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Published on Aug 17, 2012
Tomato soup from Maharashtra called as tomato saar. This saar is very famous in Maharashtra. It is little variation to the tomato soup. It reminds of Tomato Rasam. I usually make it as a alternative to Dal. Most of the Maharashtrian weddings or similar functions, tomato saar is served with Pulav or Masale bhat. It is very comforting to drink a bowl of tomato saar in winter.
4 number (red) tomatoes 1/4 tsp asafoetida to taste chopped coriander leaves 1 tsp cumin seeds 4-5 number curry leaves 2-3 clove garlic 2-3 tsp ghee 1 oz ginger 3-4 number green chilies to taste salt 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp turmeric powder
1. Boil tomatoes till soft. (Microwave is useful for this)
2. Remove the shells and purée tomatoes in a grinder.
3. Add water to this purée as per the desired consistency. Also add salt and sugar and let it boil over medium heat.
4. Make a paste of green chilies, garlic and ginger.
5. Now, heat another small pan. Add 2-3 tsp ghee. When the ghee is heated, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, turmeric powder , curry leaves and chili-ginger-garlic paste. This is 'tempering' (also called phodni in Marathi) for the saar.
6. When tomato purée starts boiling, pour the hot tempering over it. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.
Garnish with lots of coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.