January 11, 2010

South Indies: Kokum Saar

I wasn't very familiar with dishes made out of kokum before my wedding. I wasn't aware of anything beyond Kokum Sherbet. After my wedding, Shankar's grandmom introduced me to a variety of kokum dishes.

Kokum Saar is one such dish I really fell in love it. If you are aware of the many health benefits that kokum has to offer, I am sure this would be on your menu.

I love this saar mainly because its very light. If you've had a heavy lunch/dinnernat your favorite restaurant, then this is perfect for you.

Kokum Saar 2

You Will Need:

  • 8 - 10 dried kokum
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp desi ghee
  • Salt as per taste

How To:

  • Soak dried kokum in warm water for about 30 minutes. Extract juice & discard dry skin
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add kokum extract, 3 -4 cups of water & bring to a boil.
  • To this, add grated jaggery & salt as per taste. If the saar turns out too strong or is tangy, add more water.Bring it to a rolling boil & turn off the gas.
  • Temper with mustard seeds, red chillies & curry leaves.

Serve HOT with rice or if you prefer to gulp it down, even better .. Enjoi !!

Kokum Saar

I love this with plain steamed rice. If I've had a heavy meal, then this is usually my lunch the next day. Makes me feel light ...

47 comments:

Sanjana said...

This looks wonderful. I'm not sure if I'd be able to gulp it down but I'm game to have GALLONS of it with rice. Delicious!

SE said...

Such a mouthwatering saar..perfect in the cold weather..

Asha said...

I have some Kokum in the fridge but never used it since I bought it. Looks so good, must try.

PJ said...

kokum saar looks delicious! I have also only heard of kokum serbat but this looks great.. what a comfort it would be to drink a hot bowl full of this on wintry days!

Happy cook said...

I have never had this , it sure sounds delcious and so healthy.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious recipe dear...thanks for sharing

Rachana Kothari said...

I have never tasted this..looks yummy:) Thanks for sharing.

Madhu said...

I have yet to try Kokum in my cooking.
Rasam looks lovely..

Anu said...

Rasam looks lovely..

Sathya Sankar said...

kokum saar looks delicious, never heard of it before!
Interesting recipe...

Uma said...

looks so refreshing and yummy.

Happy New Year 2010 to you and your family.

Sarah Naveen said...

excellent click..Sounds great...yummy yumm

Priya said...

Such a delicious and tangy saar, gorgeous click..

Sujatha said...

I'm drooling! Kokum rasam is such a new twist and can't wait to try it.. great recipe to share Deesha!

Cham said...

Such a lovely click! The saaru looks refreshing !

Usha said...

Looks delicious ! Lovely pic too !

LG said...

I recently tried this saar. It tastes yumm..looks nice in the pic :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely refreshing drink! Completely new to me...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

never tasted this one. nice click.

Smitha said...

Reminds me of Goddrasa, just that tamarind replaces Kokum... I have some lying in my pantry, should give it a try as soon as I am allowed to :)

Nandini said...

Healthy and refreshing saar! I like to gulp it down.

Parita said...

Even i was only aware of kokam sherbet until your recipe, kokam saar is something new and I am sure i will love it:-)

Prathibha said...

I can drink this just like that..bought a pack of kokum but never tried anything with kokum so far...need to try all the dishes wid it soon..and ur saar is inspiring me to start them soon

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wonderful click deesha!

priya said...

looks spicy and drooling!!....very nice clicks!

Sushma Mallya said...

simple & delicious & presented so well

Malar Gandhi said...

This looks absolutely refrehing....I just sneak them in my curry dish! Thanks for this lovely recipe to you and grandmom:)

Shri said...

Slurp!

Mangala Bhat said...

yummy! pics r awesome!

Divya Rao said...

Look great Deesha! I love cocum rasam...

Bergamot said...

never had kokum rasam...it has always been kokum kadhi made with coconut milk. The pics look great... tempting me to try it out.

Tina said...

Healthy and refreshing saar..

notyet100 said...

this is new for me looks delicious,...

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wowwww..superb snap Deeshaa dear.. im getting its aroma hear.. :)

BDSN said...

Does kokum mean tamarind? Looks very appetizing!!

sowmya.s said...

nice recipe...beautiful picture..

s said...

lovely..i think ive had it in someones home in Goa..is it a konkani drink?

Sheetal Kiran said...

You took me right back home! And serving it like that makes me want to reach right in, and glug it down ... ahhh!

Pari said...

Hi. The saar looks so appetising, with all the health benefits Kokam has, this has to be good. I do have Kokam in my pantry, will try ur version. Thanks for sharig dear.
Pari
http://cooking-goodfood.blogspot.com

Sush said...

great pictures as usual. It is been a while that I prepared this saaru. Thanks for reminding!

Aruna Devi said...

Not yet taste....Let me try soon...looks gr8...am follwng u...

Divya Vikram said...

New recipe! Looks comforting.

Ramya Manja said...

Hey Deesha,First time here,and loved it completely...kokum rasam looks delicious...

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Yet to taste kokum....love the way u presented it....

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shanthi said...

So easy to make and healthy. Do visit my blog when time permits http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

vidhas said...

Looka yum! Great click.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

New to me ...lovely rasam