Tomato Saaru has come to my rescue innumerable times in last couple of months. I was first introduced to this delicious entree soon after my wedding. After the hectic, heavy Wedding food, Anna and Tomato Saaru proved a total bliss for us. All thanks to my MIL for this intro..Tomato Saaru is a quick dish on days when I am terribly exhausted after a whole day’s work, or when we want to eat light and healthy 😉 and definitely this is something which even husbands can prepare when wives are out sick 😀

  • Preparation Time: 0 min
  • Cooking Time: 20 min
  • Recipe Level: Easy
  • Serve with hot rice; serves 4
  • Source: Atte i.e. MIL
  • Cuisine: South Indian
  • 1 cup toor daal
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 tbsp tamarind (concentrated or raw)
  • 2 tbsp Saar pudi or MTR Rasam pudi
  • 2-4 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Place daal and tomato in a cooker and boil uptil 3 whistles (Add 2 more whistles when daal is not kept under water initially)
  • After the cooker cools down, add pudi, and tamarind. If you are using Raw Tamarind, soak it under water and then use that paste. 
  • Then add a cup of water and churn to obtain thinner consistency. Add sugar. Churn some more and add curry leaves and salt
  • Make sure gas burner is on sim while you add the above
  • Saaru is ready to serve with hot rice..i.e. Anna Saaru ready aaithu
Mad Notes:
  • Tip: Place daal under water for atleast 15 min if you have time luxury
  • I use rice cooker cup for reference; 1 cup = 180ml
  • tbsp = tablespoon; tsp= teaspoon