Rajavalo Soup/Indian Star Gooseberry Soup is a lip-smacking, tangy and spicy light soup which makes you leaving feeling good about yourself! With mild aromatic spices, this soup is perfect to warm you up any time!
Indian star gooseberry (called “rajavalo” in Konkani) is predominantly found in south India but originally thought to be native to the tropical climates of Madagascar and sometimes called Madagascar gooseberry. Belonging to the same family as amla or the larger variety of gooseberry; it is much smaller in size and has a star-shaped seed inside.
This fruit is not very popular among vendors and you will find it difficult to find it in any market because it is mainly considered useful for medicinal purposes because of its many healthy benefits; blood purifier, treatment of digestive disorders, rheumatism and many more!
The taste when eaten raw is very sour and pungent and while eating, you pop the whole fruit in the mouth and chomp on the flesh, spitting out the rock hard seed (use caution while eating!). My favorite way to eat it is to marinate it in a mixture of rock salt and red chilli powder (cayenne powder) and munching on it all day long when there is a snack attack!
This batch of gooseberries which I have is from a bumper crop in our factory where along with a star gooseberry tree, we have trees of avocado, jackfruit, breadfruit, chickoos, custard apple etc.
Part of this we distributed to close family and friends nearby, some we used to make pickles and with such a bonanza of this fruit this season, I decided to make a quick soup with a small batch for our mid morning hung pangs!
The final result was a lip-smacking bowl of light, mildly spiced but super tasty soup. One sip and I was feeling warm all over! Our whole family loved it so much I had to make two more batches of this!
So, the next time you come across this amazing fruit in your market or with a roadside vendor, do not skip buying it; do try this easy soup or just sprinkle with salt and chilli powder and enjoy this healthy but rare fruit and it’s amazing health benefits!
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How to make Indian Star Gooseberry Soup:
Wash the small gooseberries, drain and keep aside.
In a small saucepan, in 1 tsp of oil, fry the dry spices; jeera, coriander seeds, peppercorns and hing along with green chillies for about 1 to 2 minutes until lightly roasted or fried.
Blend this fried mixture along with gooseberries (along with seeds) to a fine paste.
Transfer the paste to a large, deep saucepan or pot.
Add 2 cups of water and mix well. Stir in salt to taste along with turmeric powder and bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes and strain the mixture.
Adjust the salt and serve hot gooseberry juice/soup/rasam garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
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