tomato saar recipe, how to make tomato saar recipe

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tomato saar is tangy soupy curry like preparation made with tomatoes, coconut and spices. 

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tomato saar recipe with step by step pics. tomato saar is basically a tangy soupy curry like preparation. you can also call it as tomato curry.

tomato saar recipe

i have been making this particular tomato saar recipe for many years and this is a finger-licking tasty saar that tastes awesome with steamed rice. i had one book on indian cuisine which is out of print now and it is from this book that i had initially adapted tomato saar recipe many years back.

tomatoes is one of my favorite veggie to go in most dishes. no wonder i am a big fan of both tomato rasam and this tomato saar. so no doubt, i have already shared 3 more versions of tomato rasam:

  1. tomato rasam
  2. instant thakkali rasam (quick and easy)
  3. tomato charu (andhra style tomato rasam)

the recipe uses fresh coconut and the tanginess of tomatoes is balanced by the subtle sweetness of the coconut. tomato saar tastes best with steamed rice, but you can even have it as a soup. you can also tomato saar serve with a side veggie stir fried dish like suran fry, baby potato fry, baby corn fry or bendakaya fry.

if you are looking for more tomato recipes then do check tomato soup, tomato rice, tomato upma and tomato chutney recipe.

tomato saar recipe, tomato curry recipe
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tomato saar recipe | tomato curry recipe

tomato saar is tangy soupy curry like preparation made with tomatoes, coconut and spices. 

course main course
cuisine maharashtrian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 4
rough calories per serving 127 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking tomatoes

  • 250 grams tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes or 2 cups quartered tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups water for cooking tomatoes

for coconut paste

  • ½ cup fresh grated coconut
  • 2 to 3 green chilies - chopped or 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)

other ingredients for tomato saar

  • ½ teaspoon jaggery or sugar
  • salt as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water to be added later

for tempering tomato saar

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 red chili - broken and seeds removed
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

for garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

how to make recipe

cooking tomatoes

  1. rinse tomatoes well in water. then quarter them. keep aside.

  2. in a pan bring 1.5 cups water to a rapid boil.

  3. add the tomatoes.

  4. cover the pan and simmer on low to medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes till the tomatoes are tender.

  5. the tomatoes have to get softened. let the tomatoes cool down at room temperature or become warm.

  6. then strain the tomatoes using a strainer, so that seeds are removed from the stock. keep the reserved stock aside. alternatively you can purée the tomatoes separately and then strain the purée. then grind coconut, chilies and cumin separately. since i do not strain tomato purée, i grind everything together.

making tomato-coconut paste

  1. add the cooked tomatoes in the grinder jar. also add ½ cup fresh grated coconut, 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped green chilies and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

  2. without adding water grind to a smooth consistency.

making tomato saar

  1. now take the tomato and coconut paste in a pan. i have used the same pan in which i cooked the tomatoes.

  2. add the reserved stock.

  3. add ½ cup water in the grinder jar. swirl and rotate the jar, so that the tomato-coconut paste stuck at the sides and bottom of the jar gets mixed with the water.

  4. now add this water in the pan. you can add water as required. you can overall add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

  5. season with salt as per taste.

  6. add ½ teaspoon jaggery or sugar. you can add less or more as per your taste.

  7. mix very well and keep the pan on a stove top on low to medium flame.

  8. bring the tomato saar to a boil. then switch off the flame. cover and keep aside.

tempering tomato saar

  1. in a tadka pan or a small frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. keep the flame to a low.

  2. then add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds.

  3. let the mustard seeds begin to crackle.

  4. when the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds.

  5. let the cumin seeds also crackle.

  6. then add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1 red chili (broken and seeds removed). fry for a couple of seconds till the red chilies change color. take care not to burn them.

  7. switch off the flame and add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch asafoetida. mix well.

  8. now pour this tempering in the tomato saar.

  9. cover the pan with a lid and allow the tempering flavors to get infused in the saar for 3 to 4 minutes.

  10. then stir the tomato saar.

  11. now add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

  12. serve tomato saar with steamed rice accompanied with a side veggie stir fried dish.

recipe notes

a few tips for making tomato saar:

  • you can add less or more green chilies.
  • you can reduce the oil to 1 tablespoon for tempering. 
  • add water as required.
  • instead of jaggery you can use sugar. 
  • use ripe and red tomatoes for making saar. avoid tomatoes which have a more sour (khatta) taste. 

