May 19, 2014

Red Grapes Rasam

How to make Red Grapes Rasam

               Do you shop in bulk? Or just have a bunch of these succulent berries on hand? May be, you are just looking for an exotic recipe, that you have never tried before. The 'Rasam' is a traditional & customary concoction in many South Indian homes, for lunch. Although, tomatoes are the commonly used fruit in this digestive broth, I decided to use the Grapes that I had, just too many of - Thanks to Costco! The juicy grapes add an exotic fruity flavor to the otherwise ordinary Rasam.

            The Grapes, impart a beautiful color & makes it sensationally sweet, (based on the color & quantity of the grapes added) which is what makes this Rasam unique. Since, there is no cooking of  lentils/pulses required in this recipe, you can prepare this in a jiffy. To give you a perception of what this would taste like, think of a Rasam prepared with a lump of jaggery. Not too sweet, just enough to balance the sourness of the tamarind other spices. So go ahead & give it shot!

Red Grapes Rasam

May 5, 2014

Pico De Gallo/Tomato-Jalapeno Salsa

How to make Pico De Gallo/Tomato-Jalapeno Salsa

Feliz Cinco De Mayo, people!! Cinco de Mayo is a celebration that is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride on the 5th of May. I should admit, I was a little surprised & 'duh'-ed when i found that Cinco de Mayo's translation, simply means "fifth of May"! Check out this interesting video to find out more about this holiday, that's apparently celebrated more in the US than in Mexico.

The colors in the Pico de gallo, instantly remind us of a Mexican fiesta. Mexican Cuisine is probably the next best thing; for people like me, who find it hard to sustain without chillies in some form or the other. Any kind of Salsa is good - all I beg for, is some heat in it. The Pico de Gallo is probably the easiest variety to make. All you have to do is, chop up the ingredients & serve chilled. My son, who has a chronic distaste for tomatoes, loves Salsa - I wonder, if i should tell him what the main ingredient is?

Tomato Jalapeno Salsa

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