Bele Saaru (Rasam) recipe

Bele saaru or rasam is a very easy to cook and  popular dish in South India and it is best served with rice.  Bele saaru is a traditional South Indian dish which is made from tamarind juice and tomatoes.  During rainy seasons, it can be had as a hearty soup.


  • Tur dal - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind water - 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato - 1 no (chopped finely)
  • Saaru powder (rasam powder ) - 1 1/2 tsp
  • A string of curry leaves
  • Few coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee- 2 tsps


Step 1

Wash and soak tur dal in water for 45 minutes. Add turmeric powder to water and pressure cook till 4 whistles or until soft.

Step 2

For tamarind water, soak a lemon size ball of tamarind in water for half an hour to 45 minutes and then squeeze the water from the tamarind.

Step 3

Pour the tamarind water in a vessel. Add salt, asafoetida, chopped tomatoes, saaru or rasam powder, curry leaves and coriander leaves and boil on a medium flame, till the aroma exudes.

Step 4

Then add boiled tur dal and enough water to get a medium consistency. Boil the saaru till it reaches the boiling point. Remove from fire.

Step 5

Heat ghee in a tadka pan. Add mustard seeds. Allow it to splutter and pour it in saaru.

Step 6

Serve saaru or rasam hot with rice


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