Poondu Rasam (garlic Rasam)

This recipe is a south Indian soup which is eaten with rice. This is a light soup good for throat infections and fever. In south India we make Rasam everyday which is served for second part of the rice. It increases hunger and helps in digestion. And the main ingredients are Tamarind, Garlic, Pepper and Cumin. Its my family's everyday favourite. ;)

Tamarind - 50 grams
Garlic - 8 cloves
Tomato- 1
Salt - To taste
Pepper seeds - 10
Cumin - 2 Teaspoon
Asafoetida powder- 2 pinch
Mustard seeds - 1 Teaspoon
Curry leaves - 6
Coriander leaves - Few
Red chilli - 1
Oil - 1 Teaspoon
Soak the Tamarind in water for 15 minutes.
Extract the juice from Tamarind and filter the juice.
Cut the tomato into small pieces and add it to the juice.
Add required salt and asafoetida powder along with 1 cup of water.
In a blender add Garlic, Cumin and pepper and grind it well.
Add this ground powder to the Tamarind juice and put it on flame.
Cook the soup till it boils well.
For tempering put a small pan on flame and add 1 Teaspoon oil.
Now add mustard seeds to splutter.
Then add broken red chilli , Curry leaves and Coriander leaves.
Add it to the soup and serve hot with rice.
If you want it more spicy add dry red chilli to blender along with the ingredients mentioned.