Friday, May 3, 2013

Tomato Saaru (Without Dal) ~ Quick Version

Tomato Saaru is a popular South Indian dish. There are many variations available in the internet world. This recipe is my mother's version. She has been making it for years now. It is a quick and easy recipe. It requires only few ingredients as well.

If you are very lazy to cook something that takes lot of time and effort, then these recipes always comes to help. The tanginess is well balanced by jaggery and the garlic seasoning makes it even more tasty.

  • Ripe Tomato, medium sized- 2
  • Green Chilli- 1-2
  • Jaggery- To taste
  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Garlic pods, big sized- 5-6
  • Salt- To taste


Wash the tomatoes and cut them into quarters.

Now put them in a pot and add water just enough to soak them. Add salt to taste and then start cooking it on a medium heat.

Once the tomato looks cooked (it turns mushy), turn off the heat.

Now blend this in a blender (I used a hand blender). The final mixture doesn't have to be perfect. A few small pieces of tomato here and there shouldn't bother (you can also crush the cooked tomatoes using your hands. For that the tomatoes has to cool down completely). Now add the green chilli pieces (cut lengthwise) along with jaggery to the tomato puree and then start heating. Once it comes to a boil, taste it and add more salt or jaggery, if required (you can as well add some water, if the mixture is too thick). Then turn off the heat after a good boil of 2-3 minutes. Finally add the seasoning.

For seasoning: Heat the oil and add crushed garlic to it. Fry it until light brown and add it to prepared tomato saaru. Mix well.
Tomato Saaru is ready!!

Serve it hot along with rice. Above measurement serves two people.