Water-5-6 cups approx
Salt- to taste
Oil/ghee- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves- 8-9 leaves
Coriander leaves- 3 tbsp,chopped roughly, for the powder/masala
Coriander leaves-2 tbsp,chopped to garnish
Ingredients to be powdered:
Fried long chilly-4
White rice-1 tsp
Chana dal-3 tsp
Coriander seeds-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida paste(hing)-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves-5-6 leaves
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
- Roast all the ingredients in the oil mentioned under ingredients to be powdered except turmeric powder and hing, until light brown in colour,once it turns brown,add hing,off the flame and then add turmeric powder.
- Cool the roasted ingredients,add tamarind,coriander leaves and powder it smoothly,Or
- You may also add little water and make a paste of the roasted ingredients along with the coriander leaves and tamarind to a fine paste.
- Meanwhile take the tomatoes and the water in a vessel and cook the tomatoes until it gets cooked(25 minutes approx).
- Add salt to taste,jaggery and saaru powder/paste,take a boil and simmer for 10 minutes to cook the masala and then off the flame.
- Heat ghee in kadchi,splutter mustard seeds and then add curry leaves,fry for half a second and season it to the saaru.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
The reason to add hing at the end while roasting the ingredients as it catches fire easily and gets burnt.
Turmeric powder burns easily,so it is added once the flame is turned off.
Kadchi is a small frying pan which is specially used for seasonings in the Indian cooking.
I used hing paste or kadha hing because it has a strong flavour which enhances the taste and aroma in the dish.
You may also add tender coriander leaves stems in the saaru, once you add saaru powder in the saaru which is one more secret.