Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kattu saaru / Kattina Saaru /Lemon rasam

Kattu Saaru / Lemon rasam is an easy to prepare rasam made using split pigeon peas / Tuvar dal and does not involve the usage of rasam powder.I like to make this rasam of thin consistency. This ginger- lemon infused rasam is perfect for a cold rainy day.

  • Tuval dal or Split pigeon peas : 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato : 1/2 cup chopped
  • Ginger : 2 tbsp grated
  • Green chillies : 4
  • Jaggery (powdered) : 2 tbsp (Adjust according to taste)
  • Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice: 2 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil : 1 tsp
  • Cilantro : 2 tbsp chopped
For the tempering:
  • Ghee or Clarified butter : 1 tbsp 
  • Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp 
  • Dry red chilli : 1 
  • Curry leaves : 5-6

  • Wash the split pigeon peas, add 1 1/2 cups water, 1 tsp oil and 1/4 tsp turmeric to them and pressure cook them . Once done, mash them until smooth.

  • Heat 3 cups of water. Add tomatoes. ginger ,chillies and jaggery to it and cook until tomatoes are cooked. 

  • Add the mashed dal and turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Add salt

  • Lastly, add chopped cilantro, asafoetida and lemon juice . Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.

  • To prepare the tempering, heat ghee/clarified butter. When hot, add cumin seeds, red chillies and curry leaves. When the seeds start to splutter, turn off the heat and pour this tempering over the hot rasam.

  • Serve piping hot rasam with steamed rice.


  1. Nobody can resist this tangy Rasam ..You did it with authentic touch.

  2. Rasam looks delicious. My mom loves rasam. Will pass this recipe to her.

    1. Please do and let me know her feedback:) Thanks:)

  3. to have it with hot..rice

  4. Yum and certainly its my all time fav. Will try your version for our next veg meal.

    1. Do try it, i am sure you will love it:) thanks dear:)

  5. Perfect recipe Shubha to substitute for the traditional Rasam. Love the fact that the use of spice is minimal. We love to have a glass of rasam with fried papadums many a times like a starter. My folks will love this. I am in love with your rasam pot too. It's so cute.

    1. Piyali, believe me, i too drink a glass of rasam with crushed papadums on the top.. Love it...:)

  6. This delicious kattu with ginger and lemon can add such a warm refreshing, healing touch to the meal. love it! I make kattu saaru Shubha, but don't use lemon . I must try this!!

  7. This is a new recipe for me. I have never made this before. Looks delicious. Very tempting. I have to give it a try soon. :)

  8. Do try it Ritu and let me know your feedback

  9. I second Ritu Ahuja. I have never heard of this Lemon Rasam before. Would sure make it pretty soon, and I just love that cute tempering on top. :-)

    1. Ty so much Anu.. This rasam is very popular in mangalore side of try it:)

  10. Hi Shubha,
    Believe me, I have posted comment on this recipe, but as work mostly from my mobile handset some time, I don't get posted, and it feels so bad. :(

    It was not ur page pblm, but my internet pblm.. then I give up... Because writing comment is just natural flow.. and I find difficult to repeat same words again. :(

    Never mind, I love to write again on this very very superb and delicious rasam recipe. Only thing words will not be same. But this is truly one of the best made rasam recipe with excellent clicks.
    Not to forget, served in very beautiful small handle pot, which I am desperately looking for to grab it.. Loved it and will try very soon and revert back with feedback.

    1. Thank you so much deepa.. This could have been blogger problem too.. Sometime back anu had posted a comment, it never came to me for approval..another friend also faced the same problem.. So it might not be ur problem after all..
      Thanks dear for such kind make it and let me know your feedback:) i hope you like it:)

  11. Shubha thanks so much for sharing such wonderful recipes. I tried this Rasam as well as pav and both turned out good, thanks to all the pictures for guiding us.

    Its lot of effort Shubha, and its really helpful!