Sunday, December 9, 2012

Simple does it!

Sometimes, all you need is some comfort food. Back when I was a young man, several hundred years ago, my mom would make me Rasam and I would eat it with rice.

When I don't feel like eating rice, I try to substitute other things. One such a thing is Appalam. Appalam is also called Pappad. Appalam is a Tamil name; Pappad is a Hindi name for the same thing.

My favorite appalam is made by Lijjat. There is a lot of good information about the Lijjat Pappad on Wiki; here is a link to the same.
A pappad can be deep-fried or roasted over open flames. It is hard to roast it over an electric stove's coil. Microwaving it is also an option. I microwave mine, often. Though I want to move away from that model, some day soon.
And, the roasted appalam is broken into small pieces and added to a steaming hot bowl of Rasam, as shown below.
I find that I don't need rice to complement many of the dishes from India. I have trained myself to eat the dish without any rice or chapati or naan.

For those who are carb-sensitive, like me, eating Rasam with the appalam might be a viable option.

A hot cup of Rasam is akin to a hot cup of soup on a cold winter day.

Talking of winter, the overnight low, here in Dallas, Texas, is supposed to be in the low 20s. That definitely calls for a warm cup of soup or Rasam. Wouldn't you say?

Bon appetit' :)

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