Soppina Saaru -soup style /greens and lentils soup

This is my mother's way of making soppina saaru. I am not sure where amma learnt this but, this is one of our favorite accompaniment for mudde/raagi rounds.

You Need :

Palaka soppu/Palak/Spinach : 1 bunch (washed and chopped - 5 cups closely packed. 1 cup holds 100ml of water)

Washing Greens : Cut off the root from the bunch. Immerse the bunch in a pan ful of water. The pan should be preferably wide and shallow. Round & deep bottomed pans make good choice as all the dust and sand settles down and your can collect the greens which float on top. Soak the greens in water for 5-10 minutes. Wash 2-3 times before you start chopping.

Togari bele : 1/2 cup (1 cup holds 100ml of water)
EErulli/Onion : 1 (medium sized, deskinned and chopped into 1" cubes)
Belulli/Garlic : 2 big pieces
Onamenasinakayi/Redchillies : 4 - 6 (adjust according to your spice levels)
Kottambaribeeja/Coriander Seeds : 1 tbsp
Jeerige/Jeera : 1/2 tsp
Harishina/Turmeric : 1 pinch

Other ingredients:
Hunasehannu/Tamarind Juice : 2 tbsp
Oggarane/seasoning (click to follow the link)

1.Pressure cook greens, bele/dal, onion, garlic, chillies, coriander seeds, cumin and turmeric with 2-3 cups/enough of water. Cook everything together in a vessel.
2.Remove the cooked contents outside the cooker and keep it aside. This should come to room temparature.
3.Once the cooked greens has achieved room temparature, add tamarind juice and salt to it. Grind the mixture to a smooth paste in your juicer or mixer grinder.
4.Remove the contents to a pan and add seasoning. Boil it for 2-3 mins. Check for salt and sour levels and adjust.
5.Serve with hot mudde / rice with little ghee. Enjoy Maadi ..! Not interested to eat with rice?? Just drink the soup with a blob of butter on it :D


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Some useful links on Taste of Mysore :

AshtaLakshmi Stotra, Lakshmi Ashtaka (click maadi/ Click on the words for the webpage)
Saraswathi Astottara, Lalitha Sahasranama

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Unknown said...

LG this one is awesome! I was just looking for a monsoon recipe for greens, and here you have a great one!:)


Unknown said...

i make palak almost the same it with rice and ghee..
btw. thanks for the links for the ashtothram and lalitha sahasranamam..

YOSEE said...

yes, i think it'll make a great tasty soup.

chef and her kitchen said...

Thats a diif kind of saaru lakshmi...looks perfect with mudde

Raks said...

ery new to me,sounds yumm and would be so filling:)

Unknown said...

Same pinch Kanri nanu yivattu mudde soppina saaru maadide ootakki. Again I am feeling hungry.nice bowl Lakshmi.

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Deepthi Shankar said...

nice yummy saaru .. I love this with mudde

Mangala Bhat said...

Hey Awesome saaru kanri ..alri ragi mudde jote tinno saaaru ide tane ..was looking for the same recipe ..Thanks for sharing kanri ..:)

Parita said...

Thats hearty and healthy bowl, would taste grt with rice

Savi-Ruchi said...

idannu Mysore kade Gowdru, masoppu anthare. Perfect with mudde (as mentioned). I love this saaru with rice , papad & ghee. Tastes divine.

BTW, I got Zyka Kokum last time from Mustafa. It would be there along with Jeera, Mustard, menthya & other spices. Check madi.

Kitchen Chronicles said...

Looks nice and healthy. Have made it always till just the 2nd last step. Never tried grinding it. Nice idea.

Vani said...

This soppina saaru sounds great, LG! Will try it your way.

Dibs said...

Lovely Saaru. For some reason, both hubby and I are fed up of rice - we are living on everything except rice...and this 'soup' sounds perfect!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Wow looks yummy and tempting me.. I really love to soup and saaru... perfect for winter and health hah

Anonymous said...

Thnq Lakshmi for the list of Habbagalu........ and saaru looks yummy..!!!!!!!!!

Indian Khana said...

This must be the 10th time am trying to post comment :(....looks so gud...I like the colour so much

Archana said...

Wonderful, love this saaru...long time since I made this what they also call 'bas saaru' ?

PaTan said...

I love Indian dishes and this soup sound great. ;)