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Jun 26, 2008

Bele saaru / Paruppu rasam

South Indian lunch or dinner is not complete without rasam/saaru. Rasam forms the second course in a traditional South Indian meal after huli,samabar or kootu. The rasam powder that is used to prepare rasam is different in each household. There are different kinds of rasams like goddu saaru, bele saaru, pineapple saaru, more rasam, murungakka rasam, kathirikka rasam, thakkali poondu rasam etc. Of all these different rasams, paruppu rasam (tamil) or Bele saaru (Kannada) stands special. Saaru anna with spicy crispy potato palya, cabbage palya or any deep roasted palya is one delicious meal. It makes a healthy soup too. Here is the recipe. Please click here for rasam powder recipe.


Red ripe juicy tomatoes - 2 large

Tamarind - small lemon size or quarter teaspoon tamarind concentrate

Toor dal - half cup cooked

Rasam powder / Saaru pudi - 2 or 3 teaspoons

Water - 2 to 3 cups

Turmeric powder - half teaspoon

Asafoetida powder - 2 pinches

Salt as required

Curry leaves

Chopped coriander leaves

For seasoning:

Ghee - one teaspoon

Mustard seeds - half teaspoon

Cumin seeds - half teaspoon


If using fresh tamarind: Soak in water for an hour or microwave with little water for a minute. Then, squeeze out the tamarind using hands, strain the tamarind pulp and use the water with tamarind extract.

Blanch the tomatoes: Boil 3 cups water and add the whole tomatoes. After you notice the skin peeling out (approximately 5 minutes), drain the water. Wash tomatoes in cold water and peel off the skin. Mash the tomatoes and keep it aside.

Boil 3 cups water in a sauce pan.

When it starts boiling, add the tamarind extract or the tamarind concentrate, crushed tomatoes, Turmeric powder, asafoetida powder, curry leaves and salt. Excess water that is used to cook the dal can be used instead of plain water.

Allow the content to boil for atleast fifteen to 20 minutes in medium heat.

Now add the rasam powder/saaru pudi and reduce the heat. Allow the rasam to boil for another 5 minutes.

Mash the cooked toor dal and add it to the rasam.

Now, do the seasoning. First heat the ghee. Add the mustard and cumin. When it sizzles, add it to the rasam carefully.

Turn offf the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with steaming white rice with a dab of ghee accompanied with palya/cooked vegetable.

This is my entry to JFI - Tamarind hosted by Sig of Live to eat. Thank you Sig for hosting this event.


Unknown said...

Rasam looks yummy and mouth watering.... great click dear...

FH said...

Excellent photo Myth, mouthwatering Saaru, good job!:)

Sig said...

Thank you for this entry Mythreyee !

Bhargavi said...

Hi Mythreyee,
CAn u provide recipe for Godu Saaru
Jus the way u did for Normal rasam.
Mentioning cups of water to be added.Also the size of tamrind to eb taken instead of tamrind paste measurement.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Once I had tasted 'saaru' in someone's wedding. Since then I was madly in search of its recipe. I tried Ur recipe today, came out too well. Thanks :). In the pic, Saaru is bit transparent. Mine wasnt so, it was like a 'daal' but not that thick. Next time I'll take 1/4 cup toor dal instead of 1/2. Otherwise it was very good, taste and aroma also.