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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Saaru Pudi

Saaru or Rasam has its unique place in the daily menu of a Southern plate. My meal is incomplete without rasam!! Though there are varied forms of Saaru, this is the basic one I prepare daily. Rasam is simple to prepare and tates good with any curry or papad. The watery form soothes both the body and taste buds when one is sick. The powder can be stored for days and comes in handy in the daily cooking.

Ingredients (For Powder)

Thur Dal - ½ Cup
Red Chillies - 1 Cup
Coriander Seeds - 2 Cups
Cumin Seeds - ½ Cup
Black Pepper - 2 Tbl Spn
Fenugreek - 2 Tsps

Method :

Dry roast each of the above ingredients separately and powder together till smooth. Store in a airthight container.

Saaru Pudi:

Ingredients: (For Saaru)

Thur Dal - 2 Tbl Spn
Tamarind - One Gooseberry sized ball
Tomato - 1 medium sized
Saaru Pudi - 1 tsps
Jaggery - 1 tsps
Turmeric - a pinch
Curry leaves

For Seasoning :

Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Corriander leaves


1. Pressure Cook the thur dal with adequate water.
2. Cut tomato into very small pieces. Alternatively you can cook the whole tomato with the thur dal.
3. Transfer the dal to a bigger vessel and add about two cups of water and mix well. Set aside for the dal to settle down.

4. Soak the tamarind in water and extract the juice. To this add the cut/cooked tomato, saaru powder, salt, turmeric and curry leaves. Bring this to boil.(till tomato becomes soft if uncooked)

5. As it starts boiling, add the watery dal and reduce heat to medium. For a thicker consistency add more dal. Allow to cook.

6. Remove from heat. In the ghee add the seasoning and pour over the Saaru. Garnish with coriander.

Enjoy !!

Hot Saaru !!


  • At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jayasree, same meal wouldn't complete without rasam. I grind cumin, pepper corns, toor dal, coriander seeds for rasam powder

  • At 8:20 AM, Blogger Foodie's Hope said…

    Thank you somuch Jaya,for this saaru pudi!! I hate it when somebody posts their recipe and say 'add store bought curry pd without any other instruction'!! You know what I mean!!:D:D

    Love this, will make some and store!!

  • At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are right about no meal being complete without rasam....the weather change has given me a fever and this has been my meal for the last 2 days...
    Thx for the rasam pwdr recipe...i usually use sambar podi...will try this next time.

  • At 4:22 PM, Anonymous shilpa said…

    We don't make rasam daily. But I absolutely love whenever I make them. My recipe is a bit different, but I am very happy to get a new recipe for rasam :D. Thanks for sharing.

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger vasilisa said…

    This looks yummy! How do you cook dal without pressure cooker? (How long?) I'm too terrified of the noise that cooker makes...

    PS: thanks a lot for the powder mix. I love trying out new spice mixtures.

  • At 7:48 PM, Anonymous veggiedelight said…

    so true Priya rasam is such a comfort food.

    Asha, let me know how it turned out.

    Jayashree hope you are alright now. Try it once you,tastes so different from sambar powder.

    Shilpa good to know that you learnt something new !!

    Vasilisa, you can also cook dal in a microwave. This should take about 20 min. Use plenty of water so it does not dry. Else on a stove top add a tspn of oil and sufficient water to dal. Cook closed. Stir at constant interval till done.But this takes time. Hope this helps.

  • At 1:14 PM, Anonymous mandira said…

    hot rasam for the cold weather sounds really good... :)

  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Prema Sundar said…

    I also make rasam powder more or less the same way jayashree. rasam looks yummy . tahnks

  • At 3:37 AM, Blogger Menu Today said…

    I always use home made rasam Powder. Your version also good. Thanks for sharing.

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