Holige Saaru


Holige saaru – a customary dish made every time holige or kadabu 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 holige saaru. This sweet-spicy rasam is an integral part of the festival food and is very simple to make. On festivals, the regular rasam is replaced with this variation. This post had been a long pending one for me and I was planning to share it since my holige post more than a year back. Finally, it made it to the blog.

Now every time you make holige or kadabu, make sure to save the water and make this simple saaru too. Do try and enjoy.

 

 

Ingredients:

Chana dal – 1 cup
Water to boil the dal
Hoorna – 2-3 tbsp
Rasam powder – 2 Tsp
Coconut – 2 tbsp
Tamarind – a small piece
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 5-6
Hing or asafoetida – a small pinch

Method:

  1. 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
  2. Strain the dal and completely remove the water. Reserve the water to make holige saaru and use the boiled dal to make hoorna
  3. Soak tamarind in some water for 10-15 minutes. Extract the tamarind juice and discard the pulp. Set aside
  4. Grind together coconut and rasam powder with some water into a fine paste
  5. Add the prepared hoorna to the dal water and mix well
  6. Add the ground paste and tamarind pulp and bring to boil
  7. Simmer for 10-15 minutes
  8. In a small pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves
  9. Pour this tempering onto the saaru
  10. Mix well and serve hot

 

Prepare hoorna following the recipe

Prepare hoorna following the recipe

 

Use water saved from boiled chana dal to make holige saaru

Use water saved from boiled chana dal to make holige saaru

 

Add rest of the ingredients and simmer

Add rest of the ingredients and simmer

 

Prepare the tempering in ghee

Prepare the tempering in ghee

 

Add tempering to saaru and serve

Add the tempering to saaru and serve