Udupi daal (Bele saru)

Udupi is very famous for its temples. Udupi food is very popular in many parts of the world. The temples here serve one of the tastiest meals. I had never tried making any of the Udupi dishes until recently. When I found an Udupi special in a Kannada weekly, I was more than happy to try them. The first recipe I made from this article, beans koddel, was a huge hit. So without second thoughts, I tried this recipe which sounded too tempting. Beledaal/lentil and saru – a watery dish used as gravy.

Ohh, that came out so tasty. I just could not stop eating it. Even when my rice finished, I loved to eat this alone. This must be one of the sarus served in those Udupi temples. I could distinctly remember the taste of it. It was one of those which I had tried to recreate from the taste. The taste had doubled on the second day.

1/2 cup toor daal
1-2 tea spns sarina pudi
1-2 tea spns jaggery
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 2-3 pieces of tamarind
A pinch asafoetida
A pinch turmeric
2-3 green chilies (optional)
2-3 strands coriander leaves
2-3 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1 red chili

Cook daal with turmeric.
Take out the juice of tamarind (or dilute tamarind extract) in 1 cup water. Add jaggery, green chilies(if using) and cook till jaggery melts completely.
Add daal, sarina pudi, salt, chopped coriander, curry leaves and cook for another 3-4 mins.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add asafoetida, red chilies cut into 2-3 pieces. Add this seasoning to the daal and mix well. Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20mins


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