This type of rasam my mom used to do this often and we all like this taste. lemon enhance the flavour of this rasam and i added garlic here cos my hubby like rasam with garlic. it is optional only.If there is a shortage of tamarind we can try this type of rasam, Have a look. :)
Toor dhal 1/2 cup
Tomatoes 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Garlic 3pods small size (optional)
corriander leaves hand full
Asafoedita 1/4 tsp
Rasam powder 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2tsp
salt to tase
Mustard seed 1/2 tsp
red chilli (round) 3nos
urad dhal 1/2 tsp
Oil for seasoning
Pressure cook the dhal by adding turmeric powder and cook with enough amount of water. Strain out only the water from the dhal and keep it aside. Use cooked dhal for some other recipe. Only the water is needed.
Heat the kadai with oil and ghee to it. then splutter mustard seeds, urad dhal, Asafoedita ,crush the red chili and add it. Add chopped tomatoes and smash it well. then curry leaves and half of coriander leaves. Now add smashed garlic. fry for few min. add the rasam powder , fry well. now add dhal water with extra water. mix well, then close the pan with a lid and when it starts boiling open the pan . Allow it to boil well, till the raw flavor of rasam powder goes. Add salt. mix well and keep it sim. switch off the flame. Squeeze out lemon according to taste and enjoy. Best side dish is Potato fry.