Monday, November 26, 2012

Tomato Saaru (Coconut Based)

Tomato Saaru is a very popular South Indian dish. It is generally served with rice. Some people also like to drink as it is. 
I got this recipe from a FB group. It is very easy to make and the seasoning takes it a different level as ghee is used. 

  • Tomato, big sized- 2
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 1/4 cup
  • Ginger- 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic pods, big sized- 3-4
  • Roasted red chilli- 2-3
  • Green Chilli- 1-2
  • Cilantro/ Coriander leaves- 6-7 sprigs
  • Salt- To taste
For Seasoning:
  • Ghee- 1-2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Asafoetida- A pinch
  • Dry Red chill- 1


Give a rough chop to the tomatoes.

Then grind the chopped tomatoes along with grated coconut, ginger, garlic, roasted red chilli and green chilli to get a fine paste. Transfer this paste to a cooking pot and add water as required to adjust the consistency (don't make it too watery). Add salt to taste.

Then bring it to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, continue heating for 3-4 minutes and turn off the heat. Then add the chopped cilantro and mix well. Finally add the seasoning.

For seasoning: Heat ghee and then add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering, add asafoetida, curry leaves and broken red chilli. Mix well and turn off the heat immediately. Add this to the tomato saaru. 
Tomato Saaru is ready!!

Serve it hot with rice. Above measurement serves 3-4 people.


  1. Hi! Mom made this for lunch yesterday. It tasted wonderful with rice or just by itself as a drink. We even shared the recipe with our neighbor who was keen on trying it too. Thanks!

    1. That's awesome Prathima. Glad you all enjoyed it. You made my day. Thanks for the feedback :)