A coconut based stew – Thengai paal rasam


10 min


20 min

It has been more than 2 weeks since my fiancee left to the US. I have been talking non-stop about him to anyone whom I find on my way (wink) – literally my cousins were running away from the sight they see me beacuse I have bored them with my S-tales.

For the past few days, I have been missing him terribly and I found my dreams being filled with all fairy-tales about my prince charming.

Din-dong…… din-dong….. – The door bell rang at 6.00am at my residence on Xmas morning. My mother very lethargically got out of her bed thinking it to be the milk-fella.


Din-dong….din-dong….. She yelled back “Yaaa! coming” and she opens the door and goes awestruck.

That was ‘S’ (my fiancee) standing with a bunch of flowers. My mom neither reacted nor greeted him. She stood there frozen.

I am not describing any scene from a bollywood movie, this happened to me on 25th December morning.

He walked straight into my room and said “Wake up”.

I saw someone tall looking like “S” standing with flowers. I thought it to be my usual dream and spared a huge smile and continued to sleep.

He repeated with a louder tone “Get up…get up”.

The voice sounded very similar to S’s.I slowly woke up scratching my head and I opened my eyes again. I was completely shocked to see him in India…in Chennai…in my room. My eyes popped out and my mouth went wide open. I looked around and didn’t know whether its a dream or he was there for real. In that moment of confusion too, I could hear the song “Tuje dekha toyeh jana sanam” in the back drop. Typical Indian girl nah!!! and typical Bollywood movie buff nah!!! (smiles).

Then I saw my mother-in-law smiling and she said “He has come down to spend the new year with you”. I blushed and I am sure I was all pink.

Still I didn’t speak a word and the next thing that came to my mind was “Oh my god!!!! How am I looking now!!!…jus-out-of-the-bed-look…Poor S would have got scared!! I tucked my face immediately into the duvey.”

He then gave me the flowers and chocolates 🙂

This is the best new year surprise I have ever had in my life. Thanks S!!!!! Life cann’t get any better.

My mom, MIL, FIL and S kept talking and I was too quiet, hardly able to believe the fact that He is in India for me. 🙂

The happiness further doubled as my article on Child health got published in Deccan Herald daily. ”S” is becoming my lucky charm. 🙂

Now about the post for today.

A simple hot spicy soup just apt for this chilly weather. The lovely aromatic rasam masalas blends beautifully with the thick coconut milk and unfolds a perfect authentic mixture that is sure to tickle your taste buds. We either drink it as a soup or eat it with steamy rice.


  • 1 cup vertically sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 green chillies – slit lenghtwise
  • 1 tsp rasam podi
  • 500ml water
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbs ghee
  • 1/2 bunch coriander
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2″ cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves


Heat the ghee in a cooking pan. Add the whole masalas, ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and stir for few seconds.

Saute the onions till brown in the tempered oil. Add the chopped tomatoes with little salt and let them cook for a couple of min.

Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder. Cook till the raw smell disappears. It would take about 3-5min. Add the rasam podi and saute for another 3-5min. Add the water and bring them to boil.

Simmer the flame for another 10min.Switch off. Now add the coconut milk and salt. Mix thoroughly and squeeze in the lemon juice.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot with soup sticks/pepper papads.

Note: This can also be taken with rice and tastes great with Tapioca Masala Curry.


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  1. Wish you a very happy new year!

    Have been at the receiving end of those fiance stories 😉

  2. Gal lucky u 🙂 That is really romantic ur story! Happy New Year!

  3. cute romantic story dear. I love yr story rather than the soup to be frank…. I could imagin yr reaction on reading evey word in yr post(like Vali film simran on hearing the love story of Ajith got it?!)

    I know it must be Very Happy christmas and New year for u… Enjoy……..

  4. Thank you for visiting my site 🙂
    This recipe is awesome and I like the fact that it has rasam podi.

    and have a nice time with your fiance!!!

  5. hai vij…ur romantic story moved me to remind me of those days before our marriage……truly romantic…..fairy blessed u with such romance and happiness as your christmas gift………enjoy and hv more fun and happiness……happy new year

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  7. Aaaaah that sounds really romantic, like a dream. Good luck! Congrats on Deccan herald publication too! You rock dear! Enjoy New Year to the core!!!

  8. How romantic. The fella must be really in love. Happy New Year and next year you will be telling us about your hubby!!

  9. Sounds like such a lovely surprise, Vij. Hope you have a great new year.
    That soup looks delicious.

  10. so sweet dear. I m sure this is very romantic and have a great New Year.
    Read ur article in Deccan herald….wonderful..congrats ! u got an article published ..great.

  11. This is such a sweet post. I am happy for you dear. Wishing you a Very Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true 🙂

  12. Hi Vij,First time to your blog. Your pine apple rasam, sweet dosa, patties et all makes my mouth water. Congrats on the Deccan Herald publication.

  13. wow,,..thats surely sounds like fairytale,…can imagine how u must be feelin,..soup looks delicious,..:-) nd ya happy new year to u too….

  14. hey.. that was very sweet of S to come back to spend New year with you… Looks like he swept you off the feet :D..
    The soup looks really comforting..

  15. looks delicious!
    first time to ur blog and it is too good!
    do visit my blog when u find time and join in the savory event going in my blog!
    Wish u a very happy new year!

  16. How sweet and romantic…nice post, congrats on your deccan herald publication…Happy new year !

  17. This was really sweet of him……reminds me of my courtship period ;)…..
    Enjoy this period as they are the best and to be treasured….

    Soup looks comforting and sizzling but not more than your romantic story 😉

    Wishing you Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  18. wow, this is such a sweet surprise for you! Just like in a fairy tale! You really are a lucky gal to have such a loving fiancee! And the soup looks so refreshing for this cold winter.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy new year 2009.

  19. I loved reading your post.Its truly romantic.Only I am imagining your cousins plight when you mention your fiance.
    The soup is new to me,but looks inviting and perfect for winter.Nice to know your article got published in DH.

  20. Not only by its name, it really seems to be a very simple soup, will try out this weekend.

  21. Oh my gosh, I am smiling with so much happiness! This does sound like a fairy tale!

    Happy New Year to you and the entire family!

  22. Awww…That’s such a sweet story… the courtship period is always fun 🙂 Enjoy it.

    Happy new Year Vij.

  23. Oh wow! What a romantic post!! The excitement caught up on me too.. Don’t know why 😀 LOL at your ‘thuje dekha tho..’ comment 😀 I would’ve heard that song in the background too 😉

    Hope you had a fantabulous new year with S! My belated wishes to you!

  24. gal thats a wonderful surprise… i read it and re-read it for my hubby 🙂 very nice… i am yet to read the recipe..

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