Vani’s Musings

Udupi Saaru

Posted on: April 2, 2007

 Fello blogger Shruthi has written a post on her comfort food, Saaru-Anna, becos of which I am reminded of my own preference for Udupi Saaru.

Here is a simple recipe for one of my favorite foods, Saaru.  Saaru derived from “Saara” in Kannada, means essence or extract. It is called so, because when Dal is cooked, the thin watery layer on top is skimmed off for the Saaru, while the thick remainder is used in other preparations like Sambar.  

There are several types of Saaru; Lemon Saaru, Garlic Saaru, Pudi Saaru, GoDD Saaru and Sappe Saaru etc. The best Saaru I have tasted has been at Udupi, at the Krishna Matha. They serve a different variety of Saaru at the beginning of the meal.

To write about the food in Krishna Matha would be like writing a mega serial.  At this juncture, I would like to share the recipe of the Saaru alone.  

Ingredients

Ø       Togari BeLe (Thuvar Dal)  – ½ Cup

Ø       Green Chillies – 4-5 (Depends on how spicy you want the Saaru to be) Slit lengthwise

Ø       Coriander leaves – for Garnish

Ø       Curry Leaves – For Garnish

Ø       Salt – To Taste

Ø       Ghee – for Oggarne

 Ø       Mustard Seeds – 2 Tsps

Ø       Jeera – 1 Tsp

Ø       Asafoetida – A Pinch

Ø       Tomato – 1 chopped into small pieces (optional)

Ø       Jaggery – A small Pea-Sized amount (optional)

 Method

 Ø       Pressure Cook Togari BeLe with more water than usual, it must be watery.

Ø       Mash the Dal well boil.

Ø       Add the salt and green chillies and tomatoes

Ø       Allow boiling till the tomatoes are cooked. Add jaggery (Optional).

Ø       Saaru is almost ready, add the coriander and curry leaves.

Ø       Temper with Ghee, Mustard Seeds, Jeera and Asafoetida.

 Some people like to add a dash of lemon juice and a small pea-sized bit of jaggery to enhance the taste.  

It is served in Udupi sans the tomatoes, lemon juice and jaggery. For an authentic taste, eliminate the above three. If you want an enhanced taste, add the three ingredients and see the difference. 

This dish tastes best with steaming hot rice and ghee. Love to have it as an appetizing drink too.

Readers, please try this at home and also tell me about your favorite versions of this dish.

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28 Responses to "Udupi Saaru"

samsaarada saarave— ruchikara saaru anna :d

Any idea frm what period saaru anna is added in our menu list.. andhre dakhalegalenadru ideya? Any description of savouries in any kavya-sahithya?

Yes Usha,

Nammalli “Sampradaayada HaaDugaLu” emba sheershike keLage baro haadugaLalli idara mention ide.

Also Daasavarenya Purandara Daasa also describes food in “Raama naama Paayasakke”, “Donku Baalada Naayakare” etc.

Wow! mouth watering post.
After reading shruthi’s post, I had south india full meals at our cafetaria. They provide one good rasam, I think its Garlic Rasam.
That was good.

Not to forget, the saaru which we get to eat at dharmastala, shringeri has different taste.. I can never forget that one.

sooper post vani.
andha haage, ondhu samsthe ide namma rajyadalli dedicated to SAARU:

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ

ROTFL Bellur ! Karnataka “Saar”ige Samsthe ! 😉

Wow, Vani… I haven’t tasted Udupi saaru — but the recipe sounds just like our regular saaru! have to taste it next time 🙂

karnataka sarige
sarina mahatva
udupi saru yell acheenagide
dasaru yella anna hanada mahatme
chennagide ootada samayakke kayabeke
anna saru oota madalu

Soooooo who is cooking Saru anna for us next time?

Srik, bari saaru-anna saaka?

Saaku andre nandenu objection illa…..

