Pepper is considered to be very good for cold and this rasam surely comforts you when you are not feeling well especially when suffering fro severe cold and cough. Just soothes and comforts your respiratory tract. This rasam can also be mixed with rice, but tastes more good when had it hot/warm.
The ingredients used also is very less and can be made in a jiffy.
Tamarind - 1 marble size
Garlic - 4 - 5
Mustard seeds - few
Curry leaves - few
Hing - 3 pinch
Red chillies - 2 whole
Pepper powder - 3/4 tsp( if fresh ground then use less)
Oil and ghee together - 1 tsp each
Sugar - 1 sp
Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 20 minutes and later extract a dilute pulp( around 4 cups).
Heat oil and ghee and add mustard seeds, hing, red chillies and curry leaves. Wait for few seconds and add chopped or crushed garlic. Saute till they turn lught brown. Pour in tamarind pulp and cook in low flame until frothy. No need to boil well as other rasam. Add salt, sugar. Switch off flame and add pepper powder.