Recipe: This Lemon Vodka Rasam is the best thing you will make during the lockdown

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author_img Sonali S Published :  18th April 2020 07:04 PM   |   Published :   |  18th April 2020 07:04 PM

Chef Harish Rao from Chennai has been wowing us with all sorts of exciting treats from his home kitchen on his IGTV - from Omelette Curry to Jackfruit pepper fry. But this delicious twist on a South Indian staple, rasam, is perhaps our favourite. 

Let's get cooking!

(For Muddling the Vodka)
45 ml vodka
Rasam (chilled, and strained)
5-6 curry leaves
1 lemon
A few sprigs coriander leaves
1 piece of fresh ginger


(For the lemon rasam)
2 tbsp Toor dal
5 green chillies slit
A pinch of turmeric powder
1 tbsp rasam powder
1 tsp pepper cumin powder
1½ tsp salt
1 tbsp coriander leaves
2 tbsp lemon juice (adjust as needed)

For tempering
2 tsp ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
A few curry Leaves
1 tomato (roughly chopped)

Cooking dal
Take Toor dal, slit green chilli and turmeric in a vessel. Add water and pressure cook for about 3-4

Making rasam
-In a sauce pan, add the cooked dal and green chili tomatoes and add 2 cups of water
-To the sauce pan, add rasam powder, pepper-cumin powder and salt. Allow the rasam to boil for about
5 minutes
-Add 1 more cup of water and allow the rasam to form a frothy layer on top of the rasam. Switch off the flame. Do not bring it to boil
- Garnish with coriander leaves

Tempering process
- Heat ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add curry leaves and give a mix.
- Finally add tomato and saute the tomato for a minute.
- Add this Tempering to the Rasam. Finally add lemon juice and give a mix

(For the lemon vodka rasam)
- First, muddle the curry leaves,coriander leaves, ginger, lemon and strain it and keep aside.
- Add the vodka to the Rasam along with the muddled ingredients.
- Strain the drink into a martini glass or a shot glass.

This drink tastes delicious when be served hot or cold.

(Chef Harish Rao is the Brand Chef of SeaSalt Madras and a consultant chef)