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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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{ 22 comments… add one }

  • asha April 5, 2007, 8:23 am

    Yummy!! I love Udupi cuisine,I am posting one too shortly.Thanks for this and bring us more Udupi recipes,I just have one.

  • Aruna Pai April 5, 2007, 11:16 am

    I had a neighbor aunt who used to send us different udupi dishes. Although similar to GSB cuisine, it is a little different. I am going to try this. Thanks

  • Manjula April 5, 2007, 11:24 am

    I am always looking for new an different saaru’s. Refreshing change from the usual daali & rasam.
    Nice picture. Love those red lines in the background.

  • Ranjani April 5, 2007, 2:39 pm

    feels like a nice comfort food..have to try this.

  • anusharaji April 5, 2007, 10:29 pm

    luv the color

  • anyesha April 6, 2007, 11:44 am

    Just curious, is the spice mix used for anything else?

  • bee April 6, 2007, 1:58 pm

    shilpa, i’m totally making this. your recipes are always unique.

  • Shilpa April 6, 2007, 5:10 pm

    Asha, I will wait for your Udupi dishes. I have become a huge fan these days. Will surely post more in coming days.

    Aruna, this is a sweetish dish. I am sure you will like this. Yes, their cuisine is almost like our GSB cuisine.

    Thanks a lot Manjula for kind words. I too get bored of eating same things again and again. So keep searching for new things.

    Ranjani, believe me, this was one of the best dishes I prepared in last few days. Yumm…

    Thanks Anusharaji.

    Anyesha, this spice mix is used for many different garvys. I will find out more about it and post here.

    Bee, I am sure you and J will love it. Let me know when you try it.

  • soumya April 6, 2007, 6:10 pm

    hey love this.Well i had prepared this yesterday.Lovely color….hmmm…

  • Aruna Pai April 6, 2007, 6:43 pm

    Shilpa i tried this for lunch today, and liked the taste of it very much. Thanks once again.

  • prathibhavijaykumar April 7, 2007, 8:38 am

    wow,great what a reciepe for nutritional saru.thanks.

  • Shilpa April 8, 2007, 4:41 pm

    Thanks a lot Soumya.

    Aruna, I knew you would love this. Thanks for letting me know :).

    Prathibhavijaykumar, let me know if you try this.

  • Asha April 10, 2007, 3:55 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Tried this and the family loved it. Just a small correction – the seasoning in the end does not mention asafoetida.

    Thanks so much for posting the recipe

  • Nayak Mayi April 18, 2007, 11:49 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Iam from udupi and very happy to see this recipe. Tried it and was very happy that it came very close to saaru i tasted in temple. Thanks.

  • Lata January 30, 2008, 2:01 am

    Hi Shipa,

    I am a huge fan of Udipi saaru…… The recipe sounds quite easy to I am surely gonna try this. thanks

  • Munni August 7, 2008, 7:44 pm

    I just made this saru for dinner tonight, it was delicious !! which of course is an understatement !!! Can’t thank you enough Shipa, you are truly such a blessing !! yummy saru

  • saritha shetty November 19, 2008, 5:10 am

    i am saritha shetty
    stay in bombay

    i like south indian dish l like sambar

    i want south indian recipes in kannada language.

    please send. & i want sambar powder also can you give your any your bombay shop address.
    thanking you

  • pavitra February 1, 2009, 9:31 am

    If you add tomatoes along with the chillies and the tamarind , it wold taste more like the original udupi saar :)

  • kalpana May 3, 2009, 12:10 am

    thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. I will appreciate if u will share some more udapi recies.I tried this recipe it turned out very well

  • jayashree February 23, 2010, 1:21 am

    please can you write how to make udupi saarina pudi, sambhar pudi, and rubbida huli. all the recepice are good thanks a lot.

  • SHAMEEM SAIAD May 17, 2010, 3:17 pm

    i like udupi dishes they are superb and the best and best

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