Pachi Pulusu / Spicy Tangy Raw Tamarind Soup

We have always tried to take at least one yearly vacation that lasts more than a couple of days or a long weekend. This year, we decided to visit one of my dearest childhood friend in the UK. She lives with her husband in London. We came back this morning after a 6 hour delay on our last hop from Chicago. It was an amazing trip as we spent a lot of time on the road and traveled to Scotland and England. We spent the first half of our 10 day trip on the road and then relaxed at home and visited places in and around London. The Architecture, history of the buildings and the serene country side were the main reasons for our decision to visit the UK.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

On our last day in London, my friend asked me if I can make her a recipe from my blog. The husband suggested his favorite cold tangy tamarind soup (known as pachi pulusu in Telugu) along with chicken fry and rice. This recipe is my mother-in-law’s and the husband introduced this to me. I have made this recipe many times for ourselves and for friends and a lot of people have liked it. It has been one of our comfort foods and I just realized that I have never shared the recipe on the blog 🙂 So I finally sat down and wrote a blog post for this spicy tangy and easy to make recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Fresh Tamarind
  • 2 Hot Thai green chili
  • 1 Red onion (small)
  • 1/2 Tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Coriander leaves
  • Water as needed

Tempering

  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • A sprig of curry leaves

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  • Serving size 5-7
  • Cook time 2 min
  • Prep time 15 min
  • Passive time 0 min
  • Recipe level Easy / Beginner
  • Spice level 4  (On a scale of 1 to 6)
  • Shelf life 2-3 days in refrigerator using an air tight container
  • Serving suggestion Chilled / Room temperature

Instructions:

Soak the tamarind in water for 2-3 hours.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comFinely chop the onion.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comAdd onions, red chili powder, chopped cilantro, green chili and salt to a deep bowl.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comMuddle the mixture using your hands or a cocktail muddler.

This step is necessary to extract and blend the flavors from the onion , green chilies and cilantro.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comSqueeze tamarind pulp and add to the bowl.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comMix well and add 2 cups of water. You can increase the water according to taste if you like the soup to be slightly less  tangy. I prefer it very tangy.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comFor tempering, heat peanut oil in a small sauce pan.

Add cumin seeds.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comAfter 30 seconds, add turmeric powder and curry leaves.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.comAdd tempering to the bowl and mix well.

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Serve with white rice and a curry.

Notes:

  • I would recommend using fresh tamarind over ready made ones.
  • Soak the tamarind for more than an hour, so it becomes easy for you to squeeze the pulp.

It is the last day of the year and I hope this blog post finds you in a cheerful and happy mood 🙂

Happy New Year to every single one of you !

Much Love and a virtual hug 🙂

Love

Sneha <3

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