Friday, October 2, 2009

Tomato Saaru

A nice simple, easy, tasty recipe. I got this from Aayi's Recipes. I modified it a little to make my job easier. The recipe called for two large tomatoes to be blanched,peeled and puréed. That is perhaps the healthier way to make saaru, but I was a little lazy and used tomato purée instead.


Tomatoes - 2 large ( tomatoes to be blanched, peeled,puréed)
or use 50 gms of tomato purée as I did.
Jaggery - 5 gms
Green chillies - 4
For seasoning
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few
Asafoetida - pinch
Salt - to taste

Take the tomato purée and add water to get a rasam/charu/saaru consistency
Add the jaggery, salt, slit green chillies and bring to boil
Simmer awhile
Season - take oil, add the cumin, allow to brown
Add the mustard, and asafoetida powder
Allow the mustard to splutter, add curry leaves
Put in the saaru
Garnish with coriander leaves

Have as soup or with hot, soft rice. Was yummy. Do not omit the jaggery, it adds to the taste and yet does not make the saaru very sweet

Also make a healthy salad to make it a real healthy meal.

Mung ( green gram) sprouts
Carrot - finely chopped or grated
Tomato - finely diced
Cucumber - finely diced
Salt and pepper ( optional) to taste
Dash of lime
Mix and serve


  1. I learned a new word....saaru. Does it mean sauce,soup? I like souplike additions to my rice and chapati meals so this is peeeeeeeeeerfect! Thanks for sharing. I shall definitely be making this!

  2. Saaru, Charu, Rasam - are items that are soup like in their consistency. But you can vary the thickness of the dish according to your taste. An easy to digest food and is almost always a part of every meal in South India.

  3. thanks for sharing. I am so privileged to gain all this knowledge...'first hand'. Grin. Love it!


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