Friday, 29 May 2020

Udupi Saaru || Udupi style tomato rasam || How to prepare udupi style tomato charu

Udupi Sarru || Udupi tomato saaru || Udupi style tomato saaru with step by step pics and tips. It is tasty and aromatic saaru recipe from udupi Brahmin cuisines. My father is from Udupi, he loves this saaru/ rasam / charu a lot, we use fresh scrapped coconut a lot in our daily recipes. Are you thinking what special in udupi saaru? the answer is its aromatic flavors from rasam powder, curry & coriander leaves added while boiling rasam, taste of jaggery and coconut oil and scrapped / grated coconut added at last. If you want to skip adding coconut and jaggery in this rasam then surely you miss that udupi saaru taste. In temple rasam, they do not add tomatoes, our saaru taste same as served in temples. For South Indian people rasam is one recipe we never say no to it. If Homemade rasam powder is ready, you can prepare drumstick rasam, tomato rasam easily. Pepper rasam is very tasty and healthy recipe which heals cold and gives good relief too. Lemon rasam is very easy to prepare rasam that can be prepared easily without any rasam powder too, check out lemon rasam in youtube.

Taking this aromatic and tasty udupi saaru to Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge fb group started by Priya of Priyas Versatile Recipes and taken further till date by Mayuri di who blogs at Mayuris jikoni. We completed recipes from all states from A to Z, so now admin team and members decided a new interesting way for monthly theme that is - one group member in alphabetical order will suggest theme. Later admin team will pair interested members, then we share 2 secret ingredients among us and prepare recipe using it and all other members will guess it. This week theme suggested by Jayashree Trao, she is very talented chef and also author of cookery e-books found on Amazon.  I bookmarked her watermelon rind salad recipe to try in this summer. This week i am paired with Anu kollon, she gave me fenugreek and coconut as two ingredients, with that i prepared this udupi saaru. In return i gave her coconut and green chillies. I bookmarked her little hearts cookieskulkuls to try soon. Do check out her space for wonderful recipes.

Let's start recipe..


                                                                Udupi saaru 

Preparation time : 15 min
Cook Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 1 bowl
Category : Rasam / Regional
Recipe Cuisine: Udupi
Main ingredient: udupi Rasam powder
Author : Aruna SarasChandra



To prepare saarina podi / for rasam powder

coriander seeds - 2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
fenugreek seeds/ menthulu - 1/4 tsp
red chillies - 5
curry leaves - 1 sprig
coconut oil - 1 tsp

To prepare udupi rasam

cooked toor dal - 1 cup
Tomato - 2
green chillies - 3
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
curry leaves - 1 sprigs
coriander leaves - 3 tsp(chopped)
scrapped/grated fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
tamarind - small lemon size
salt a per taste
jaggery - 1/2 tsp

For tempering

coconut oil / ghee - 1 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
curry leaves - 1 sprig
red chili - 1
hing - 1 pinch


1) Soak toor dal for 30 minutes and cook it for 5 to 6 whistle and mash it well. Also soak tamarind in water, chop tomatoes and green chillies keep it aside.

2) Heat a pat, add 1 tsp coconut oil add coriander seeds fry it on low to medium flames. When it starts changing color add fenugreek, cumin seeds fry for a second, now add red chili and curry leaves. Fry everything well and take it into plate. let it cool for room temperature.

3) Take the above in mixer jar and grind it to fine powder.

4) let's start rasam now , add 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in a pan, then add tomatoes, green chili, curry leaves, coriander leaves fry it on low to medium flames till tomatoes becomes bit smooth, now add 1 glass water boil water till tomatoes float up.

5) Now add boiled and mashed toor dal boil for some time then add tamarind pulp to boil it for 3 minutes on medium flames. 

6)  add 11.2 glass water(adjust accordingly), above prepared 3 tsp of saaru podi / rasam powder , 1/2 tsp jaggery boil rasam till you get nice foam on it. 


7) At last add chopped coriander leaves and scrapped fresh coconut boil for a minute and switch off the flames.

8) Heat a tempering bowl with 1 tsp of coconut oil / ghee, add all ingredients mentioned in tempering one after other fry it on low flames.

9) Add above tempering  in rasam.

  That's it our Udupi special rasam/ saaru is ready to serve. Serve hot with hot steamed rice. We had this saaru with rice and potato curry, it tasted very yummy.



** Adding coconut and jaggery is optional but i prefer to add it, to get exact rasam recipe.

** You can store saaru podi / rasam powder in air tight container, we can use to in joggu avalaki and in other curry recipes too.

** Do not boil rasam for long time.

** Add correct amount of tamarind juice, to get good rasam taste.

** Add saaru podi according to your taste.

Hope this tips are helpful to you and you liked my lemon rasam recipe. Also check other related recipes just by clicking the link below pic..

                                                        Drumstick Rasam


                             Mamidikaya pappu

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  1. The Udupi style tomato rasam sounds very aromatic and flavorful Aruna ! With the coconut, jaggery, and tamarind going in i am sure it is lip smacking dish.

  2. Udipi style rasam looks so delicious. The colour and look of it is so inviting that I want to have it right now.

  3. So flavorful and aromatic rasam with freshly grounded masala. Looks too tempting and bookmarking to try sometime.

    1. surely you will love it Narmadha, try it once, thank you :)

  4. Super saaru
    We love rasam at our place and it is a regular feature at home ..will try this version soon

  5. Aruna, I like your simple rasam powder which you've made at home. As for the tomato rasam, I love it. Slightly tangy and with little sweetness, perfect with rice or on its own.

    1. Thank you di, though i prepare rasam powder once in a 15 days, always love to prepare it fresh :)

  6. I'm a big fan of the sweetish Udupi sambar, but haven't had a chance to try out the rasam yet. Yours looks so delicious! I love the sound of your rasam powder, and will definitely be trying this recipe out.

  7. Love to make tomato rasam when it is raining or in winters.. with all the spices gone in Tomato Rasam sounds very falvurful comforting and healthy..

  8. Such an aromatic and flavourful rasam.. I can have rasam for any time of the day and yours looks so inviting. Can literally feel the taste of it. Yumm !

  9. Udupi style rasam look so delicious. I am sure the flavor and aroma was amazing with the freshly ground masala.

  10. Rasam is one of my favourite and this Udupi style sounds very flavourful and delicious. Irresistible, I can enjoy it as is

  11. I love this mildly sweet rasam with grated coconut. Enjoying the rasam with rice and potato fry is a pure bliss. Beautiful Click.

  12. The rasam with fresh pound masala looks so flavoursome. The udupi rasam is tasty and I love it with hot steamed rice.

  13. Comfort of anna - saaru is unbeatable. I love saaru for all the winter nights as it is a lighte soup style meal, yet very comforting