Thursday, June 11, 2009

Channa / Chickpeas Rasam

Rasam is a very vital dish in South Indian lunch menu. When it is so, don't you think its boring to have the same kind everyday??? So planned to make a lot of changes in it everyday. So far I have come up with 14 rasam recipes. Thirst for rasam never ends, fishing for more.. ;)

Channa is a very nutritions legume. It is a helpful source of zinc, folate, proteins and carbohydrates. So this is definitely going to be an amazing diet. ;)


Channa - 1 cup
Cumin seeds(Jeera) - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 2 tsp
Red Chillies - 4

Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Small Onions - 3
Garlic - 3 pods
Coconut - 1 tbsp
White poppy seeds(gasa gasa) - 2 tsp
Tamarind - small lemon sized ball
Jaggery - for taste
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Salt - for taste


Soak channa over night. Then pressure cook the channa and keep it aside. Now in a pan add a spoon of oil and fry pepper, red chillies, coriander seeds and cumin seeds till it slightly turns brown. Now remove from flame and grind it into a fine puree along with poppy seeds(gasa gasa), 1/2 cup channa, coconut, onions and garlic adding little water to it.

Now take the puree in a vessel and add the remaining 1/2 cup of cooked channa, tamarind paste, jaggery, curry leaves and salt to it and let
it boil for a while. Once done season it with mustard and garnish with coriander leaves.

Channa rasam is ready to eat. This rasam really has a spice and yummy taste. :) Its very healthy too. :)

Serve it with hot steamed rice and chips. :) Happy
cooking. :)

Written by: Nithya
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veena said...

Hi Nitya ..

Rasam ith chick peas..Its completely new to me ..I will surely try this version ..U gt a grea blog ..keep up the good work..
keep in touch

Pavithra Elangovan said...

WOnderful presentation nithi..I too make this except no poppy seeds. May be i will try it out with poppy next time sure it will taste great and different flavour.

chef and her kitchen said...

Nithya,Ur presentation distracts us to read the recipe.....I directly came to the comment section with out reading..Now i need to go back n check it gal....Nice presentation.

Padma said...

Nice presentation Nithya and chick peas rasam is very new ... looks delicious :)

Christo Gonzales said...

beautiful presentation and some nutritional information - well done!

Srilakshmi said...

My first time here.. and I've fallen for your presentations.. Simply awesome! Hearing about Channa Rasam for the first time - Def gotta try it!

Chef Jeena said...

I adore this chickpea dish it looks really scrumptious - love the butterfly and the chillies previously are so cute. :-)

Priya Suresh said...

Very new to me, lovely and creative butterfly dear!

kittymatti said...

very unique recipe..asusual fantastic presentation

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, what an interesting presentation. You're very creative!! And who said you're new to kitchen, can't beleive it tho'.

Love this innovative rasam, and liked your sweet butterfly art work there.

I even liked ur mirchi bajji...and those cute cartoon chilies!!!

sathya said...

Wonderful rasam and quite a new one with chickpeas !

Unknown said...

Butterfly looks cute! And adding channa in rasam is new to me.Too good!

ARUNA said...

tht's a wow presentation!!!! Loved the butterfly!

Parita said...

Oh my dear..u r sooo creative, very cute presentation and channa rasam? wow thats new to me and must a try too :)

Chutneytales said...

Thanks for visiting me..
You have a neat the layout and ur pictures are stunning..How could u come up with such creative ideas..Will stay in touch..Rite now im in blogging break.Will come back soon :)

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Chickpeas in rasam, new to me. Looks delicious.

Unknown said...

Hai nithya....chance illai..superbaa irukku unga samayl ellaam....adhicida,..unga..presentation arumaiyo arumai....ovvoru dishukkum veru veru stylla superb.thanks.

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