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