Bele Saaru/Mysore Rasam/Lentil Soup

Bele Saaru is a simple lentil soup which is tangy and just nice to drink as such or even eat with plain rice. Bele Saaru and Plain Rice is a comfort food for us. It is offered under the name of Mysore Rasam in few Indian Eating places which I came to know after I landed in Singapore..Mysore masala dosa, mysore paper dosa, mysore rasam...so many popular items on menu with 'special' tag to them.. never knew Mysore was famous for these dishes other than it's Mysore Dasara/jamboo savari and beautiful Mysore silk sarees. ;)

BELE SAARU

You need the following:

Togari Bele/Split Pigeon Peas/Toor Dal-1 fistful
Tomato - 1
Grated Fresh Coconut - 1bsp
Turmeric - 1big pinch
Curry Leaves - 1 line
Coriander Leaves - 2tbsp (chopped)
Saarina pudi/Rasam Pudi - 1bsp
Tamarind paste 1tbsp
Salt and a little jaggery to adjust flavor

Tampering :
1tsp Ghee/Oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard, 1red chilli broken into pieces, Asafoetida/hing one big pinch

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Procedure:
Add enough water and cook Bele/Dal with tomato and turmeric in pressure cooker. Mash dal and tomato using a hand blender(for 1second) or with the back of the spoon. Do not puree it, just a coarse blend is enough.
Add tamarind juice, Salt, Saarina pudi, grated coconut and let it rest for few minutes till you prepare tampering for saaru.
In separate vessel take ghee/oil and heat it. When it is hot add mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Finish tampering by adding broken red chillies and curry leaves followed by asafoetida. Immediately after adding asafoetida pour the bele+tamarind juice mixture into the vessel. Bring it to boil. Check salt and adjust flavors using jaggery or any required ingredient. Switch off the gas and add coriander leaves and let it rest for 5-8 mins before you serve it with plain rice.


This month we are feasting on Karnataka Cuisine through SWC-Karnataka hosted by Sheetal of MY KITCHEN Do not forget to send in your tasty Karnataka style food to Sheetal.

Few details of SWC-Karnataka..

Please send an e-mail of your entries to anisheetu(at)gmail(dot)com before 31st August
* Subject line: SWC Karnataka
*Your name
*Blog name
*Dish name
*URL to the post
*A picture of the dish (300x300 pixel)
4. Non blogger can e-mail me the recipe and the picture and I will be glad to include it in the round up. International bloggers also welcome.

This is my first entry for SWC-Karnataka.

19 comments:

notyet100 said...

thnks for the recipe...wil prepare soon,..i luv rasam..specialy when sufferin from cold,..one cup of hot rasam is all wht i need...

Anisheetu said...

Thanks for the recipe... mail it soon... saaru is looking very nice...

sowmya said...

adding coconut is something different..heard of mysore rasam, but never knew the difference..thanks for sharing..and for swc this month, we have your whole blog to refer to!!

Shreya said...

beautiful rasam...:-)

Uma said...

mmm. delicious rasam!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sounds so healthy. Nice recipe. YUM! Really wanted to try this.

Namratha said...

Mmmm a classic, bele saaru ildhe oota ne illa :)

Nags said...

i made bele saaru for last year's RCI but it was more like sambhar :)

LG said...

@ Nags,
LOL...hmmm...belesaaru and sambar taste very different.....nevertheless it is good to hear that you have tried it once! try again ;)

rekhas kitchen said...

Bele saaru mmmm i will make this weekly once mouth watering how can dosa will come to your lunch box from my blog ha ha haaaa making fun

Cooking Station said...

Dosa just jumped from your pic and landed in my box :))..LOL had a good laugh dear, thanks for your lovely coment :)

rekhas kitchen said...

ha ha hhaaaa have a nice day

Priti said...

Rasam looks nice....for the event I try to search few recipe and come across few things...everything reminded me of U and ur blog cause I can relate the names with the one's I read in ur blog...was kinda cool...:):)...now I can say I know few things about Karnataka food..thanks to U ..

LG said...

@ Priti,
Don't know how to thank you for such a lovely comment :) I am glad to hear that 'know about Karnataka food' from you..happy hunting more recipes.

notyet100 said...

thnks for the awesme recipe of rasam,.enjoyed yesterdays meal of rasam rice with curd rice and french bean stir fry,..thnks a lot for guidin me about the recipe..without ur help it wouldnt hve been possible...:-)

Lankesh Devalapura said...

Thank you mam for the recipe.. I liked it.. it turned. .out to be good.. thanks for the recipe...

LG said...

Thanks Lankesh for the feedback. Keep coming. Happy Deepavali to you

Deepti said...

Hi Lakshmi,

Thanks for the yummy Bele Saaru recipe. Though most households in Karnataka cook it everyday, only few recipes can match the flavour and taste of this one. Hope you continue to post mouth-watering recipes of authentic Kannada dishes. Thanks once again :)

LG said...

Thanks Deepti for your feedback.