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Saar ~ Plain Sorak (Mangalorean Style Rasam)

'Saar' a watery, thin gravy made from onions or tomatoes or lentils is a traditional accompaniment to rice in Mangalorean meals.
Course Accompaniment
Cuisine Mangalorean
Keyword 30 Mins or Less, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 66kcal


To be ground:

  • 3 long dry red chillies Bedgi preferably (I deseeded them to reduce the spice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3-4 peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 3 small garlic cloves
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 marble sized ball of tamarind
  • Salt to taste

For tempering:

  • 1 small onion finely sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ghee or oil


  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under 'To be ground' very coarsely. Please note - what we want here is for all the ingredients to just release their respective flavours and not thickness that comes from completely grinding them together. So just pulse the grinder for 2-3 seconds till the ingredients are just very coarse and remove it into a bowl. Rinse the grinding jar with 1 cup of water.
  • Transfer the coarsely ground masala and its water and another 1/2 cup of water to a pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium and let it simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a smaller pan heat the ghee or oil for tempering. When hot add the finely sliced onion and fry until golden. Pour this seasoning into the prepared saar.
  • Serve hot with plain rice.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg