Recipe for Pomegranate Rasam – Spicy Pomegranate Lentil Soup
Pomegranate-BBC news calls this the fruity panacea. Packed with anti-oxidants (note the ruby red colour), it’s known to protect the heart, prevent prostate cancer, reduce LDL (the bad cholesterol). It’s rich in ACE Vitamins and iron, and no wonder doctors and many others are recommending a glass of pomegranate juice as a part of everyone’s diet
Fortunately, it’s available in India pretty much all the year round and this is one fruit, the more I read about it, the more I am convinced of it’s goodness.
Guess what I did with these ruby red seeds?
I made a pomegranate rasam!
Rasam is soul-food for any Tamilian. Be it a simple tomato rasam or the more exotic varieties like Mysore Rasam, Lemon Rasam or the fruity varieties made with pineapple, pomegranate, mangoes and so on. Pomegranate rasam is a recipe my father’s aunt makes quite regularly and now my mother makes it too. The delicate sweetness that the fruit juice adds to the rasam makes it rather unique.
This recipe has taken inspiration from my grand-aunt -Mythili mami in Chennai who probably makes the most amazing traditional Tamil food.