Holige saaru step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Holige saaru is a customary dish made every time holige or karigadabu is made. This traditional dish is made with chana dal which is used as a stuffing for holige. Holige is a delicious sweet flatbread with a Bengal gram or chana dal stuffing, called hoorna. The water that remains after boiling the dal is used as a base to make this saaru. This sweet-spicy rasam is an integral part of the festival food and is very simple to make. At festivals, the regular rasam is replaced with this variation.
To make holige saaru, I use the water that is used to boiling the chana dal. Drain the water after boiling the chana dal and use it to make the saaru. That, combined with a simple masala base with coconut and spices makes this dish delicious and very unique.
Now every time you make holige or kadabu, make sure to save the water used to boil the chana dal and make this simple dal too. Do try and enjoy.
Chana dal: The water used to boil chana dal is used as the base of this saaru.
Rasam powder: I use homemade rasam powder to make the saaru.
Coconut: Freshly grated coconut is ground with spices to make the masala base.
Tempering: A simple tempering (tadka/seasoning) is made in ghee using mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, and dried chilli.
Step by step instructions
Wash the chana dal and soak for 1 hour. Rinse it thoroughly, add fresh water and boil until the lentil is completely cooked, but not mushy. Strain the dal and completely remove the water (step 1).
Reserve the water to make holige saaru and use the boiled dal to make hoorna (step 2).
Prepare hoorna following the recipe (step 3).
Grind together coconut and rasam powder with some water into a fine paste (step 4).
Add the ground paste, tamarind pulp, and hoorna to the dal water. Mix well and simmer (step 5).
In a small pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add dried chilli, cumin seeds, hing, and curry leaves. Pour this tempering onto the saaru. Mix well and serve hot (step 6).
- Wash the chana dal and soak for 1 hour. Rinse it thoroughly, add fresh water and boil until the lentil is completely cooked, but not mushy
- Strain the dal and completely remove the water. Reserve the water to make holige saaru and use the boiled dal to make hoorna
- Soak tamarind in some water for 10-15 minutes. Extract the tamarind juice and discard the pulp. Set aside
- Grind together coconut and rasam powder with some water into a fine paste
- Add the ground paste and tamarind pulp
- Add the prepared hoorna to the dal water and mix well. Bring it to a boil
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes
- In a small pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add dried chilli, cumin seeds, hing, and curry leaves
- Pour this tempering onto the saaru
- Mix well and serve hot