This is another kind of rasam, the name “Kattina Saaru” comes from Kannada language meaning filterate and “saaru ” is rasam. Here, the water that is used in cooking the tuvar dal, is used for the rasam  and the cooked dal, that is the residue,  is used to make a special kind of sweet, stuffed  pancakes (holige) or alternatively can be used to make dal fry.

Ingredients :

  • Tur dal 250 grams

  • Tamarind lemon sized ball

  • Tomato 2

  • Rasam powder 3tsp

  • Jaggery  marble sized ball

  • salt to taste

  • ghee 2tsp

  • mustard  1/2 tsp

  • asafoetida 1/4tsp

  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

  • curry leaves a few

  • coriander leaves for garnishing

rasam special
rasam special

Method :

Pre requisites :

  • Cook dal with sufficient quantity in the pressure cooker. If water is less, add some more and allow to stand for sometime before using.
  • Soak tamarind for half an hour in water,
  • Chop tomato into small pieces,

To make :

Take a pan and add the ghee to it. Make seasoning by adding the mustard seeds, when they crackle, add the asafoetida and turmeric powder. To it , add the chopped tomato and salt along with sufficient quantity of water. Adding of water, will prevent the tomatoes from getting burnt. When cooked, add the tamarind pulp, rasam powder, chilly powder, jaggery along with a few curry leaves. Let boil for sometime. Now, add the dal water to it. If you find it less, add some more water to the cooked dal, let stand for awhile before pouring it. Allow to boil on a low flame. Kattina Saru or Special rasam is ready to serve.

Note : This needs a slightly more of tamarind pulp and jaggery than the previous make.

Hope you liked these two rasams of mine. Would love to have your feedback.



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  1. this is an ultimate comforting dish Jayashree. I love kattu saaru. we at home do not use rasam powder for it. this is new. Will try. Beautiful rasam 🙂

  2. Thanks to you dear that I got to learn about Kattina Saru. It’s nice to learn that the water from the cooked dal is separated from it and used to make Rasam. Off course the Rasam has a lot of lovely flavours and visually looks yummy.

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