I second Srik… Vani.. anna-saaru saaku…
I love Matha saaru because the pudi is freshly ground…

Oh Vijay, I love that saaru too! Pankthi nalli koothirovaaga when I see that hot saaru being ladled out……Slurrrrrp!

And the aroma…simply heavenly….many times I have wondered, namm westerners ge intha adige yella gottilla….bari two-wheeler-four wheeler kattarisodralle jeevana kaLeethaare, ond sala Saaru anna athwa bisi beLe bhaat taste maadade iro avra janma vyartha antha.

suicidal tendencies iro avarige Udupi mathada saaru anna saaku–jeevanadalli hosa utsaaha moodisalu. 😉
Add to that the tasty payasagalu,and umpteen other items of chowki oota!!

vani

westeners nam tindina sakkathagi hoditare rii….

CA, London and other locations wherever indian joints are more the Indian menu is relished maximum by them, even without looking at the menu they order idly vada, sambar, dosa etc

Londonalli yaro brit lady was ordering Bhelpuri, masalapuri, Pav bhaji and paanipuri all of them together without looking at the menu card anthe … latest update idhu

My sisters boss in the US relishes on bisi bele bath , he snatches her dabba and its compulsory that she prepares it every month for him and take it in a dabba. 😉

Vani: I like it even more when sometimes we bring back the saaru in carriers (for the night)… 🙂

I sometimes buy a small packet of saarina pudi from our Margao rayara mutta cook’s wife.
Pirated version,eh??

Udipi saaru, nangu sakkat ishTa.
Thru Shru

saru holige madida dinada hu;rnada saru adraa
tasteee bere. holige jothege i saru great
udipi sarige kobbri yenadru rubbi haktara vani?
alliya yella adigege i speciality irutte kelde?

Neel3: Wow never thought that was possible.. next time try madbeku… namme Banashankari rayara matha dalli..

Vijay,

Am not sure if it is available off the shelf in our Bangalore Mathas though…..aa aroma naneskondre….abababa….
yaakaadru office nallideeno ansathe.

Praneshavare,

Illa, saaralli kobbari rubbi haakalla, probably to offset the heavy kobri dishes served in the chowki oota…..

Neel3,
Bhaava is still particular about only eating the saaru he prepares?

Viky,

Welcome to Whitephosphorous. Thanks for dropping by, now you know where to find Udupi Saaru.

Please keep visiting, and do drop in for a taste of the Saaru.

Vijay, Srik, nimgu aahvaana.

Bhaava eats neelan saaru or swayam paakada saaru only.
Others maadida saaru he delicately tastes and disards .(mathada saaru is an exception)

hehe – bisi saaru – bisi anna – dhappa saasuve, hingu + thuppadha oggarane – maththe thuppa – haaki kaiyalli kalisi thindhre– aha yum yum yum… swargane kelage ilisbidboudhu. adhrallu baaLe yele mele anna katte katti adhralli bisi saaru badisko beku. adhara majane bere 🙂

oh – hoLige + saaru combination Odhidhaga innondhu combination gnyaapaka banthu. naanu bengaLoorinallidhdhaaga thinthaa idhdhe. habbagaLalli kadale bele aambode ithyaadhi maadiruthidhru. aambode-gaLanna saarina paathre yalli haaki swalpa hoththu nenedha nanthra adhanna elege haakkondu thindhre innoo chennaagiraththe… yum yum… 🙂

saaru thuppa annakke, nimbe hannu athava maavina kaayi uppinakaayi – maththondhu ruchi.

Ram

Ram,

HaPPaLa bedva?

I know Nensidd Ambode…..namm maneli even today it is common during festivals………….

saaru, kudita irovaaga tengin turi rasa hindidre taste immadisutte
anta nagansatte
just try

“Saare” jahase achcha………….

Lovely post. It reminded me of Udupi Krishna Mutta da bisi bisi saaru 😀

Saarina bagge kannaDadalli comments Odi kushi patte. NanagU saaru tuppada ooTa bahaLa ishTa. Nammalli idu mane dEvaru, bEke bEku dinaa.

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