Transforming Leftover Rice Water into Flavorful Kerala Rasam: A Nutrient-Rich Twist

In Kerala, where rice is a staple, the often-disregarded rice water, left after boiling rice, is a reservoir of valuable nutrients. This rice water, when mixed with salt, becomes an instant energy drink, particularly favored during harsh summers. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rice water contains carbohydrates for energy and muscle-building proteins. It’s rich in B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9) supporting metabolism, energizing the body, and regulating the nervous system. Additionally, essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and selenium maintain electrolyte balance, strengthen bones, and boost immunity. Turning this nutritious rice water into Kerala Rasam adds a delightful twist to the traditional recipe, imparting a subtle taste and texture that enhances the overall culinary experience. Adjusting spice levels and consistency according to personal preferences allows for a customized and nutritious dining experience.

To prepare the rice water rasam, heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and red chilli. Sauté crushed garlic, add tomato pieces and curry leaves, and cook until the raw smell disappears. Pour tamarind water, add asafoetida powder, turmeric powder, rasam powder, and salt, boiling the mixture. Introduce rice water and continue boiling before adding pepper powder and chopped coriander leaves. This transforms the often-discarded rice water into a flavorful and nutrient-packed rasam, combining the goodness of rice water with the traditional flavors of Kerala cuisine.

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