Tomato Saaru / Saar

Main Dish
3 servings
15 min
25 min
Very Easy



Other ingredients:



  • 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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