TiLi Saar

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I have almost recovered from my flu and weakness and I am in much better health today. I was a weak child, in sense of catching cold and flu virus since childhood. Running nose was so common with me, almost all the time. That followed with fever, blocked nose and continuous sneezes that would make me look no better than a circus clown with a naturally inflamed red nose! It was a nightmare that always made me feel guilty.

If someone sneezed meters away, I would have probably caught the virus within minutes. No joke! At a point, even my high school teachers, college lectures and friends had a tough tough time with me. One of my college lectures found it so disturbing in his classes, that my mother was summoned for complaints regarding my condition and proper introspection. Poor mom of mine had been dealing with all this for long. Blood tests said nothing, just high eosinophil count, a condition of allergy. And that allergy meant negativity towards almost everything. Changing weather, summers or winters, humidity, dust, rains, loud noise, headlights, sleep, food, etc, etc, etc. Allopathic medicines only gave temporary relief. In my opinion, no relief at all, just a suppression. Amphetamines, antihistamines yielded no solution. How much could one deal with it?

For times when I would often fall sick with common cold or fever, my mom would patiently extend herself to make treatments at home. She opinionated that conditions with common cold or fever could be dealt at home with care and did not require extensive allopathic medications. She always jokes "Allopathy medicines would take just a week to cure, while home remedy would take 7 long days to cure." We hardly went to doctors for such conditions. She would prepare different types of Kashayas, Fire roasted ginger roots, Jeshtmaddu roots and several other home remedies for cure. She took immense care on food too. Food on those days were light, focussed on easily digestible ones. Rasam, Saar, Tambli were very common with over cooked mushy rice, again to aid for ease in digestion.

Even today, she continues to follow the same principles and it works wonders. You bet, I can't be as efficient as her when it comes to remedies, but I make a sincere attempt to follow her during my bouts of common colds, flu and fever. Even as I am recovering now, I have been careful with food I am cooking. This TiLi Saar is one of my favorites and it makes presence on my dining table very often. Not just when I am sick and low, but for those days when simple home food can be the most comforting.


TiLi Saar

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup pigeon lentil/toor dal, over cooked
2 cups water
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
1 tsp sambar/rasam powder
1/2 tsp compounded asafeotida
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Tempering:

1 tsp clarified butter/pure ghee (replace it for coconut oil for a vegan version)
1 tsp mustard seeds
A sprig of curry leaves
2 red chillies

Garnish:

Chopped coriander leaves

DIRECTIONS

Pressure cook the toor dal with water and turmeric powder for 15 min. Ensure the pigeon lentil/toor dal is over cooked so that it can be mashed well. Once cooked, mash the lentils, add the tamarind paste, sambar/rasam powder, 2 cups of water and the compounded asafeotida (hing). Bring this to a gentle boil. Add more water to make it thin.

Heat some clarified butter / oil in a pan. Add a tsp of mustard seeds, a sprig of curry leaves and 2 red chillies. Fry till the mustard begins to splutter. Remove from heat and temper the prepared TiLi saar. Serve hot over steaming rice.


TiLi means light or runny, in sense watery. TiLi saar is basically similar to rasam and is popular in coastal parts of Karnataka. You can substitute half the tamarind to tomato puree and make Tomato saar. Tempering can be changed to add garlic flavors with pepper and cumin. Eaten commonly with a generous dollop of homemade ghee (clarified butter) over ganji, over cooked mushy rice, they can be the most comforting home food I can ask for.

24 comments:

  1. Dear MD,
    Nice to know that you are feeling better and recovering well.Love the color and look of the bowl of Tili Saar.Would really love to just grab it enjoy it right away.Mom's are always the best.

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  2. Dal is such a comfort food for me...that looks delicious and yummie...nice to know that you are feeling better now..tk care!

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  3. So sweet of you to post this saar even as you just recover :) Must provide lot of motherly nostalgia.

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  4. Perfect comfort food.. saaru and hot rice. Wouldn't mind some happala,sandige with it too:-))

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  5. I like rasam very much. This one is really delicious and yummy. Hope you are feeling better. some time homemade remedies are more helpful than medicines.

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  6. oh dear O completely connect to your condition as the case is same with me. with high eosinophil I also had low resistance power which made me sick to any weather changes. Maa used to make karha
    (a concoction prepared with various spices and herbs). tili saar looks good and seems to have a tongue tickling taste. going to make it next when I feel low...and the weather confirms its not far :-)

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  7. looks delicious... rasam makes me drooooling... takecare..

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  8. U kno i had tili saaru when we had been to mysore..... nd was looking for te recipe never found one interesting this is so nice... will try out soon nd post in mine
    Take care nd hope u r all well now...
    Touch wood i catch fever very rarely but if i do it goes for long nd all arrives in one package kind fever.... :D ne ways u take care... nd All wee be fine :)

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  9. Looks so fab...drooling over ..wonderful pics MD

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  10. Glad that you are back and blogging. Saaru looks very delicious. It is one of my favorite dishes.

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  11. lovely pics, love to have this with rice anytime...and hope your feeling much better now mallika,take care

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  12. Hy Mallika,
    Thanks for stopping by my spaces and your motivating comments. Tempting rasam recipe with delicious clicks...! gonna try soon..!

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  13. Tili saar looks comforting and yummy...awesome clicks...

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  14. Wheather it's a simple or complicated dish, you can definitely make it look so good.Beautiful pictures.

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  15. Hope your feeling good now Mallika. This comforting Chaaru or saaru is definetely comforting one anytime of the day. As always the pictures are perfect.

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  16. Looks great dear.. hope u got well..

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  17. Take care MD....Saru looks gud nothing can beat its comfort...Beautiful click

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  18. Hi... First time in ur blog. U have a great looking blog. Lovely set of recipe...

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  19. First time here... the saar looks tempting so do the bakes.

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  20. very interesing one
    looks so delicious
    best with hot steamed rice

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  21. this recipe and the first snapshot is my favourite from the recent one's.

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  22. Lovely picture and wish to have a glass of this

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  23. yes the best comfort food! nothing to beat mom's tili saar...i hope future generations will enjoy it as well

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