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Tomato saaru / saar

Main Dish
3 servings
15 min
25 min
Very Easy

Ingredients

Number of serving: 3
1/2 cup ( 80 g ) tur dal

3 cups ( 300 ml ) water

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon oil

Extra 1 cup water


Other ingredients:

2 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste ( or 1/4 cup tamarind juice )

1/2 teaspoon jaggery

2 teaspoon MTR Rasam powder

1/4 teaspoon asafoetida ( hing )

1/2 teaspoon pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )

1 teaspoon lemon juice ( optional )

1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves ( optional )


Seasoning:

2 teaspoon oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 spring curry leaves

2 red chillies, broken

Preparation

  • Wash and clean tur dal. In a pressure cooker, boil dal with 3 cups water, turmeric powder and oil ( reduce the heat to medium after 2 nd whistle and pressure cook for 20 minutes or till done and soft ). Allow to cool naturally.
  • Open the lid. Strain the dal stock / water through a strainer ( you can use 1/2 cup leftover cooked dal for dal fry or other dal based dishes ) and mix with extra 1 cup water.
  • In a bowl, mix dal stock with extra 1 cup water, jaggery, tamarind paste / juice, chopped tomatoes, MTR Rasam powder, asafoetida, pepper powder and salt to taste.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes or till done / fragrant.
  • Seasoning:
    In a small pan, heat 2 teaspoon oil. Add mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add curry leaves and broken red chillies. Pour this seasoning over tomato saar / saaru and serve hot with rice. Add lemon juice ( optional - it will enhance the taste ) and chopped coriander leaves when serving.





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