Pepper rasam (menasina saaru) recipe.
On a cold winter, I just can’t get enough of heartwarming pepper rasam or ‘menasina saaru’. Menasu means peppercorns in Kannada and that’s the hero of this dish. Simple, clean cooking at its best. Not only does it taste amazing, but this rasam also helps clear up cold and cough that the winter brings with it!
This dish has all things you need to heal common cold or cough – peppercorn, cumin, and lemon. It is a perfect winter warmer and can be substituted for soups.
To make pepper rasam (menasina saaru), I boil toor dal with a pinch of turmeric and lots of water. I dry roast cumin seeds and peppercorn for a few minutes on low flame until they are aromatic. I then coarsely pound them in a mortar pestle. I add this to the boiled dal and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. I then prepare a tempering in ghee with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and hing. I add this to the saaru, turn off the flame and then squeeze in lemon juice.
Absolute comfort food. Relish this instead of a bowl of soup during winter and I am sure there is no looking back!