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
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 🙂
quick fix rasam noodle soup