Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kothambari Palle Saaru (Coriander Leaves/ Cilantro Soup)

Kothambari Palle Saaru is a coconut based flavorful dish. In Konkani, kothambari pallo means Cilantro (coriander leaves) and saaru is nothing but a flavorful soup which is generally served with rice. I got this recipe from my mother.



My mother makes it when she has lot of cilantro in her refrigerator. This is a healthy way to use up the cilantro. Best part is - it is very simple to put together. Do try it sometime!!

Ingredients:
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves - Half a bunch
  • Grated coconut, fresh/frozen - 1/2 cup
  • Roasted Dry Red Chillis - 3-4
  • Tamarind- A small ball (gooseberry sized)
  • Jaggery- 1 Tbsp (vary accordingly)
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 3-4

Procedure:

Wash the cilantro (leaves as well as the stem). Then give a rough chop to it.



Then Grind the roughly chopped cilantro along with dry red chillies, tamarind, jaggery and salt (add water as required while grinding). 



After grinding, it looks like this.



Transfer it to a pot and then start heating. Add water to get the desired thickness (I kept it medium thick). Bring the mixture to a good boil and then turn off the heat. Finally add the seasoning.



For Seasoning: Heat oil. Then add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves and turn off the heat. Once the seasoning is added, mix well. Kothambari Palle Saaru is ready!!


Serve it hot with rice and any side dish of your choice. Above measurement serves two people.

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