Rasam, Powerhouse of Minerals and Vitamins

  • 13 May 2019
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Rasam is made using tamarind juice, pepper, tomato, cumin and has a distinct sour, peppery and spicy taste. According to food author and historian KT Achaya, "Rasa in Sankrit means extract. Rasam in the Tamil country is a thin extract of thuvar dal spiced in various ways, such as pepper, tamarind, lime, tomato, curry leaves, etc. It is poured on rice as the first course of a south Indian meal. Rasam is also called saar, saaru, chaaru and pulusu in other south Indian languages. The British colonials adopted it as a pungent soup called mulligatawny."

Below are the benefits of consuming the soup on a daily basis-

1. Helps with constipation

The tamarind used in rasam is packed with rich dietary fibre which adds bulk to the stool and is beneficial for anyone with a constipation problem.

2. Rich in minerals and vitamins

The nutrient-rich soup is loaded with thiamine, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper and magnesium.

It is rich in antioxidants that prevent free radicals from forming. This helps in the maintenance of healthy and beautiful skin. It is also advisable to drink it during the flu season because of its source of vitamin C. Rasam is believed to be a good choice for babies who are starting to eat solid food.

Drinking rasam may also help with indigestion. The black pepper in it helps with the secretion of stomach acid that aids digestion. It also prevents the formation of gas build up in the stomach.

3. Aids weight loss

The black pepper used in rasam helps to increase the body's metabolism. A faster metabolism helps to slow down the body's ability to put on weight.

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