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Jun 19, 2012

Homemade Rasam Mix / How to Freeze Rasam Mix - Freezer Friendly Recipes / Ready to Eat Indian Dishes



 Working and Cooking after marriage is really tough. I am really feeling the pressure during the peek morning hours. So I decided to plan ahead and find some easy ways to solve this problem. My husband is so sweet to get me a huge side by side refrigerator for me as my wedding gift. I didn't start yet to use it completely, but the time has come now. I thought of using the freezer as my friend and take advantage of it completely. I have started to find new tricks and techniques which makes my life easier. I have started freezing everything.




A freezer is the best friend of a busy cook. You can freeze pretty much anything. They will keep everything fresh for a long time. So whenever you feel sick or feel not to cook anything, then freezer comes in handy for you all. I have started to stock foods in my freezer to make my life simpler. One of the saviour is this rasam mix, I am completely love with this idea. During busy morning the first thing which comes to your mind is making rasam for lunch, but due to the constant power cut in the morning I am finding it difficult to grind stuff for that. At first I thought of grinding the ingrediants(garlic, chilli and cumin) needed for the rasam and freeze it. Then I thought why not make rasam mix and freeze it. I got into action and found this method to be very useful.



So thought of sharing this with you all. What is your way of freezing foods, I would love to hear from you all. I will share more of my freezing techniques with you all in my coming post.


Ingredients:

Tomatoes - 6 large chopped
Tamarind - 1 big lemon size ball
Rasam powder - 3 tblspn
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tblspn

For Crushing:
Garlic - 2 whole heads
Dry Red Chilli - 10
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 2 tsp

For Tempering:
Oil - 1/2 cup
Mustard Seeds / kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 4
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya podi - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a handful

Method:

Take tomatoes in a blender and make into a fine puree.
Take garlic, cumin and chilli in a blender and crush it, I used my mini food processor.
Take tamarind in a bowl and soak it in a cup of water for 15 mins, Squeeze with your hands and strain it.

Heat oil in a pan. Add all the ingrediants given in the tempering list and cook for a min.

Add in the crushed garlic mixture and saute for a min.

Add in the tomato puree and mix well. Cook for 5 mins.

Add in rasam powder, salt , sugar and tamarind puree. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 20-30 mins.

Cook this mixture till oil separates from this.

Now take it off the heat and allow to cool down.

Now take individual freeze containers and divide this mixture in to that. Cover with the lid and label it with name and the date of freezing.

Transfer it to the freezer.

How to make Rasam using the mix:

When you need, take the container out of the freezer and defrost it for a min in microwave. Transfer it to a kadai and add enough water and seasoning. Bring it to a boil and garnish with coriander leaves. serve with rice.

Important Points to remember before freezing :

1.Don't add too much water to this mixture while cooking. The mixture should be thick.
2.Cook the mixture till oil floats on top.
3.Cool the mixture completely before freezing.
4.Use freezer safe container for freezing to avoid freezer burn.
5.Freeze rasam mix in individual portion, so that it will be easy to defrost.
6.Do not refreeze the thawed mixture.
7.Labeling of the container is a must. This will help you to know about the stuff which you freezed.
8.This can be stored in the freezer for upto a month.

Pictorial:
Take all your ingrediants
Soak Tamarind in water and squeeze all the juices with your hands and strain it.
Take garlic, cumin and chillies in a blender or processor
and crush it
Take tomatoes in a blender
and grind it
to a puree
Now heat oil in  a large pan
add all the ingrediants given in the tempering list
Add the crushed garlic and chilli mixture
pour the tomato puree in
and cook well
add rasam powder to this
add some salt and sugar
pour in the tamarind mixture
and mix well
cover and simmer
till oil separates on top
Let it cool down. Transfer to individual freezer containers
Cover it with a lid
label it
and freeze it....

37 comments:

Leena JD said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Arthi, Your blog keeps me engaged for so long :) lot of yummy recipes! Your Rasam Mix looks amazing and easy! am gonna try it soon :)

renu's foodigest said... Best Blogger Tips

very good idea.. waiting for more of your freeze options!!!:)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent recipe.My mom used to get up at 4 in morning and do all her cooking,then get back to job.Its a work of 3 to 5 people work and my mom did it all her life.I am so proud of my mother and the way she brought us all up.But it hurts that she had to struggle all the way.This is a good option of freezing things up. I will definitely try this recipe but have it fresh. Are you going to eat this the whole week.

