Cilantro Soopa (Coriander Rasam)

Cilantro Soopa
Cilantro Soopa ~ for Jihva:Cilantro

Coriander flavor in full force, this cilantro soopa is a scintillating spicy preparation that would soothe the hunger pangs and mitigates the migraine pains. Natural ingredients pure flavor in full display, this original recipe from me is a dieters delight and tasty alternative to cream/butter/flour filled western soup preparations.

Cilantro Soopa
(makes about 2 servings)

1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black peppercorn
1 tablespoon tamarind pulp – soaked in a cup of water and juice extracted
1 tablespoon – crushed jaggery
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon oil and tadka ingredients

Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin and black peppercorn in a small cast iron skillet. Powder to fine in a spice grinder, without adding any water.

In a vessel, add a teaspoon of oil. Heat. Add a sprig of curry leaves, pinch of mustard seeds and asafetida. Sauté few seconds until leaves start to brown.

Add tamarind juice, crushed jaggery and coriander powder. Also salt and about two cups of water. Bring to boil. Add cilantro leaves. Simmer for few minutes until leaves wilt. Switch off the heat. Serve warm. Excellent to sip or drink without rice.

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Soopa=Sanskrit for rasam/chaaru like preparations.
© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari

16 Comments

  • By Nirmala, April 21, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

    I could imagin the fragrance of this rasam Indira…hmmmm…I never make rasam without kothamalli leaves. Soon after I pour the rasam in the vessel after done I sprinkle hand fulls of chopped leaves and immediately close the vessel till served. This soopa makes me drool.

  • By Divya Vikram, April 22, 2009 @ 12:33 am

    Flavorful rasam! Comfort food..

  • By Kay, April 22, 2009 @ 6:20 am

    Looks so good, very comforting! I’ll give it a try when I have my next migraine episode.

  • By Madhuram, April 22, 2009 @ 7:07 am

    I too prepare a similar rasam but without jaggery and fry 2 cloves of garlic with the tadka ingredients. Indira, I add this rasam to plain (cooked) oatmeal and it tastes just like rasam rice or even better when eaten hot. But the oatmeal should not be like “mudda” (very solid) but more in a semi solid form.

  • By Kalyani, April 22, 2009 @ 9:27 am

    Looks great indira … i too sprinkle lot of chopped corriander in rasam …

  • By The Muser, April 22, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi Indira,

    Delurking after a while!! This Soopa/Shorba/Rasam is an integral part of our diet especially when we want something light!! And your blog is absolutely wonderful! Love the way u present the dishes… am sure its required a lot of effort and patience to maintain such a lovely blog :)

  • By Uma, April 22, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    I get started with rasam/charu like this, to build a good appetite before a meal. Love Kotimeera, I use it liberally.

  • By Sudha Rajagopalan, April 22, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    This is ultimate comfort food. Migraine, what Migraine, this soopa will make Migraine run away. Love it as a drink or with rice and pappad. I make Idli’s swim in rasam and eat, mouthwatering.

  • By rashmi, April 22, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

    rasam/charu is most welcoming dish to me and my family be it summer or winter…we just love it ..

  • By Srimathi, April 23, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    Hi Indira,
    Its been a while since I visited your blog. The recipes you have posted are very refreshing. I love rasam and will try this one for sure.

  • By Vishali, April 23, 2009 @ 10:53 am

    mmhh nice delicious soopa with cilantro. I have migraines will try this for sure. thanks for sharing Indira.

  • By Le @HC, April 23, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    My mother smashes the above ingredients with garlic on the stone grind and adds it to chaaru just like the way u did minus jaggery.. Tastes divine.. Will try ur way sans garlic.. Sure my family will love it.

  • By Swapna, April 23, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

    Hi Indira,

    I am a big fan of your blog and just love to go thru your recipes. I have tried a few and tasted so good. I really like the way you write too.

    You mention the use of cast iron skillet, did you get them from here or from India, if from here could you recommend me a good brand.

    Thanks.

  • By Athika, April 23, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    hmmm….delicious. I love rasam. This is a new variety of rasam. I only know tomato or lemon rasam never heard of corainder rasam. Will try it for sure.. Thanks for sharing

  • By swethaskitchen.com, April 25, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

    Hi Indira
    recently i came accross JFI and i would like to be a part of it. and your blog rocks! I wish you all success and keep up your good work. I would like to be one of the hosts for JFI.
    cheers!
    Swetha

  • By Indira, April 26, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    Nirmala: Your description makes me crave the rasam. Rasam won’t taste the same without kottumali leaves.

    Divya Vikram: :)

    Kay: I remember from school days that coriander is good for migraine.

    Madhuram: Serving with oatmeal is a great idea. Will try for sure.

    Kalyani: Our cooking methods match. Good for you.

    The Muser: Great to read your comment. It’s all passion and fun.:)

    Uma: Rasam makes a nice welcome to the meal ahead.

    Srimati: Welcome back. Hope you enjoy it.

    You are most welcome, Vihsali. Hope you get relief from migraine through coriander rasam.

    Le: My father in law is a big fan of rasam. So rasams (variety) are in demand right now at my home. I will try amma’s version. Blog under garlic rasam.:)

    Swapna: Mine is a used, generic kind of skillet, about 20 years old. I bought it from a flea market in Pittsburgh. I also have Lodge brand skillet. Works nice. Try a small sized one and see how it works for our cooking.

    Let me know how you like it if you try. Thanks Athika.

    Hello Swetha:Congratulations on your new blog.
    Thanks for your interest in JFI. This year’s calendar is filled up. Please check back again in next April to host.

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