Monday, April 4, 2011

Devasthana Saaru

Wishing you all a Happy Ugadi!!

When I was a kid, I was not a big fan of Konkani food, but this saaru, I loved. Still do. I've been calling it Devasthana Saaru from the time I remember and don't know if there's any other name to it. It is served in the temples during carfestival, and so the name. During weddings or special occasions, it is a usual accompaniment to rice.

I got this recipe from my Amma and don't know if this is exactly how they do it in the temples. But it tastes pretty much similar.

2 tsp oil
3/4 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
2 tsp coriander seeds
3 to 4 red chillies
1/4 tsp hing powder
1 pinch methi seeds
1 pinch jeera
1 to 2 tbsp grated coconut
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 marble-sized tamarind
1 to 2 tbsp chopped jaggery
1 green chilli
2 strands of coriander leaves

To season :
1 tbsp ghee
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
6 to 8 curry leaves

[The chillies typically used are a variety called kumte mirsang. I used 2 kumte mirsang and 2 kashmiri chillies, hence the colour].

Method :
In a shallow bottomed pan, heat oil. Roast ingredients 2 to 8 one by one on medium low flame for a few minutes. When they release an aroma, add grated coconut and roast for a minute. Switch the gas off, sprinkle turmeric powder and allow to cool.

Grind the above with tamarind and enough water to get a smooth paste.

In a deep-bottomed vessel, bring two cups of water to boil. Add slit green chilli and jaggery [I added 2  tbsp of jaggery because I like the way it balances the spice. You can add less if you do not prefer sweetness in the saaru]. When jaggery melts, add ground paste. Add another cup or two of water and bring to a boil. Add salt [I added a little more than 1/2 tsp]. Add coriander leaves.

Season with ghee, mustard seeds and curry leaves.



  1. Saaru looks so delicious !! happy Ugadi to u also dear !!

  2. saaru looks delicious healthy combination

  3. Lovely color of this saaru. Happy Ugadi to you dear

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Happy Ugadi to you. Saaru looks delicious and colorful. Very authentic

  5. Happy Ugadi to you too..Saaru looks yummy and delicious.

  6. Catchy colour and saaru looks comforting.

  7. Loved the saaru..I have never made saaru from freshly ground masala..No doubt it is many time better than using shop bought rasam powder..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. nothing beats freshly made masala...looks yumm...

  9. Hope you had a great ugadi and saaru is one of my fav looks awesome :)

  10. Looks awesome. I was surprised thar this recipe did not contain tomatos.



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