Clementine Orange Rasam/ Tradional Indian tomato-lentil soup with a hint of clementine

Clementine Orange Rasam/ Tradional Indian tomato-lentil soup with a hint of clementine

Oh My darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling clementine season is upon us :)) The crates are home, esp with my son popping one in each time he passes the kitchen counter – But i had my first taste of it in the rasam tonight and I must confess (with modestly) that this was a superb impulse – E-How describes Clementine oranges a cross between an orange and a mandarin orange. They were crossbred to be seedless, sweet and easy to peel. It is pretty much like what we in India referred to as loose jackets (with perhaps tighter jacket or santras and no seeds) Although on second thoughts, I think loose jackets could be tangerines It really tasted amazing and I wish some of my blogger friends or even follower friends lived by me to taste it :)) Ingredients 1 can of diced tomato/tomato puree 1/4 cup of finely cooked and mashed toor dal (split pea) the pulp of 1 clementine orane 2 table spoons of Suvaiyana rasam powder (or other) cilantro to garnish Ghee or butter to sautee with Mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves to sautee with Preparation If you are using diced tomatoes, put in the blender along with the rasam powder and the dal and turn it for a minute to blend them together Put in a deep pot and allow the blend to come to boil Add salt In a small pan, palce the ghee or butter – wait for it to heat and then pop the cumin and mustard seeds and the curry leaves. Pour into the rasam or soup and swtich...
Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup is one of THE most favorite lunch or dinner ideas in my home – Luckily, it also happens to one THE best foods to eat – We have a win-win situation The children (the little one included) seem to go for it in a big way and has been the summer savior when the kids were home and needed instant gratification and in need of a  hearty meal- this again is one of those, “have no ideas today – what can i make that is quick simple and delish, recipes. Talking to my sister the other night reminded me to put it on the blog. Just can it – I mean that’s all you need cans of black beans and diced tomatoes; and, a few spices and garnishing To serve 4 people substantially: Ingredients: 4 cans of black bean soup – Kroger brand works just fine 2 cans of Hunt’s diced tomatoes with no added flavors 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds 1or 2 green chilies (I used 3 because we like it HOT 2 – 3 cloves of garlic 1 spoon of Rasam powderr 1 cup  of chopped cilantro  (most to cook with and some to garnish Olive Oil – 1 teaspoon Preparation: Open cans and drain and wash the black beans thoroughly in a colander In a pan, get the oil heating lightly, add the cumin seeds and allow them to pop, add the garlic and the green chili all uncut. When they are slightly browning, add the tomatoes and let it cook for couple of minutes – this is a good time to throw in the...