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how to make tomato saar recipe

cooking tomatoes:

1. rinse tomatoes well in water. then quarter them. keep aside.

tomatoes to make tomato saar recipe

2. in a pan bring 1.5 cups water to a rapid boil.

making tomato saar recipe

3. add the tomatoes.

tomatoes to make tomato saar recipe

4. cover the pan and simmer on low to medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes till the tomatoes are tender.

tomatoes to make tomato saar recipe

5. the tomatoes have to get softened. let the tomatoes cool down at room temperature or become warm.

tomatoes to make tomato saar recipe

6. then strain the tomatoes using a strainer, so that seeds are removed from the stock.  alternatively you can purée the tomatoes separately and then strain the purée and then grind coconut, chilies and cumin separately. since i do not strain tomato purée, i grind everything together (step 8 below).

tomatoes to make tomato saar recipe

7. keep the reserved stock aside.

making tomato saar recipe

making tomato-coconut paste

8. add the cooked tomatoes in the grinder jar.

making tomato saar recipe

9. also add ½ cup fresh grated coconut, 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped green chilies and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

making tomato saar recipe

10. without adding water grind to a smooth consistency.

making tomato saar recipe

making tomato saar

11. now take the tomato and coconut paste in a pan. i have used the same pan in which i cooked the tomatoes.

making tomato saar recipe

12. add the reserved stock.

making tomato saar recipe

13. add ½ cup water in the grinder jar. swirl and rotate the jar, so that the tomato-coconut paste stuck at the sides and bottom of the jar gets mixed with the water.

making tomato saar recipe

14. now add this water in the pan. you can add water as required. you can overall add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

making tomato saar recipe

15. season with salt as per taste.

making tomato saar recipe

16. add ½ teaspoon jaggery or sugar. you can add less or more as per your taste.

making tomato saar recipe

17. mix very well and keep the pan on a stove top on low to medium flame.

making tomato saar recipe

18. bring the tomato saar to a boil. then switch off then flame. cover and keep aside.

making tomato saar recipe

tempering tomato saar

19. in a tadka pan or a small frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. keep the flame to a low.

making tomato saar recipe

20. then add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds.

making tomato saar recipe

21. let the mustard seeds begin to crackle.

making tomato saar recipe

22. when the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds.

making tomato saar recipe

23. let the cumin seeds also crackle.

making tomato saar recipe

24. then add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1 red chili (broken and seeds removed). fry for a couple of seconds till the red chilies change color. take care not to burn them.

making tomato saar recipe

25. switch off the flame and add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch asafoetida. mix well.

making tomato saar recipe

26. now pour this tempering in the tomato saar.

making tomato saar recipe

27. cover the pan with a lid and allow the tempering flavors to get infused in the saar for 3 to 4 minutes.

making tomato saar recipe

28. then stir the tomato saar.

tomato saar recipe

29. now add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

tomato saar recipe

30. serve tomato saar with steamed rice accompanied with a side veggie stir fried dish like potato fry, tendli fry, raw banana fry or capsicum fry.

maharashtrian tomato saar recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. In the Android app star option doesn’t work.. I’ve marked so many recipes with star and none of them visible in favorites list.. I’ve tried many of ur recipes and it came out very good.. keep up the good work..

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  2. Venkatesh B’lore: Dasan/Amit thanking you. Tamato saar is very simple and excellent tangy and sweet it is different taste once again thank you.

    • Welcome Venkatesh. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  3. Just made it. It is awesome.
    I am from Eastern European background and all these flavours and techniques are absolutely new for me. Thank you for sharing you experience. It is impossible to fail following your instructions.

    P.S. Recipe rating does not work as well as print option. It is only on this page. All other pages are OK

    • Thanks Natalia for your positive feedback and for informing me about the recipe rating issue. I don’t know why it didn’t worked for you. I just checked from two different systems and it is working fine now. Happy cooking.

  4. hi

    the print function of your blog does not work anymore. And that is a very petty because I print a lot of your great recipes

    • thanks for letting me know. i will look into it.