Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tadka Dal - Thovve v/s Kattu Saaru

Back to basics! What is the difference between Thovve and Kattu Saaru? For the non-Kannadigas, both of these are forms of simple tadka dal. The main difference is in the texture. Thovve is thick and Kattina Saaru/ Kattu Saaru is thin, like saaru (rasam-like consistency). The basic thovve generally has mustard seeds and hing tadka with green chillies, curry leaves and salt. In the Kannadiga brahmin world, most occasions like festivals & weddings will have thovve in this basic form. You have a bit of it with rice and ghee and that's how you begin the feast! Cilantro and lime juice are optional ingredients here. "Kattu" is the dal broth. Cooked, mashed toordal is also called kattu. Kattina Saaru uses dal broth and water and is therefore more watery, like rasam. It has some additional ingredients like cumin, crushed pepper, lime juice & chopped cilantro.

Thovve

Thovve Ingredients:


Toor Dal 1 cup
1/2 tsp tumeric
Water - 3 cups
salt to taste
Cilantro (chopped, for garnish)

Tadka:
1 tsp oil
mustard seeds
asafoetida
curry leaves
Green chillies - 3 (or to taste)

Boil dal with water and turmeric until soft. Do the tadka, add salt and garnish with cilantro. That's it! Told ya, simple dal! :)

Kattina Saaru

The recipe for kattu saaru is pretty similar to thovve. Whisk the cooked dal so it's well mashed. Add more water while cooking the dal and/or add water to the already cooked dal, to make it broth-like. Bring to a boil. Do the tadka with all the ingredients listed for thovve plus cumin seeds and ground pepper. You may want to add more chilies for heat. Finish with salt, chopped cilantro and lemon/lime juice.

44 comments:

Pavani said...

Yum Vani.. Both the dal dishes look healthy & delicious. Nice pics.

Madhu said...

You have explained the difference pretty well.Looks so comforting, Love to have thoves anytime..

Varsha Vipins said...

Daal is like a total comfort food to me..ALways love to have it..I even drink it sometimes..looks FAB..!!

indosungod said...

Just looking at it gives me a happy feeling :) love them both.

Cardamom said...

I made something so similar last evening...I added some red onions though.It was one of those days that I was craving something simple and good. This hit the spot with some mushy rice.

Yours looks perfect....Love the lime slices there... :)

hugs to gudiya,
trupti

Andhra Flavors said...

your dal looks very colourful. tempting one!

Pavithra Kodical said...

I was asking my mom the same question before :) I love kattu saaru, its simple and tasty.

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. nice colour.. looks awesome.. nice click..

Cham said...

Something i learn from kannadiga side! In Tamil nadu, usually they serve first ghee and plain cooked toor dhal (thick) Not even seasoned! Many people start the feast with dhal ghee or podi ghee. Very bright sunny looking dhal Vani!

Sandeepa said...

Lovely dal and loved the explanation. So one is just a thinner version of other ?

LG said...

Adeno sari bidi, simple dal nallu tilkolodu bahalastu irathe. Kattu saarinalli bele iratha? confusion illi swalpa. Kattu saaru athwa bassaru eradu onde ankondidde. Thovve bahala chennagi kannista ide photo nalli. Magalu chennagiddala?

Vani said...

Pavani - thanks :)

Madhu - thanks! thovve anytime for me too :)

Varsha - i sometimes drink just the saaru too, especially if I've made it spicy!

ISG - comfort foods do that, don't they? :)

Cardamom - I use garlic and onions sometimes too. this here is the traditional SI brahmin version though-no onions or garlic.

Vani said...

Lubna - thanks :)

Pavithra - he he.. you checked with your mom too, huh? :)

Srikar's Kitchen - thanks, girl :)

Cham - you know, they may out the ghee first in our case too. Gotta check to make sure :)

Sandeepa - yeah, pretty much. Saaru is well mashed and has jeera and lime.

Vani said...

LG - namma kattina saarinalli bele irathhe but tumba kadime compared to the amount of dal broth+water. Also, bele chennagi kadadi haakirutheve. Illi thanaka naanu bassaru maadilla but I think it has broth from greens also, alva?

Priya Sriram said...

Tadka daal with hot rice would sound awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe Vani, really helps me! :)

Pooja said...

