Rasam with Pear (Tangy Tomato based Indian Soup) – Guest Post for Divya @ Flavour Fiesta!

I visited Divya’s blog a couple of months back and fell in love with the layout of her space. It’s colorful, neatly arranged and not overly crowded.. made me stay there longer and visit her regularly.

She talks about food from various angles, enjoys trying out unfamiliar ethnic ingredients and tells everyone – don’t be scared to experiment! 🙂 She reviews cooking related products and helps you discover about ingredients, cooking tips and the beauty of food.

I could relate to her cooking style a lot. Just like me, she enjoys different cuisines and gives her own little twist to create a new dish. When she asked me if I could do a guest post for her, I happily said ‘YES’ – smiling cheek to cheek 🙂

After few email exchanges, I decided to make a tangy Rasam for her with tomatoes and added an interesting element with some juicy bites of pears. Rasam is a very popular dish in South of India and is consumed in everyday meals. It’s a light soup which is mostly made with lentils, lots of tomatoes and tamarind for that super tangy kick. Tamarind is very commonly used in India and it not only adds taste, but also helps in digesting food and used in Ayurvedic medicine.

For tampering the rasam, I used curry leaves which add tremendous amount of flavor to the soup. These leaves are easily available in any Indian store. Please be careful while adding the curry leaves to hot oil as they tend to splatter. So, make sure you keep the heat very low. The crispy curry leaves also taste really nice and at times, I add a few extra and then I enjoy some of those plain crispy curry leaves 🙂

I would never miss drinking some rasam juice at the end of a South Indian meal. However, you can also enjoy it with some steamed white rice. You can also enjoy it with bread or some simple dry roast papad, which is a thin, crisp Indian cracker.

Today, I am sharing rasam made with just tomatoes and pears. Every sip was a combination of sweet and tangy, and we loved it so much that we had it back to back for two days.

One of the key ingredients to make this soup is rasam powder. It is easily available in any Indian store but it can also be made at home. You need some basic whole spices, dry roast them and then, grate them to a fine or coarse dust (as per your preference). It’s easy to make and can be stored in an air tight jar for months.

 

To see the detailed recipe, head over to Divya Blog Flavour Fiesta! and while you are there do check her page on discovery!

I can’t thank her enough for sharing her space with me and I hope she enjoys this delicious Indian Soup – Rasam with a tiny twist 🙂

You can also print the recipe.

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  • Jessica
    August 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Thank you for introducing us to rasam! This looks like a delicious soup. And the color is so vibrant. Perfect fresh soup for the summer nights!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    August 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Very interesting recipe!Looks so tasty!

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    August 6, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Thanks for introducing Divya and her blog. I should try this rasam pretty soon.

    And I loved your pictures.

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    August 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Such vibrant colors and so many interesting spices, I bet this soup is delicious!

  • Manu
    August 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Heading over to Divya’s site immediately, but first let me tell you that this is an awesome recipe!!! One I cannot wait to try! And what beatiful pictures Kankana! 🙂

  • sayantani
    August 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    I could have never thought of this combination but looks fantastic…thanks for introducing Divya.

  • Reem
    August 7, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Such a colorful recipe.. I love rasam but adding pears is definitely a wonderful twist. Thanks dear.

  • Natalie
    August 7, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    This sounds delicious, I love the idea of the pear in there to sweeten it up, unusual! Thanks for the rasam powder recipe too, I’m going to check out Divya’s blog now…

  • [email protected]
    August 7, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    This looks so tasty! Pear and tomato together in a soup…that’s unique!

  • Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    August 7, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Oh-My-Word…This soup looks deliciously gooooood, Kankana! What a wonderful and interesting combination. Love it! I so wish I could have some of your soup right now 🙂 Thanks for introducing Divya’s site.

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

  • Vimitha
    August 7, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    Thats a very different one and lovely clicks as usual.

  • Tiffany
    August 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    This soup looks great! So many awesome spices and I love that it includes tamarind! 😀

  • Radhika
    August 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Pear in Rasam, what an interesting combination!
    Pear is often forgotten amidst the rush of summer berries and stone fruits.. Glad to see it in new light kankana and Divya..

