What’s with the name ?

For those who are unfamiliar with the meaning of ‘Rasam’ or have never heard of it before, it is a Tamil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_language) word used to describe a watery yet wonderfully spicy south Indian tomato soup often eaten with rice or drunk as is. I was born and brought up in South India, in the (former) garden city of Bangalore, where this dish is called “Saaru” or “Tomato Saar”. Needless to say, it is very popular in the Indian subcontinent and features regularly at the south Indian table (or the floor). Interestingly, it seems popular enough that Amazon sells it in a pre-mixed form (http://www.amazon.com/MTR-Ready-to-Eat-Rasam-Rice-10-56oz/dp/B004XTDJCU) but I will reserve judgement about how this compares to the real deal.

I grew up in Bangalore but in the last ten years I have lived in New Zealand, Australia and more recently, in England. It was in  Australia that I met my wonderful partner. He’s Australian for all other purposes but when it comes to food, he definitely has an Asian soul. Once I knew he was willing to try my food, I didn’t hold back on any kitchen experiments. Very soon,  Rasam escalated to the top of his ‘most-wanted-food’ list and has remained there ever since.

Now that we live together and I do most of the cooking because I like to, pre-dinner conversation usually involves the question “What shall I make for dinner?” Nine times out of ten, the response I get is “Can we have some rasam?….Please? And a big, adorable smile to go with it.

He’s the inspiration for this website and a constant source of love and encouragement in my life. Here’s to Rasam !

Rasam steals the show at Diwali lunch.

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