- Water Melon – 1 big piece
- Tamarind – Big Gooseberry size
- Cooked thuvar dal – 1/4 cup
- Turmeric Powder – 2 pinches
Ingredients - To fry and grind
- Red Chillies – 2
- Coriander seeds (Daniya) – 1 tablespoon
- Thuvar dal – 1 teaspoon
- Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon
- Jeeragam (Cumin) – 1 teaspoon
- For seasoning:
- Ghee or oil – 1 teaspoon
- Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
- Jeeragam (Cumin) – 1/2 teaspoon
- Asafoetida Powder – 2 pinches
- Curry leaves – few
- Coriander leaves – few
- Lemon Juice – few drops
- Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
- Remove the outer skin and seeds from water melon. Cut it into big pieces and grind it to a fine puree. We need 2 cups of watermelon juice.
- Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice. Take one cup tamarind water and keep aside.
- Add enough water to the cooked thuvar dal and make it to 1 cup dal water.
- In a teaspoon of oil fry red chillies, coriander seeds, thuvar dal, peeper and jeeragam. Cool it and grind it to a coarse powder.
- Put the tamarind water in a vessel. Add turmeric powder and salt. Bring to boil.
- When it starts boiling, add water melon juice and again allow to boil.
- Then add thuvar dal water. When it starts boiling, add the coarsely ground powder and stir well.
- Season it with mustard, jeeragam and curry leaves.
- Remove from stove.
- Add few drops of lemon juice.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and few pieces of water melon.
This water melon rasam is slightly sweet and sour. Some people also have it as a Soup.