Love the color vani..Looking delicious..Healthy post..

Ann said...

Daal looks colorful and yummy..always my fav

Uma said...

both the dishes look so good and mouth-watering Vani! Lovely pics.

Prathibha said...

your Dal looks very colourful..simple and great comfort food...

Sharmila said...

Mmmm Vani ... simple dal is always welcome ... and a little lemon does make it heavenly. :-)
I like the thovve version. :-)

Jaya said...

vani,
this is just my kind of soul food ,a simple dal tadka ,lemon and rice ...beautiful picture ..
hugs and smiles

Sanghi said...

Dhal is my always lite dish.. Wonderful click vani..!

Shama Nagarajan said...

awesome dal..healthy one

Kitchen Flavours said...

I think this is food that is called as Simple to cook good to eat.....Yummy.

Priya said...

My all time favourite, just love with ghee n papads!!!

Asha said...

It's complicated World, isn't it? ;D

Thovve, saaru, Thili saaru!! Abbabba, tale kedutte yochanemadta idre dina! Hahaha!!'

You know, in Lingayat family we never say Thovve ot rasam at all. For us, saaru is Tuar and veggies and thili saaru or Bassaru is the the Rasam. Bele saaru is without any vegs like Thovve.

Whatever we call it, simple dal is fab to eat. Looks great Vani.

Tushar has a week off for Spring break, have to listen to the drums all week, not looking forward to it! :P

Ashwini said...

Yene Confussion idru..Yeradu superagi iruthe..Anna tuppa thove idre paramananda...

Vani said...

Priya- glad you liekd it :)

Pooj,a Ann, Uma, Pratibha - thanks ;)

Sharmila - thovve is my fave too!

Jaya - sometimes u crave simple foods like these.

Sanghi, Shama - thanks :)

Kitchen Flavors - "simple to cook, good to eat" should be a motto or something. This sure falls in that category :)

Priya - with papad .. sure yum!

Asha - we don't use "rasam" either. Same as you - thili saaru for rasam and saaru for pretty much everything else that's saaru-like! Hvae fun with Tushar! :)

Ashwini - anna, thuppa, thoove/saaru is indeed paramaananda :)

Deepa Hari said...

Beautiful clicks...Love the color Vani...Dal looks simple and delicious.

Meenal Mehta said...

I love Dal Vani:) what lovely pics :))

rekhas kitchen said...

hummm one of my fav. looks so yummmmm nice color too

DEESHA said...

yu've really explained it well vani, love the way yr thovve looks .. i guess another najor difference is that yu sometimes add veggies to thovve & Katt saaru is rather plain. I love both :)

Vani said...

Deepa, Meenal, Rekha, Deesha- thanks for the comments :)

Mandira said...

the picture says it all! great description :)

LG said...

bassarinalli bele indirectagi haakthivi andre khara rubbi adra jote bele/kaalu so swalpa mandavagi irathe thili saaru. Yavagrau omme try maadi, mudde jote super!agi irathe :D

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! all time favs ! lovely clicks :)

Purva Desai said...

Dal is any day a comfort food....looks tempting and vibrant

Jayashree said...

Mmm....comfort food at its best. Your pic looks beautiful, Vani.

Red Chillies said...

Even though I lived in Bangalore for almost 23 years, I did not know the differnce of Thovve and Kattina saaru. We make thovve and call it Daali thoy (Konkani) and that is served on festive occasions.
Liked the explanation highlighing the differnence.

Vani said...

Mandira - thanks :)

LG - gotta try the bassaru one. Will check with you :)

Mangala, Purva, J - thanks :)

RC - thanks for stopping by! my mil actually makes dalithoy at least 3 times a week, if not more :)

TBC said...

The first pic in particular looks so good! Gorgeous yellow color! :D

Aparna said...

The absolute best. Dal in its simplest form and rice.:)

Vani said...

TBC - thanks! and adding turmeric to the dal while boiling it brings out a beautiful yellow :)

Aparna - agree. simple dal and rice is the best! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm a non-Kannadiga and married to a Kannadiga guy. I like your blogs, they make it easier for me to understand Kannadiga cooking and relate to the food, even though this form of cuisine is not mine originally. Keep blogging!
-Mona