Diary free Gluten free Kadhi/ saar Vegan

Coconut soup/ Narala cha saar

Today, I made my husband’s favorite food.

I was introduced to Narala cha saar after my wedding. It’s a delicacy from my mother-in-law’s side. And, she makes it best! Saar is usually served with rice and Batata chi bhaji.

You can have this saar as a soup or as a kadhi on the side. It’s a very light dish. It’s basically flavored coconut milk. This is a very easy dish to make and the milk absorbs all the flavors well, when it is grinded together with spices.

If using a frozen coconut, get it to room temperature. You can also microwave it for 30 seconds to save time.

Yields: 2 servings

prep time : 10 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

Total time : 20 minutes



For coconut milk:

  • 1 cup of fresh grated coconut/ frozen coconut.
  • 1/2” piece of ginger
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp of cumin seeds
  • few springs of cilantro/ coriander.
  • 3-4 small green chilies
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • salt as per taste

For tempering:

  • 1 clove of garlic- crushed
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing/ asafoetida
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1-2 Kokum/ optional
  • cilantro for garnish

How to proceed:

  1. Grind all the ingredients with 1/2 cup of water. It should look like milk shake.
  2. Remove the milk on muslin cloth. Squeeze all the juice out.
  3. Add remainder of water to the grinding bowl with the squeezed paste in the muslin cloth.
  4. repeat the process.
  5. flavored coconut milk is ready.
  6. In a thick bottom pot add oil.
  7. When the oil is hot add Mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  8. When the seeds start to splatter add curry leaves and crushed garlic.
  9. Sauté for few minutes add coconut milk.
  10. Lower the flame and stir constantly.
  11. Milk should not come to a boil or it will curdle.
  12. You have to heat only till soup is hot to touch.
  13. Traditionally we add Kokum . Which gives a sour taste. It’s a fruit other substitute for Kokum can be tamarind.
  14. You can have Saar with hot bowl of rice.


By Cardamomncream

Hi, I’m Neeta and welcome to my blog, Cardamomncream. On this blog, you will find family recipes and some new recipes, but with a twist.
Cooking comes naturally to me, I guess I inherited it from my maternal grandmother. I love baking as it’s a good activity to spend time with my kids.
Baking is my first love. I had a home based baking business of custom cakes. But, with constant moves comes adjusting and settling to new environments and starting over again. So decided to share my experience and knowledge with you all.
The idea behind the blog is to document all my recipes and experience with food, and record all my traditional family recipes, which is a part of my culture.