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for sharing it.. very useful information..

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Rasam mix looks spicy. Very useful mix. We can make anything from this mix.

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Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Very handy and extremely inviting rasam mix.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said... Best Blogger Tips

I almost always make large casseroles, stews etc and freeze part of them. Life is made so much easier that way. This Indian dish looks yummy. Diane

Ez Cookbook said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for sharing and this will be helpful sometimes when we find hard time to cook and fast to cook too..

shalu said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow this looks really tasty.I am so proud of you using different ways to cook faster.Your a perfect wife u keep trying to make ur in laws and hubby happy.We usually make things fresh.we generally store ginger garlic paste and curry powder ready.You can make your amazing idli /dosa batter.Its amazing..Cant wait for your next recipe.

Shilpakiran said... Best Blogger Tips

oh thats awesome method .. i really like the way you have managed time .. me too working women ..thanks so much for sharing dear

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks beautiful! Fabulous color. I like to keep chopped onions in the freezer to add to recipes.

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice post,thanks for sharing.

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Very yummy

Latha said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent idea....the mix looks yummy!

Kurryleaves said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks a lot for sharing this recipe..well presented..

Fathima said... Best Blogger Tips

Aha, a south indian freezer recipe, so very rare to find on the blogging world. When I was working, I used to make sambhar in bulk and freeze in portions. same with tomato chutney and non veg masala gravy. Thanks for the recipe. My ulundham paruppu curry also freezes well.

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely recipe/tip going to use it :)

srividhya Ravikumar said... Best Blogger Tips

very useful post Arthi...

Gayathri NG said... Best Blogger Tips

Very useful and handy rasam mix, looks so excellent...

Shanthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple, yummy & great

zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!!! very useful and delicious post.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Here are my freezing tips..

1. Freeze tamarind pulp and cut a small portion from it and add to the dal while cooking.
2. Freeze fresh coconut pieces and use as needed for coconut chutney.
3.Chicken masala paste (fresh coconut,poppy seeds,coriander seeds,cinnamon,cloves) can be frozen in small containers to make chicken kurma.
4.Freeze finely chopped ginger and use as needed for upma during busy mornings.
5.store a bag of frozen mixed veggies in the freezer and use when needed.to make fried rice or mixed veg kurma in a jiffy.

Also, I store idlies in the fridge for not more than a week.I microwave 5 at a time for a min and serve them hot.This is very helpful during busy mornings.My mom has been doing this and I find it very easy.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Very useful post..

The Mad Scientist said... Best Blogger Tips

Good one dear. Welcome to freezeland. Freeze veggies, sprouts, fried masala pastes, ginger garlic. In short store your kitchen in the freeze. You may find it more convenient to use plastic pags but that is when your freezer is jammed.
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Sharmilee! :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Useful post....nice recipe during the busy hours

Jessica | Cajunlicious said... Best Blogger Tips

Great flavors Arthi and I love freezer friendly meals!

Lubna Karim said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the recipe...it is very useful one....

Sridevi Padala said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarti, one question,...when the power is gone for hours , whatever kept in the fridge will be thawed automatically right? If thats not a problem for you, could u pls give a brief explanation, how you will freeze it. Thank you so much for the advice in advance.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sridevi PadalaIn our place. the power is going during peek morning hours, so i find it difficult for cooking. Infact the freezer remains cool for hours, so there is no chance of defrosting.

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R.Punitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi ,

Amazing !!!

Beautiful idea and

neat presentation Aarthi...

Nita said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious post...

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Richa said... Best Blogger Tips

This is definitely a great solution! that color is amazing !

fxsunny said... Best Blogger Tips

When ready to make rasam, you said defrost, add water and seasoning. Can you elaborate on what seasoning specifically? Salt? Anything else?

Thanks for the idea.

fxsunny said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea, thanks for the pics.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@fxsunnyseasoning means salt..if you need to add extra salt add it..