Lemon Rasam/ Nimbe hannu Saaru

Are you tired of cooking? Or wanting to have food that is very light & soothing? Yes, it happens sometimes! Cooking becomes boredom or not having interest to dine out or feeling too heavy after festive food. Then there is a quick fix for this problem if you are a rice eaters.
Probably you might have guessed it right already. Obviously it should consist of a simple sour food which should call for very less time. It is possible with either lemon which is in the top list as easily available. Tomato or raw mangos (seasonal) are other options.
Here is one such recipe which goes great with or without rice like soup. One will feel comfortable after having it. It is very good aid to improve digestion as well. If you want to make it wholesome or filling, then cooked dal can be added. I love it clear that is without dal, that takes very less time to prepare as well.
Look for the Lemon Coriander Clear soup recipe here.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2
Lemon juice – 2-3 tsp or of 1 large lemon
Water – 2 glasses
Jaggery – 1 tsp
Green chilli – 1 or 2 (to taste) or ½ tsp chilli powder
Salt – to taste
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Oil – 1 tsp (coconut oil preferred)
Curry leaves or coriander leaves – for garnishing
Dry red chilli – 1 (optional)
Cooked tur dal – ¼ cup (optional), I usually avoid adding it.

  • Boil water, cooked tur dal (optional) salt, jaggery and chilli powder/ slit green chillis in a vessel. It will take just 4-5 minutes if not using dal (cooking time for dal is seperate).
  • Switch off the stove. Cut the lemon, remove seeds and squeeze to extract the juice. Add this juice to the boiled rasam.
  • Prepare a seasoning with oil, mustard, minced dry red chilli and curry leaves. Add to the rasam. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot rasam with rice or have as soup.