  • Vijitha
    August 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Gorgeous looking rasam. Thanks for introducing Divya and her blog.

  • nisha
    August 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    wow seriously? with pear? thats really interesting

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    August 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    That looks so comforting and warm and inviting and simply delicious! what a great idea and the pictures really express just how good it must be!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)
    August 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Such amazing pictures!

  • Kelly
    August 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    This is so interesting and delicious looking – I don’t combine tomato and pear often but in this soup, coupled with the Indian herbs, it’s the perfect pairing – just love this!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    August 7, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    What a delicious looking soup..never try this before, but sure looks tempting! Amazing photography Kankana!

  • Manu
    August 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Hi again Kankana! I have an award waiting for you! You can collect it here: http://www.manusmenu.com/orange-fennel-and-black-olive-salad <3

  • Nash at Plateful
    August 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    You must be kidding! Rasam with pears?!! Can’t wait to check out the recipe at Divya’s space, especially after seeing your last picture. Mouthwatering!

  • German Mama
    August 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    This looks so delicious. I love Indian spices and tomatoes.

  • Ann
    August 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Rasam – It sound amazing! Heading to her site now to check out the recipe…

  • Satmistha
    August 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I love your blog..such beautiful photos accompanying your dishes , makes everything so very tantalizing
    Will try this one out .
    Thank you for visiting me today and leaving such a sweet and motivating note…..makes me absolutely super happy:)

  • Priya Sreeram
    August 7, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    flavourful, yummy n finger licking rasam Kankana – thanks to u , I found a Lovely blog in Flavours Fiesta !

  • aarthi
    August 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Hai Dear

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  • Mother's Secret Home Recipes
    August 7, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Rasam with Pears….yum yum yum.

  • Kala
    August 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Wonderful series of images. This soup looks so tasty!

  • elle marie
    August 8, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Wow, look at that sunning shallow DOF, the photos look amazing, of course the dish looks absolutely mouth watering.

  • Marina
    August 8, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    I will have to ban myself from this page, because I am sooo hungry now 🙂

  • torviewtoronto
    August 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    I just posted rasam too and just saw yours now. This looks fabulous I have never had rasam with pear before very innovative Kankana

  • Divya
    August 8, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    Hi Kankana! Thanks for sharing the recipe on my site! I actually tried it out yesterday and it turned out so well. I couldn’t get enough of it. Yummers :).

  • Treat and Trick
    August 8, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Such a unique combo! Truly delicious….

  • Soma
    August 8, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Bring it on girl! sounds good… fruity and spicy.

  • lisaiscooking
    August 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Tamarind with tomato sounds so delicious. I wish this were my lunch today!

  • tigerfish
    August 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    I like Rasam too! It’s appetizing due to the spice and tangy flavor. Since you have something on Toor Dal, maybe I can ask if they are the same as yellow split peas? I use these peas for Sambar.

  • Sissi
    August 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful double recipe. I have never heard of rasam powder before! And thanks for making us discover Divya’s blog!

  • rebecca
    August 8, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    love this I recently saw a Rasam with cherries, thanks for the kind comment to be honest I am tired, pleased when mum in law gets here to cook for hubby

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    August 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Oh exactly what Rebecca said I saw cherry rasam by Radhika and now pears. I want these rasams noW!!

  • Vandya
    August 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Such an unusual recipe for rasam…I’m really curious to try myself. Love the color..It’s gorgeous.

  • Champa
    August 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I have made Gojju and sour sauce with pear but never rasam. Pictures are so awesome I want to drink it from the screen.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 8, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Hi Kankana! I just visited Divja’s website for the first time this morning but I missed your guest post! I’m going back again to see your post. I’ve never tried Rasam and now I’m all curious!!

  • Luv'n Spoonfuls
    August 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    What a unique flavor combination! I can’t wait to give this a try…the photos are so beautiful, you can almost taste all the flavors!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    August 8, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Congrats on top 9!So happy to see you up there!:)

  • athena
    August 8, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    love that I’m learning a lot from your blog! this looks amazing… so vibrant. heading over to divya’s blog now!

