Thursday, August 11, 2011

Saaru Pudi (Rasam Powder) and a Blogiversary Giveaway

My blog turned five last month and with Little M's 5th birthday the same week and a hundred other things happening since, I totally missed posting this. As a small token of my appreciation for all of you, my readers, I will have five giveaways spread over the next few posts. No need to "follow" me or "like" my FB page or add me to your readers or bloglists. No strings attached. Just mention in the comment that you'd be interested in the giveaway. I will use a random number generator and choose the recipient each time. This first giveaway is open only to folks in India. I will choose the recipient on Aug 21st. So be sure to let me know before then if you'd like this book.

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For the first giveaway, I've chosen a Mexican recipe book "365 Easy Mexican Recipes" by Marge Poore. As the name suggests, the recipes are simple and quick to make. It is a great book for beginners and experienced cooks alike and covers a wide gamut of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare from various regions within Mexico. You will be surprised at the sheer variety this cuisine has to offer. So dear readers, make sure you leave a comment here or on my FB page if you are interested. Non-bloggers, please leave your email addresses in your comments. I have enabled comment moderation and will not publish your comments, so your personal info is safe.

Thank you all, once again, for visiting and for the love!

I've mentioned saaru pudi (saaru powder/rasam powder) in many of my recipes here. I finally get to post it, since my mother is here and I finally got to see how she made it. (Yeah, I still get my powders from mom!) :) Saaru, for us, is not just watery rasams but also can be thicker, with or without vegetables, with or without lentils. This powder is used in the above as well as in some gojjus and palyas. I've used them in some curries too.

Saaru Pudi

2 cups coriander seeds
2 cup red chilies (3/4 byadagi: 1/4 guntur)
1/3 cup jeera
1/4 tsp methi seeds
1 tbsp whole pepper
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 cup fresh curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 pea sized heeng/asafoetida blocks

In a pan, dry roast jeera and mustard seeds separately. Keep aside.
Dry roast methi seeds and hing. Keep aside.
Add a bit of ghee and fry pepper for a minute or two, until it starts to crackle. Keep aside.
Add a tsp oil and fry coriander seeds and curry leaves, until the leaves become crisp. Keep aside.
Add a tsp of oil and fry the red chilies on low flame until crisp and the loose seeds become crisp. Add turmeric and fry for 30 seconds.
Add all the previously roasted ingredients into the pan. Mix and switch off stove.
Let it cool and grind until smooth. I used a regular mixer jar and it is not quite smooth but still works fine.
Store in an airtight container.


Sharmilee! :) said...

Sounds and looks very flavourful

themustardseed said...

Looks so fragrant and lovely from the pictures. I would love to use this in some vegetable curry.

Paaka Shaale said...

Wonderful Sarina Pudi Vani. I would definitely want that book. It's only because, I am not very good with mexican cuisine. Hoping that this book will help me improve my mexican cooking skills :)

Priya said...

Flavourful podi,congrats on ur blog anniversary Vani, keep rocking dear..

Happy Cook / Finla said...

Happy birthday to your blog and wishing youmany more happy cooking delicous years.

Jaya said...

And it feels so nice that this delicious blog has turned five..many congartulations..I too like the way you said "no need to follow or like " seems so refreshing in this mad world of following and being followed :-D.. even I believe on the same principle..Gift or no gifts I will still keep liking this space of yours..
Saaru podi ..something new ..will try it someday for sure..TC
hugs and smiles

Prathibha said...

5 yr bloggiversry??? gr8 vani...I wish u many more successful yrs of blogging...
n ofcourse I m interested in give away..lemme try my luck..:)

sra said...

Happy bloggiversary! I just came to wish you, pl don't include me in the giveaway.

Pavani said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary. Wish you many many more.
Saaru podi looks spicy and yumm. I've never tried making this at home, my mom usually keeps my stock full, otherwise I buy MTR brand. Maybe next time I'll make my own.
Would love to paticipate i the giveaway. Can I give an Indian address even when I'm in US?

Sush said...

