Wednesday, February 22, 2023



All over India, if not in many parts of the world, people talk about the Udupi cuisine, a town in my Home State of Karnataka. In most cities, especially in South India we find the ubiquitous vegetarian "Udupi Restaurant "

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes from this area such as:-

Today's recipe is for an aromatic and delicious saaru from Udupi. For those who may not be familiar with the term, a "saaru" in Kannada is a rasam-like accompaniment  for hot steamed rice made with thuar dal, tomatoes, and Udupi Rasam Powder/Udupi Saarina Pudi. 

I shall share the recipe for Udupi Rasam Powder/Udupi Saarina Pudi in my next post

This recipe has been adapted from Udupi Rasam or Udupi Style Saaru from the Kannada YouTube video from Swayam Paaka.


1. Use sour variety of tomatoes for this dish

2. Use ghee for seasoning for best results

We loved this with hot steamed rice, Beans Palya and happala (rice pappad) and I am sure you will love it too! You can even drink this- and it tastes super!! 


  • Thuar Dal, 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, 1/2 tsp
  • Medium-sized Tomatoes, 2
  • Tamarind, size of a small lemon
  • Jaggery, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves, 1 sprig 
  • Udupi Rasam Powder, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped, 2 tbsp
  • Water, 3-4 cups or as required
For Seasoning:-
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds,1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida ( Hing), 1/8 tsp 
  • Ghee, 2 tsp

Wash the Thuar Dal and pressure cook in 1 cup of water along with tomatoes, turmeric powder, and 1/2 tsp of oil 
Allow this to cook for 3 whistles or until the thuar dal gets fully cooked
Once the cooker cools, remove the cooked dal, mash the dal and keep aside

In a mixer jar, make a puree of the cooked tomatoes. Keep aside

Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of lukewarm water for about 10-15 minutes and extract the juice

Heat the tamarind juice, salt, and jaggery in a vessel, adding 1 cup of water and bring to a boil 
To this add the cooked and mashed thuar dal and the tomato puree, mix well and bring to a boil
Add the torn curry leaves and 1 tbsp of Udupi Rasam Powder ( Saarina Pudi), mix well
Check for salt and add if required
Bring to a boil adding water as required to get a saaru/rasam like consistency 
Next add the finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off the gas

In a small pan, heat ghee and on medium heat add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add the cumin seeds
Let them sizzle then add the asafoetida ( Hing) and saute for a few seconds
Pour this seasoning on to the Udupi Saaru

Serve the Udupi Saaru with hot steamed rice and happala


  1. Very appetising...Will wait for Udupi masala recipe .Thanks


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