Cumin Rasam and Brown Gram Palya

My next recipe is for the event “Think Spice – Think Cumin” started by Sunita of Sunita’s World. It’s a great way to honour our Indian spices.

Cumin is a strong flavourful spice. It is very good for digestion and this rasam makes a lovely soup too on a cold night.

Cumin Rasam:

You will need:

125 gms Tuar dhal
4-5 Dry red chillies
4 Garlic pods (cut into small bits)
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Crushed black pepper (use more to make rasam spicy)
½ medium sized Onion cubed
A pinch Turmeric powder
Curry leaves
Mustard seasoning
Tamarind pulp - 2 to 3 tbsps
Jaggery- a small piece (optional)
Corriander for garnish, salt to taste

  • Pressure cook Tuar dal, dry chillies, garlic, cumin, balck pepper, onions and turmeric in a cooker on high for 3 whistles(with weight)
  • Remove from cooker and add the tamarind pulp, jaggery and curry leaves. Add salt and bring to a boil.
  • Now add the mustard seasoning and garnish with chopped coriander.
  • Serve hot with steamed white rice or drink as a soup to help aid digestion.

Brown Gram(Halasandhe Kaalu) Palya :

You will need:

100 gms. Brown gram (Halasandhe kaalu)
½ onion chopped
2 Garlic pods (cut into small bits)
4-5 green chillies slit
Few curry leaves
2 tbsps grated fresh coconut
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds

  1. Wash and pressure cook gram in a cooker ( 3 whistles on high with weight)
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add the green chillies, chopped onions and garlic. Fry till onions become translucent.
  4. Now add the boiled, strained gram and salt. Mix well and cook for a minute or two.
  5. Add grated coconut in the end, mix well and serve. Garnish with corriander.

Another day of finger licking food…bon appetite!


  1. cake bake madta madta.. it was so late and I hadnt cooked dinner.. found you online and saw your blog and made exactly what you had for dinner... Jeera rasam and kaalu playa...
    blog hesaru tarah ne figerlicking aagitttuu...
    Im just enjoying trying out new easy recipies (yeah Im telling you this who hates to cook)

  2. Hi Namratha, I'm so glad that you've got your own space here...congrats :)
    ...btw, thanks again for the lovely entry...glad you could participate.

  3. Abba, Finally logged into your comments. since yesterday, tried so many times.

    Nice blog namrutha!Your cake is lovely!Are you a kannadiga? I live in Bengalooru!

  4. Suman, I'm so glad to hear that!! It'd nice to know my recipes are inspiring cooking haters to try them too...hehe! :)

    Hi Sunita,thanks a lot for stopping by...and thanks to you for giving us the opportunity to participate in such unique events..looking forward to more!:)

    Hi Latha, sorry about the comments, eno problem ithu nenne...yes I'm very much a kannada hudugi ;) Namma ooru Mysooru..

  5. Hi Namratha!u have great blgo here.first time here.I liked jeera rasam and brown gram palya.Thanks for stopping by my blog.HAPPY BLOGGING AND DO HOP AROUND OTHER BLOGS.I have added you in my google reader list of blogs I read everyday.

  6. HiMadhavi, thanks a lot for stopping by! :)Yes since I'm knew to this I am actually blog hopping with the hope of making new friends. Have bookmarked your blog too, will check back:)

  7. both the recipes look yum. infact it is a great combination to add rasam rice and have the palya along:)

  8. Namratha, this makes a great appetizing rasam any day, love the emphasis on cumin and pepper :) Another lovely entry for JFI -- thank you! :)

  9. sust aagitu kelsadinda bandu.
    Nimm recipe nodi, soopar adge mad-de.


    Thank you


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