Thursday, March 29, 2012

Holige Saaru | Obbattu Chaaru | Special Toor dal Rasam

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When we make this sweet , called Holige (in Kannada language) or any sweet which uses hoorna (sweet lentil stuffing) as the stuffing we definitely make this incredible lip smacking holige saaru along with it. I am sure that by now you all would have guessed that I made this saaru with the hoorna that I had made for Sugeelu. If we have hoorna already prepared with us then making this saaru is just a breeze.If you have anyone in the family who does not like rasam, I am sure that they would definitely change their mind after tasting it.This is my personal favorite variety of saaru and is in-fact my most signature recipe at my in-laws place.If you have never tried this before, please give it a's really worth a try.
Recently, I received a request from one of my readers, for this recipe hence I thought I will post this recipe as I had made this saaru for Ugadi.
Holige Saaru | Obbattu Chaaru Recipe:
(Serves 2-3)

1/3 cup Hoorna(filling for Obattu/Holige) * see notes
a small lemon sized Tamarind or 3 tbsp Tamarind pulp
3 tbsp grated fresh coconut
1 tbsp finely chopped Coriander
2 tsp Sambar/Rasam powder *see notes
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

for Tadka:
2 tsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
a sprig of curry leaves
a pinch of Asafoetida

  • Add 2 cups of water(strained water from toor dal) to the hoorna and mix well and boil the mixture.
  • Once it comes to a boil add grated coconut,chopped coriander,sambar/rasam powder,tamarind pulp,turmeric powder and enough salt and mix well.Let it come to a boil.Taste it now and adjust the seasoning according to your taste buds.In case you need to add more water or tamarind or salt or sambar powder,feel free to add it.This would be sweet,spicy and tangy at the same time,a perfect blend of flavors.
  • Mean while heat ghee in a small tadka pan and crackle mustard seeds and add curry leaves and hing and fry for few seconds and add this tadka to the boiling rasam and boil for 1 minute and switch off the flame and keep it covered.

Serve it hot with plain hot rice and some vegetable fry and fryums.


  1. This saaru(rasam) is made when we make holige or any other sweet like sukkinunde or kadubu where we use the hoorna as filling, the rasam tastes best with the hoorna.In case you want to try this without hoorna,you can replace it with cooked toor dal and add 2 tbsp grated jaggery while boiling the rasam.Though there is a compromise in taste but it is still tastier.
  2. My mom gives me the sambar powder which can be used as rasam powder.You can easily replace the sambar powder with store bought MTR brand Sambar/Rasam powder.
  3. For a Vegan version use oil instead of ghee in the seasoning.

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Hari Chandana P said...

Nice recipe.. Love the presentation too.. thanks for sharing :)
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Suma Gandlur said...

Looks very yummy and colorful.

Vimitha Durai said...

Never tried this recipe.. Looks so comforting

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Your reader must be pretty happy to see this post :-) Lovely presentation of toor dal rasam

Anonymous said...

I love rasam..Toor dal rasam looks so spicy and yummy.

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Faseela said...

yummy rasam.....

My Kitchen Antics said...

a completely new dish to me, but i love rasam and its been so long since i made it

Lena Jayadev said...

Belated Ugadi wishes Prathy..
Rasam looks too goo.. love to have it with hot rice and pappad.. :)

Kanan said...

wow. It looks so great. Love it.

Prema said...

Belated Ugadi wishes Prathy...Had this rasam at my friend's house,yummy! lovely clicks...

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Yummy looking rasam, looks superb.

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Indian Khana said...

Look so yum and delicious ....on my do list ...lovely pics gal

Swathi said...

Delicious new recipe to me.

Sravs said...

Inviting and wonderful rasam !! Great photography :) loved all the clicks

FewMinute Wonders said...

Looks delicious. said...

this looks so tempting n just awesome!u done it perfectly..nice.

Unknown said...

This is a new recipe to me.. Looks delicious..

Sum said...

My favorite too!!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i had no idea holige stuffing cud be made into saaru! wont it be a lil on the sweeter side coz of all that jaggery? shud giv it a try next time i make holige

chef and her kitchen said...

@Deeps..The rasam would be slightly on the sweeter side,but very well balanced with the sourness and spicyness..and this rasam is supposed to be like that

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wow..this looks great..:)
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hemalata said...

Delicious looking rasam n love the presentation.

Chitra said...

New to me. recipe sounds yummy. looks delicious :)

Archana said...

This is my favourite saar. Brings back memories of Ajji and amma making it for festivals. Thanks.

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