Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tomato Rasam Cubes

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
Even though I had many urgent drafts to post in my blog for events(including mine which lasts on 25th), I could not wait to post this. I was so thrilled after I tried this and clicked the photos in the afternoon. Past one week, I was thinking about these cubes, but was not able to make.

When I read the event in Jaya's blog, I wanted to participate with some different recipe. I am not sure, whether this is an unique one, but for me its new. I am not a frozen (food) person. I always love to have fresh food. But frozen foods are boon to working mothers or really busy persons. And this one is really a healthy frozen food to preserve and use it.
I have tried to put it step by step photos. 

Ingredients :
Tomato - 6 to 8, big, grated ( do not chop or puree)
Ginger -2 tbsp, grated
Curry leaves - 20
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Pepper - 1 tbsp
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Crush the cumin seeds, pepper and hing and keep aside
Lemon - 1 big
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Red Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Fresh Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Fresh coriander powder - hand full, chopped

Heat oil in a thick bottomed deep vessel. Keep it on a medium heat. Add mustard seeds and wait till seeds splutter. 
Add grated ginger, curry leaves and crushed powder. Fry it for a minute. 
Add grated tomato. Fry for 2 minutes. 
Now add salt, sugar, turmeric powder,red chilly powder and fresh coriander powder. Mix it properly and let it cook for 5 minutes. 
Add Lime juice and fresh coriander. 
Cook for few more minutes. 
DO NOT ADD WATER AS THIS HAS TO BE PRESERVED. Check the taste. It should be strong and spicy as we are going to add water to the cubes to make it into rasam. So adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

Allow it to cool. Fill in the ice cube tray.

Try to take the tray with the lid or cover as the curry smell will get into the freezer. If you do not have lid, cover it with foil.
Keep it in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours. Or according to the capacity of your fridge. 

Once set, Remove the cubes.

Store in a air tight jar in the freezer. You can keep it for a week to 10 days at least.
This quantity makes 8 big cubes. You can vary the quantity according to your requirement.
When ever you need to make rasam, remove the required cubes. Boil the water in a vessel (1:2) Add the cubes and cook for few minutes. Adjust the seasoning. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve it with hot rice.
These cubes are going to the event  Back to basics  held by Jaya of  Desi Soccer Mom 

Healing Foods -Event Announcement which is started by Siri  (Healing foods)

Keep Smiling,


kitchen queen said...

nice innovative idea of tomato cubes.

Nithya said...

This is such a fantastic idea.. wow.. cool. :) will try it out for sure :)

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! Nive, this is such a great idea..lovely entry for Jaya's event..

Unknown said...

Nivedita, that is one amazing and unique (yes for sure unique) recipe. And what a great idea to reserve tomato rasam. And why do you say it will stay just for 8 to 10 days. I would bet, it would be fresh for almost 3 months in freezer, i.e., if it is not over by

Priya Suresh said...

Very interesting...beautiful entry.

Kiran said...

Frozen tomato rasam cubes is a unique idea.Very wonderful idea to make instant rasam.

Desisoccermom said...

Wow! Nivedita. I am totalling loving this rasam cubes idea. Thank you for the entry.

Umm Mymoonah said...

That's a very good tip Nivedita, busy mom's will cherish this.

Nitha said...

Thts a great idea..

RV said...

What a brilliant idea Nive... Love it..Perfect for working women.

Satya said...

very useful post ...very creative one ...thanks for sharing


chef and her kitchen said...

That is really a very useful one dear...

Hari Chandana P said...

very nice idea.. looks really yumm.. thanks for sharing dear !!

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Brilliant idea and love the step by step procedure

Shama Nagarajan said...

good idea dear

Nivedita Thadani said...

Hi All
Thank you so much for such a lovely comments. This inspires me to do more.
@ Priya,
I think we can keep it for months, provided no power failure and proper refrigeration. I am talking about here at my place where the power goes for hours.

Mina Joshi said...

Super idea!!

Sangeetha said...

Great idea! I am defntly going to try this! As a working mom I am always looking for stuff to prep!

Thas @ Cooking with Thas said...

Congratulations on making it to the 30 best recipes of 2010. This is definitely an unique way of freezing rasam for me. Hats off to you!

kanthi said...

Very innovative n useful in day ti day busy life..

Jaleela Kamal said...

gr8 idea/
I not making rasam cube
i wil making only
tamarind cubes, for curma (badam,coconut,cashew ) cubes.
like this only.
our family fav tomato rasam,

Unknown said...

This is very interesting and unique idea. Tomato cube looks nice.

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