Belated birthday wishes to your daughter. God bless her. Congratulations on your 5th blog birthday. It takes a lot of effort. Keep it up.

Wish I win the give away ;) (fingers crossed!)

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary and more to come. Best wishes. Thats a nice giveaway and I would be interested in this:-)

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi Vani, I wish to give my Chennai address for the giveaway.

♥Aps♥ said...

Same pinch Vani.... my mom was here nd she made saru pudi for me too :)
wishing ur blog and lil M a happy birthday!!
nice giveaway!!!

♥Aps♥ said...

Same pinch Vani.... my mom was here nd she made saru pudi for me too :)
wishing ur blog and lil M a happy birthday!!
nice giveaway!!!

Vani said...

Sharmilee - it is :)

the mustard seed - welcome to my blog and thanks for your comment. will be heading over to check yours.

PK - thanks for the interest in the book. It is full of recipes, simple and quick. Perfect foray into Mexican cooking :)

Priya, Finla - thanks, dear friends :)

Jaya - always so positive and nice! thanks for your sweet comment

Pratibha- yeah, 5! I started blogging for a lark and can't believe I'm still active after 5 years. Thanks to all the support. Thanks for the interest in the book. You will like it, I think.

Sra- thank you so much for your wishes

Pavani - thanks for your wishes. Same as you, depepndent on mom or MTR :) What a neat idea to give an Indian address! Of course, I would love to include you in the draw. thanks :)

Sush - thanks for the wishes and the interest in hte book. I think you will like it :)

Saras - thanks for the wishes and the interest in the book. Will add you to the draw. I'm delighted at the interest shown in the giveaway :)

Aps - same pinch! thanks for the wishes for the blog and M too :)

Bong Mom said...

Your blog turning 5 I can understand but M turned 5 too wow.
Happy Birthday to both and wishing you many many years of blogging

Shruthi Hebbur said...

1st time on ur blog. U have a nice to know Karnataka recipes.

Shruthi Hebbur said...

Good one.1st time on ur blog

Kadhyaa... said...

saaru is one of my all time comfort food and I always make pudi and keep it for handy..your version looks so nice..bookmarked the recipe

Torviewtoronto said...

love the aromatic podi
Happy birthday to your princess and happy blog anniversary

Sia said...

Happy 5th b'day to princess M and blog M :)

Pinky said...

1st time on your blog and it caught my attentionn coz of the name even i am a mysorean.

tarangasr said...


I love your blog - came across it in my quest to learn to cook Mysoorean/Kannadiga food. Have tried quite a few recipes, have begun to cook some like the bendekayi gojju regularly. The most important thing I've learnt from your writing is that almost anything can be cooked as a gojju/pallya and that too, I love!

Recently started my own blog ('s only a baby in comparison to yours, of course. I would love to have a chance at this giveaway, I'm crazy about Mexican food but can't afford to eat out much at all. My e-mail ID is

Thanks again for the intro to Mysoorean food :)


Jayashree said...

Happy birthday to Mysoorean & to little M.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Am interested in the giveaway,lovely book. This podi is new to me, bookmarked.

DEESHA said...

I love Mexican food .. The. Book looks interesting. I wish I get it :)

Priti said...

Congrats again ...Pudi looks very gud n aromatic ....the book seems to be very interesting

sharanya said...

Five years means a lot of effort and a double lot of patience. A nice idea of giveaway please count me in..

Vani said...

Thanks San, Shruthi, Kadhya, Akheela, Taranga, Sia, Pinky, Jay, MsChitchat, Deesh, Preeti and Sharanya.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vani. I have just chanced upon your blog. it's thoroughly interesting.
In this recipe you mentioned 1/4 methi seeds. Is it a cup or a tsp or something else.
Also the curry leaves that are used, are they dry?
I am really new to this cuisine so have to pester you with questions.

Plus, what kind of oil is usually used?

Vani said...

Anon - thanks for the kind words - much appreciated. And thanks to your queries, I've made a few edits that should clarify your doubts and help others too :) Any cooking oil works really, but better to not use any strong flavored oils like mustard or sesame. I used canola oil here.