Perhaps, this rasam was (is?) a poor man's delight. I was told by my dad, about the humble begining of my great grandfather and my grandfather. Whenever he remembered those good old days, he never forgets Pachi Charu/Hasi Saru which used to be their favorite. Bele/Dhal was considard feast and was cooked only few times a year. His eyes turn moist when he remembers those days but he says: "those difficult times strengthened the bonding between us brothers and sisters"
I had totally forgotten this rasam untill my lovely sis reminded me of it. Recipe was shared and I made it also. Before posting, I even got a comment from one of the reader, requesting this recipe or did I understand it incorrectly? god knows....! All though, it is simple to make, you need some skill to balance the flavors of sour-sweet-salt.
Hasi Saru/Pachi Charu
Tamarind Paste : 2 tbsp
Jaggery : As required to balance the taste
Salt : As Required to balance the taste
Water : To make sufficient qty rasam
Green Chillies: 2 (chopped into big pieces)
Garlic: 1 clove (chopped into fine pieces)
Onion: 1tbsp (chopped into fine pieces)
Oggarane : little
Grated fresh coconut: 1tsp (you can omit this, if u don't want to add)
Coriander Leaves : 1tsp (finely chopped)
1.In a thick bottomed pan, take Green Chillies, garlic and onion with little salt and crush them together with your hands. You can throw away chilli skin if u do not want them to float in rasam.
Caution: Wash your hands well, after crushing chillies
2. Add 2 tbsp of tamarind juice, jaggery and salt. Add powdered jaggery to save yourself from crushing jaggery in tamarind juice. Mix well.
3. Add required amount of water and mix well. Taste little and adjust the flavors if needed.
4. Add chopped coriander and grated coconut, mix and set it aside for 1hr or 2.
5. IMPORTANT : This rasam tastes better only if you set it aside for an hour or two. Flavors settle well and tastes better with time. If it is summer time, you can refrigerate it to have a cooler rasam.
6. TIP: You can drink it as a soup and slurrrp! it tastes ...
Taste it to believe it :D