  • Jamie @ Wokintime
    August 8, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    This soup looks amazing! I never used tamarind before, but I’m eager to try.

    You’re right, I love Divya’s clean design. Thanks for introducing her to us!

  • Girish
    August 9, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Interesting recipe. I love rassam, but with pear. WOW, that should be tasty.
    Thanks for visiting my photography blog and replying.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 9, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Congrats on Top 9 Kankana! This is a beautiful post!

  • Kim Bee
    August 9, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Congrats to you on Top 9! Your recipe and picture are outstanding. Love it.

  • Val
    August 9, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    This has taken tomato soup to whole new level for me. I love the use of tomatoes and pears and the idea of sweet and spicy. Plus I’m intrigued to make the rasam spice mix 🙂

  • Silvia
    August 9, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    But that something so rich and so well presented.
    Congratulations on such a good page.

    Besos.

  • Joanne
    August 9, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    Wow what a flavorful twist on tomato soup!

  • leaf (the indolent cook)
    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    This looks wonderful. I love the fiery colour, and all those spices must make it so flavoursome.

  • kitchenarian
    August 9, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    What a wonderful combination of flavors and spices. Congratulations on Top 9 today!

  • Lin Ann
    August 9, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Congrats on Top 9! It looks and sounds wonderful. You made some very nice changes. And I can just imagine all those amazing flavors.

  • Allie
    August 9, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    This recipe looks so amazing and delicious !!

  • Rosa
    August 9, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Wow, what an incredible combination of ingredients! That soup looks absolutely mouthwatering.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Sia
    August 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    what a lovely ‘fruity’ twist to traditional ‘all time fav’ rasam!

  • Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    August 9, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Delicious combination of ingredients. Every time we visit you it’s an education and thanks for introducing us to Divya’s blog. Another fascinating and delicious recipe bringing a smile to our faces, thanks! Congrats on the Top 9, too!

  • Alyce
    August 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Sounds amazing.

  • Tiffany
    August 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Hi Again! Congrats on making Top 9!!! 😀

  • [email protected]
    August 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    You know, I have never made rasam at home even though I love it..pear is an excellent addition..looks wonderful..send me some! 🙂

  • sarah
    August 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    So pretty! I’ve never used curry leaves or rasam powder but I’m looking forward to making some of my own- great post!

  • sally
    August 9, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    The combination of tomatoes and pears is new to me. I’m sure it is delicious though.

  • purabi naha
    August 9, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Rasam with pear?!! Girl, that’s really innovative!! This sounds delicious!!

  • Anita Menon
    August 9, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    I really appreciate this about you. You really push your readers ( esp. me) out of my comfort zone and challenge us to try something absolutely unconventional.
    Having grown up on rasam and sambar my whole life, a pear and tomato rasam combination creates a short circuit in my brain.
    At the same time, it intrigues me and drags me out of my comfort zone to open my eyes and see that whilst you can keep the tradition part of it alive, it is always great to explore new flavour combination.

    The photos are sooo good. Great job.

  • daksha
    August 9, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Hi! kankana congrats for top 9! Rasam is so good, i like with dosa:) Pears with rasam new for me.

  • peachkins
    August 9, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    I wish i could try a cup of that soup!

  • Tes
    August 10, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    What a gorgeous soup! and wonderful addition of pear in rasam 🙂

  • Life is Full
    August 10, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Rasam sounds like something I would want to try, it has a lovely colour too. I love your photograpy!!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    August 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Aahhh! That rasam recipe has me drooling all over my keyboard 😀 Love the twist with pears. Can’t wait to try this recipe during winter!

  • nancy at good food matters
    August 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    beautiful recipe, and an unusual, yet perfect use for my many garden tomatoes. heading over to Divya’s blog now, thanks for letting us know about her lovely space.

  • jeanne
    August 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    wow. this is so gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it.

  • mustardseed
    August 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    This is such an innovative recipe. It looks absolutely delicious. Have to make this one!