Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hunase Saaru - Tamarind Rasam

This is one quick rasam to make and tastes amazing. My Mom makes the best hunase saaru. How many ever times I've made this and following her exact way, sometimes with her watching too, somehow it just doesn't taste the same as hers. It tastes great, mind you, but it is just not mom's. Something about the magic of mother's cooking, right?

We have this saaru (rasam) with rice or drink as is, with a bit of ghee on top. Drinking hunase saaru in a steel cup is especially great in winter, nursing a hot hunase saaru (pronounced hu-Na-say), feeling the warmth of the saaru through the steel cup in our hands, while enjoying the explosion of tangy-spicy flavors warmly coursing through our throats.

Hunase Saaru


1 tsp thick tamarind concentrate (about a large lemon sized amount of fresh tamarind)
3/4 tsp saaru pudi (rasam powder)
1.5 tsp brown sugar or jaggery
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
2 cups water
salt to taste

For the tadka:
1/2 tsp mustard seeds/ rai
1 tsp cumin seeds/ jeera
3-4 methi seeds
2-3 red chillies, broken
2-3 pepper pods, crushed
a pinch of asafoetida
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp oil


If using tamarind concentrate, dissolve in one cup of water. Keep aside.
If using tamarind, soak in a cup of warm water for 10 minutes. Then squeeze and strain the juice. Keep aside.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once they pop, add asafoetida, jeera and methi seeds.
After a few seconds, add the remaining tadka ingredients and sauté for a few seconds.
Pour the tamarind pulp, water and saaru pudi (rasam powder) to this and bring to a boil.
Add salt and jaggery and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Taste to adjust the salt and jaggery levels.
Finish with chopped cilantro and serve with a bit of ghee on top.


Kannada Cuisine said...

Love this saaru..the best palate cleanser and of course heart-soul warming..

Nagashree said...

This is what I need after looking at and eating all the habbada adige ;-), yummy

Priya said...

Slurp,such a tangy and comforting saaru.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear

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Bong Mom said...

You are right even following the exact steps, the dishes though good do not taste like Mom's
How is the weather in TN ? It is getting pretty chilly here

Vani said...

Thanks, all!

San - yup, the jaade in mom's hands, right? And left you a comment on the weather, even before I saw your comment. ESP?

Vani said...

OK, that should be "jaadu" :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

There are still some recipes that I can't replicate like the way my Mom does....That why we all crave for Mom's food :-)
Yummy looking tangy spicy drink...

Lubna Karim said...

i can feel the tickle on my taste buds by seeing the to try this....I think that is what mom's touch is all about....

Sharmila said...

Made it Vani! This one is a keeper! Mucho thanks. Just left a line on this post on fb too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Loved this recipe vani... I'm so glad u blog.. It a life saver for me :)