Think of this Tomato Saar as Maharastra’s version of a Tomato Soup. Have it by itself or then with rice as it is traditionally served; either way you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Maharashtrian Tomato Saar
Maharashtrian Tomato Saar

For a long-time, I was wondering what to make for this month’s A to Z Challenge where the star ingredient has to be with one whose name begins with the letter T. I mentally cycled through many recipes with turmeric, tamarind, and tomato; and then finally settled for this super simple Maharashtrian Tomato Saar.

One reason I chose this dish is because it fit into my recent theme for recipes that centered around soups, rasams and kadhis. The other is because I have been meaning to feature this simple dish on the blog for a while now but have never got around to it.

If you like tomato-based dishes, do try my recipes for:

How to Make Tomato Saar

  1. Making the Tomato Coconut Puree
    1. Boil 2 cups of water.
    2. Add 3 large tomatoes (~250 gms of tomatoes) to the boiling water.
    3. Boil the tomatoes till the skin of the tomato splits. This took me about 7 minutes of boiling. 
    4. Take the tomatoes out of the water into a plate and let them cool.
    5. Save the water in which the tomatoes were cooked. 
    6. When the tomatoes cool, peel them and discard the skin.
    7. Cut the tomatoes in half.
    8. Grind the boiled tomatoes with 2 tbsp coconut into a fine paste.
  2. Making the Tomato Saar
    1. In a heavy-bottomed vessel, heat 1/2 tsp of ghee or oil.
    2. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies.
    3. Stir-fry till the cumin seeds start to change colour.
    4. Add the tomato puree and mix well.
    5. Add 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp sugar, and some salt.
    6. Bring the Tomato Saar to a boil.
    7. Turn off the heat and garnish with 1 tbsp chopped coriander.
    8. Cover and set the Saar aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Serving Suggestions
    1. Serve the hot Tomato Saar with steamed rice and papad.
Tomato Saar from Maharashtra

I am taking this delicious Tomato Coconut Soup-like to dish to the A to Z Challenge this month.

Recipe for Tomato Saar

Maharashtrian Tomato Saar

Aruna
This Maharashtrian Tomato Saar when served with rice and apapd can make for a light meal in summer or then a warming meal in winter. The best part is that this recipe gets done in less than 30 minutes and so is a boon for busy days.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Accompaniment, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 People
Calories 36 kcal
Equipment
  • 1 heavy-bottomed vessel (1 litre capacity)
  • Blender
  • Ladle
Ingredients
  
  • 3 Large Tomatoes (250 gms)
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to Taste
For Tempering
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Finely Chopped Green Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
Instructions
 
Making the Tomato Coconut Puree
  • Boil 2 cups of water.
  • Add 3 large tomatoes (~250 gms of tomatoes) to the boiling water.
  • Boil the tomatoes till the skin of the tomato splits. This took me about 7 minutes of boiling.
  • Take the tomatoes out of the water into a plate and let them cool.
  • Save the water in which the tomatoes were cooked.
  • When the tomatoes cool, peel them and discard the skin.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half.
  • Grind the boiled tomatoes with 2 tbsp coconut into a fine paste.
Making the Tomato Saar
  • In a heavy-bottomed vessel, heat 1/2 tsp of ghee or oil.
  • Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies.
  • Stir-fry till the cumin seeds start to change colour.
  • Add the tomato puree and mix well.
  • Add 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp sugar, and some salt.
  • Bring the Tomato Saar to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and garnish with 1 tbsp chopped coriander.
Serving Suggestions
  • Serve the hot Tomato Saar with steamed rice and papad.
Nutrition Facts
Maharashtrian Tomato Saar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 521IU10%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Saar, Tomato Saar
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