The traditional way of making the Saar involves cooking the tomatoes, cooling them, then running the tomatoes through the food processor and straining out the seeds...whew!! It could take a while to get the tomatoes prepared; and though I do go the traditional way, when I am tired and hungry, I just don't have the patience. So this is where the 'quick' part comes in...
Instead of using fresh tomatoes I use 'Campbell's Low Sodium Tomato Soup' ! It makes life really easy and lunch/dinner really 'Quick'!! :)
Ingredients: (serves 2)
Campbell's Tomato soup-Low sodium 1 small can
Water 1 cup
Cayenne pepper 1-2 tbsp (adjust to your liking)
Sugar 2 tsp
Salt as per taste
Saajuk tup/ghee (clarified butter) about 1 tsp
Jeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tsp
Hing powder (Asefoetida) 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut about 2 tbsp
Empty the can of soup in a saucepan. Mix in the water to thin it out. Tomato saar is generally not very thick. Next, add the cayenne pepper, sugar and salt. Heat the saar and bring to a boil. Check for taste. You should get a sweet & sour taste.
In a separate small kadhai, heat the ghee(tup) to make the fodni/tadka. To this add the jeera and the hing powder. Pour this over the Tomato Saar. Garnish with grated coconut (I use frozen coconut) and cilantro. Serve hot.
Now wasn't that quick? ;)
We had the Tomato Saar with 'Masaale Bhaat', of which I will write in my next post.
- You can replace the sugar with gul (jaggery). Also, in this case, do not add cayenne pepper. Add coarsely crushed black peppercorns instead, to the fodni (tadka). This is how my mother-in-law prepares it.
- Instead of using grated coconut, use coconut milk. It gives a creamy texture to the Saar.