juice into a medium saucepan and break up tomatoes by hand or with knife and fork. Add 1 c. water, tamarind concentrate, and jaggery. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring, until jaggery dissolves. Add rasam powder and stir well. Simmer over medium heat 10-15 minutes, adjusting seasoning to taste. Add reserved noodles and spinach and heat through.

Make the tempering in a separate pan (too lazy to spell that out tonight) and stir into the tomato/noodle mixture. Bring just to the boil — serve hot with a big spoon and no excuses ๐Ÿ™‚



quick fix rasam noodle soup


  1. A noodle rasam!What a brilliant fusion!

  2. L.G said

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah! You are the Fusion Queen….

  3. Nabeela said

    You’re back!! How was the vacation?

  4. Archana said

    Welcome back Linda,i liked the idea of rasam-noodles. Very creative !!!

  5. Luv2Cook said

    Hey Linda:

    You are back. How was your trip? Great recipe there. LOVE the fusion!

  6. Hi Sumitha, LG, Nabeela, Archana, Luv —

    Thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚ Vacation was wonderful, still recovering from alot of driving and still sorting through the photos. Also still going through all the blogs — so many yummy new things to cook! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Vaishali said

    Rasam with noodles? I wish I were there to taste this dish. You come up with very creative ideas, Linda.

    Thanks, Vaishali — come on by anytime! I couldn’t get my ticket changed to pass through Germany on the way home from Michigan; I guess we’ll have to plan a get-together and see what we can create ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Arjuna said

    Rasam noodle soup, now this is true fusion cooking!!

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